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The Center's most important events and activities, including meetings, visits, conferences, roundtables and seminars, receptions, interviews and media comments


The Center moves to its new headquarters on Embassy Row. Prof. Tatoul Manasserian joins the staff as Director of Research.

Center analyst Sergey Shakaryants comments for Mir radio on the Armenian President's official visit to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.


Noyan Tapan News agency reports on Raffi K. Hovannisian's public statement on the closure of A1+ television.


Hovannisian attends Russian Embassy reception on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia, confers with Russian Ambassador Anatoliy Driukov.

Hovannisian's statement on the closure of A1+ is published in Aravot daily and broadcast by ArmeniaLiberty radio.


The opinion on Raffi K. Hovannisian as a leader for presidential candidacy, entitled "Has the 'Hot Spring Season' Started?", is published in Hayots Ashkharh daily.


Hovannisian attends Chinese Embassy reception on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Armenia, confers with Chinese Ambassador Tszo Syuelian.

Center analyst Sergey Shakaryants participating in Mir television bridge, comments on the current situation of CIS countries, and focuses on ongoing processes in the Transcaucasus.


Hrach Hakobyan's opinion on the policy of complementarity is published in Novoye Vremia semiweekly newspaper.


Hovannisian's statement on the closure of A1+ and Noyan Tapan television stations is published in the Noyan Tapan Highlights.


Raffi K. Hovannisian launches the National Citizens' Initiative.

Analyst Sergey Shakaryants gives interview to Armenian public radio on the situation in the Transcaucasus and the Middle East.

Shakaryants delivers lecture to a special regiment of the Armed Forces of Armenia on the defense minister's visit to the United States, events in the Caucasus, and US-Russian relations.


All Armenian media focus on the launching of the National Citizens' Initiative.

Shakaryants gives interview to Voice of America on the situation in the region and Russian-American relations.


Raffi K. Hovannisian's opinions headlined "We Have Retreated in the Karabagh Question," and "Raffi Hovannisian's Initiative" is published in Haykakan Zhamanak daily and Golos Armenii quarterly, respectively.


Raffi K. Hovannisian attends Indian Embassy reception to bid farewell to Indian Ambassador Bal Anand.


Hovannisian leaves for a speaking tour in Asia and Australia.

The National Citizens' Initiative holds its first press conference to present its programs to the public.


Annotations on Hovannisian's visit to the Armenian communities of Asia and Australia are published in Aravot daily.

"Raffi K. Hovannisian Establishes the National Citizens' Initiative in Armenia" is published in The Armenian Observer of Los Angeles.

Research director Tatoul Manasserian attends the 70th anniversary jubilee of the late Karen Demirchian, Armenia's former parliamentary speaker.

Comments on the National Citizens' Initiative's first press conference are published by the Arminfo News Agency and Hayastani Hanrapetutiun daily.

News on Ashot Aghababyan's assignment as Director of the Center's information department is published in Haykakan Zhamanak daily.


Dr. Norair Der Kevorkian, Armenia's honorary consul in Thailand, hosts Raffi K. Hovannisian in Bangkok, organizing an evening with the Armenian community of Thailand and a dinner briefing with members of the Royal Thai government and the foreign diplomatic corps.


Reports on Hovannisian's forthcoming appearance as a distinguished international guest speaker at the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Australia are published in Groong's Calendar of Events and in Golos Armenii on "Raffi Hovannisian Will Lecture in Australia."

Excerpts of Raffi K. Hovannisian's upcoming interview on his possible candidacy in future elections are published by Aravot daily.

Glendale's Nor Gyank Armenian/English weekly publishes articles on "Raffi Hovannisian: Karabagh Self-Determination Issue Should be Solved by Karabagh People," "Armenia Retreated in Karabagh Issue," and "Ex-Foreign Minister Sets up Public Organization."

Tatoul Manasserian attends Iranian Embassy reception on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran, confers with Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Farhad Koleini and defense attaché Colonel Mohammad Hassan Validad.

