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


Center editor Gevorg Lalayan attends presentation of Disaster Management Public Awareness Program organized by United Nations Development Program.


Center analyst Alvard Barkhudarian gives comments to Kentron television on the EU constitutional referendum in France.


Center founder Raffi K. Hovannisian attends US Embassy reception, confers with US Senator Chuck Hagel; General Charles Wald, Deputy Commander for the European Command, US Air Force; James MacDougall, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; and Rear Admiral Hamlin B. Tallent, Director of Operations of the US European Command.


Raffi Hovannisian attends Italian Republic Day, confers with Ambassador Marco Clemente.


In Moscow, Center research coordinator Stiopa Safarian attends and addresses a conference on “Diverse Cultures in Contemporary Society” organized by Kennan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Center administrator Karapet Kalenchian attends seminar on “The World Impact of Imam Khomeini’s Ideas” organized by the Iranian Embassy.


Center analysts Hovsep Khurshudian and Elen Meliksetian attend seminar on “The Role of the Parliamentary Ombudsman” organized by UNDP and the Swedish Institute, confer with Marianne von der Esch, Head of International Division at the Office of the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman.


Senior economist Jeffrey Allen Chelsky and economist Emilio Pineda of the International Monetary Fund’s Independent Evaluation Office visit the Center, confer with analyst Hovsep Khurshudian on IEO’s evaluation of IMF’s structural conditionality in Armenia.


Raffi Hovannisian receives German Ambassador Heike Renate Peitsch and Christoph Retzlaff, Deputy Head of Division for Southern Caucasus and Central Asia of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.


Stiopa Safarian gives comments to Kentron television’s “Epicenter” news program on GUAM.


Center analyst Alvard Barkhudarian’s comments on the EU constitutional referendum in France are covered by Aravot daily.


In Steyning, England, Center executive assistant Noune Aidinian attends Wilton Park conference on “Promoting Good Governance and Development in Conflict-Affected Countries: The Role of Parliament and Government.”


Hovannisian receives Georgian Ambassador Revaz Gachechiladze.


Stiopa Safarian attends international seminar on “The Effects of the Rose and Orange Revolutions on the South Caucasus.”


Center legal adviser Knarik Ohanian receives a letter of thanks for participation in the “Interactive Human Rights” European Moot Competition Project.


Research coordinator Stiopa Safarian appears as a special guest on ALM television’s “The Value of the Question” program.


Center analysts Hovsep Khurshudian and Syuzanna Barseghian attend gala ceremony for the presentation of the Mashtots 1600 All-Armenian E-content awards.


Center administrator Karapet Kalenchian attends grand opening of the Philippines Consulate in Armenia, meets with Philippines Honorary Consul Albert Taroyan and Indian Embassy Second Secretary Vishvas Vidu Sapkal.


In Vienna, Austria, analyst Alvard Barkhudarian attends the 8th Annual Partnership for Peace Conference on “Expanding and Enhancing the Partnerships: Further Steps after Istanbul.”


At Armenia’s National Assembly, Stiopa Safarian confers with Romualds Ražuks, NATO Liaison Officer for the Caucasus Political Affairs and Security Policy Division.


In a roundtable with youth activists and university student representatives, Raffi K. Hovannisian is awarded the Fridtjof Nansen Memorial Gold Medal for his long-standing commitment to civil rights, national and universal values, and affirmation and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide. The event is covered by Shant, Armenia, ArmNews, AR, and HaiTV television; RadioLiberty, MaxLiberty and Armenian public radio; Noyan Tapan, A1 Plus, Arka and Arminfo news agencies; Taregir, Azg and Aravot dailies; and Iravunk, Noyan Tapan Highlights and Massis weeklies.


Stiopa Safarian’s comments on the upcoming parliamentary elections in Karabagh are broadcast by ALM television.


The Center’s recent seminar on “Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC): A New Pulse in the Region” is featured by The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a journal of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, in “Armenia Evaluates the Pros and Cons of the BTC Pipeline.”


Professor Paul Williams of American University’s College of Law visits the Center, confers with Stiopa Safarian.


Stiopa Safarian’s interview on parliamentary elections in Karabagh is covered by Regnum news agency in “The Threads of Opposition Movement in Karabagh Lead to President’s Office in Armenia.”


In Los Angeles, Raffi Hovannisian attends and addresses reception on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies.


Center research coordinator Stiopa Safarian, analysts Armine Ghazarian and Hasmik Mkrtchian attend policy lecture by Washington-based analyst Richard Giragosian on “Current Challenges Facing Armenia in Its Position in the Region.”


In Tsakhkadzor, Hovsep Khurshudian attends regional conference on “Constitutional Amendments in Armenia: Legal and Political Aspects.”

19   Analyst Hasmik Mkrtchian and intern Ludér Tavit Sahagian represent the Center as international observers in the parliamentary elections of the Republic of Mountainous Karabagh.

“ACNIS 10th Anniversary Marked by US Congress, California Senate” is the headline of a news item posted on Armenian news network Groong.


In Brussels and Mons, Belgium, Center research coordinator Stiopa Safarian attends and addresses a NATO Tour-Program entitled “Caucasus for the Caucasus” for opinion-makers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.


Center analyst Elen Meliksetian attends public seminar on “European Integration and Armenia.”


Analyst Alvard Barkhudarian meets with Maciej Falkowski of the Warsaw-based Center for Eastern Studies, confers on the Karabagh conflict, the Russian factor, and their political impact on Armenia.


Kalenchian and Safarian attend the 5th anniversary celebration of the International Center for Human Development, during which ACNIS is awarded a prize in recognition of productive cooperation and leadership.


Analyst Elen Meliksetian attends seminar on “How to Build a Free State.”


Center administrator Karapet Kalenchian attends public discussion of the Annual Report of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia.


Center research coordinator Stiopa Safarian attends and addresses an open discussion on “Regional Cooperation and Armenia.”


In Paramus, New Jersey, Raffi Hovannisian presents greetings at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Armenian Reporter International.


Stiopa Safarian briefs Josef Vrabec, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Jaromir Plisek, Director General of the Territorial Section of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ivana Kuranianova of the Ministry’s Department of Southeastern and Eastern Europe, and Blanka Hancilova, OSCE Yerevan Office democratization officer, on political developments in Armenia.


Stiopa Safarian attends Canada Day reception, confers with Ambassador Christopher Westdal.


Safarian’s comments on the election as Iranian President of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are broadcast by public radio.


Stiopa Safarian attends US Embassy reception to welcome cultural affairs officer Tressa Rae Finerty, confers with Finerty and public affairs officer Kimberly Hargan.


Center public affairs specialist Lilit Sarukhanian attends Armenia Tree Project presentation on Shikahogh state reserve.


Karapet Kalenchian and Stiopa Safarian attend Belarus Independence Day reception, confer with Belarus Ambassador Marina Dolgopolova.


Hovsep Khurshudian’s comments are covered by Institute for War and Peace Reporting in “Armenia: Constitutional Deal in Sight.”

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