Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
There is no analytical bloc in Armenia's management system because the system was built and has been functioning not according to the classical requirements but because of authoritarianism, director of "Sociometer" sociological centre, Aharon Adibekyan, said on 20 March during presentation of the results of sociological research within the frames of the programme "Caucasus barometer".
He said that the government of Armenia signed an agreement with UN Development Programme, according to which the annual index of human potential development published by the Programme should be a basis for the policy of the government, but this agreement is not fulfilled by the government.
For her part, the acting chief of social management of Armenian government's administration, Astghik Mirzakhanyan, said that unfortunately, executive power
bodies take decisions not on the basis of suggestions of international organizations offered to the governmental structures on the basis of public opinion polls held in Armenia. She also added that ministries should use the data of public opinion polls when drawing out their politics. "However, not local but foreign structures seem to use the results of sociological research", - she said.
For his part, director of "Eurasia" cooperation fund, Gevork Ter-Gabrielyan, said that there is a big watershed between the procedure of adopting decisions, the database and the database production. He thinks that the first reason of such a situation is a new practice, as during the Soviet times decisions were adopted by
the will of leadership. He presented the data of one of the research centres, according to which about 25 structures that produce materials for those which adopt decisions, have been functioning in Armenia, and half of them are state structures. And only some of them used funds of international donors so that to create bridges between the database and adoption of decisions. He thinks that local research organizations supported by international structures should implement analytical work for the government. "But the government should want that", - he concluded.