Comments on the National Citizens' Initiative first press conference, headlined "Free from Political Ambitions," are published in Aravot daily.


Center research director Tatoul Manasserian and analyst Vrej Jiji attend reception on the second anniversary of the International Center for Human Development.


Raffi K. Hovannisian's interview on current affairs and The National Citizens' Initiative, entitled "A Nation that Creates Its Situation or One that is Subject to It," is published in Aravot daily.

Comments on Raffi K. Hovannisian's possible presidential candidacy are printed in Taregir on-line daily's editorial entitled "Who is He?"


Tatoul Manasserian attends US Embassy meeting, confers with US Ambassador John Ordway, David Phillips, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and Armenian public figures and party leaders David Hovhannisian, Alexander Arzoumanian, Lyudmila Haroutiunian, Aghvan Vardanian, and Vazgen Manoukian.


An analysis headlined "Raffi Hovannisian's Public Role" are highlighted in Hayots Ashkarh daily.

Tatoul Manasserian visits the World Bank's Yerevan office, confers with Owaise Saadat, World Bank resident representative, on areas of mutual concern.


In Sydney, Raffi K. Hovannisian delivers the keynote address, in Armenian and in English, to a community-wide commemoration of the 87th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Sydney's Armenia weekly reports that "R. Hovannisian Founded National Citizens' Initiative."

Center staff lay a wreath at the Tsitsernakaberd monument to the victims of the 1915 Genocide.


Hovannisian gives at SBS Australian headquarters separate interviews to the World Service and Armenian service of SBS Radio and Television, and also takes part in a requiem service offered at the Armenian Genocide Altar by Archbishop Aghan Baliozian of Australia and New Zealand.

Hovannisian briefs 50 Australian community leaders about the Center, the National Citizens' Initiative, and the Orran Center for Children of the Street at a reception given by national benefactors Heros and Katy Dilanchian.

Despina-Ino Afentouli, liaison officer of NATO's Country Relations Section, visits the Center, confers with research director Tatoul Manasserian.


Center analysts Sergey Shakaryants, Vrej Jiji, and Vahagn Aglian attend an international conference on "Shaping an Environment for Peace, Stability, and Confidence in South Caucasus," confer with Charles Blandy of the Conflict Studies Research Center, Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov, former co-chair of the OSCE Minsk group.


In Sydney, Raffi K. Hovannisian meets with New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, Federal Senator M. Payne of the Armenian-Australian Parliamentary Friendship Committee, and Varoujan Iskenderian, representative of the Republic of Mountainous Karabagh in Australia.

Hovannisian addresses the Australian-Armenian Chamber of Commerce on comparative advantages and modern challenges in the spheres of economy, commerce, good governance, and the rule of law.

Hovannisian takes part at the New South Wales Parliament in a candle-light vigil in front of the official parliamentary khachkar dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. He then delivers at parliament the annual Armenian Genocide Commemorative Lecture on "The Armenian Genocide: Memory and Imperative in the Century After."

Hovannisian's activities in Australia are briefed in Yerkir weekly.

Hovannisian's activity is cited in the Turkish Daily News article headlined "Armenian Question and the Western Powers."


Hovannisian keynotes Melbourne's memorial gathering of 500 community members, and offers his perspectives for the local Armenian radio program.

Commentary on Raffi K. Hovannisian, headlined "Welcome Back, Raffi Hovannisian," is published in the Armenian Reporter of New York.


In Sydney, Hovannisian gives interviews to Armenian press and television and Australian radio, and delivers a public lecture on current affairs in Armenia and around the world.


Research director Tatoul Manasserian visits Iranian Embassy, confers with Ambassador Mohammad Farhad Koleini on regional issues.


Release entitled "Raffi K. Hovannisian Concludes Asian and Australian Tour: Keynotes Genocide Commemorations, Meets New South Wales Premier" is published by the Armenian News Network.

Manasserian attends reception on the UN's first decade in Armenia, confers with Joel Boutroue, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative.

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