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

June 2008

Center founder Raffi K. Hovannisian attends Italian Embassy reception, confers with Ambassador Massimo Lavezzo Cassinelli.

Center research coordinator Syuzanna Barseghian gives interview to Public Radio on “Armenia’s 90-Year Statehood.”

3   The Center convenes policy roundtable on “The Republic of Armenia: 90 Years of Statehood,” covered by Azg, Hayastani Hanrapetutiun, Haik, Haikakan Zhamanak and Hraparak dailies, Novosti Armenia, Regnum, Hayinfo and  Noyan Tapan Highlights news agencies, Day.Az site, Radio Liberty and Armenia television.

Raffi Hovannisian attends Swedish National Day reception, confers with Ambassador Hans Gunnar Adén.

In Vilnius, Lithuania, Center director of administration Karapet Kalenchian attends international conference on “The Fall of the Berlin Wall: From Budapest to Vilnius.”

Center senior analyst Manvel Sargsian’s article on “What Do They Want From the Ombudsman?” is published in Hraparak daily.

7   In Vilnius, Karapet Kalenchian attends and addresses conference on “Soviet Culture: A Failed Project of Soviet Modernity?,” confers with Rector Gia Bugadze of Tbilisi State Academy of Art; Andrei Piontkovsky of the Hudson Institute; Oleh Soskin, Director of the Institute of Society Transformation; and Director Mindaugas Butkus of the Foreign Policy Analysis and Planning Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.
9   Karapet Kalenchian attends reception on the 90th anniversary of Georgia’s declaration of independence, confers with Ambassador Revaz Gechechiladze.

Raffi Hovannisian receives Dr. Ali Granmayeh of the Middle East Institute at the University of London.

Syuzanna Barseghian attends roundtable on “Turkey’s Problems of European Integration and Armenia.”
12   Hovannisian speaks on current domestic challenges, covered by Public Radio and Radio Liberty, and H1, H2, Kentron, Yerkir Media, AR and Shant televisions.

Center research staff briefs representatives of the Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute of Development Research Center based in China.

Manvel Sargsian’s article on “Councils, Chambers, Commissions… Gentlemen, What is the Matter?” is published by Armenia Today news agency.

Raffi Hovannisian meets with Hugh Mingarelli of the EU Directorate General for External Relations and Raul de Lutzenberger, head of the European Commission Delegation in Armenia.

The Center welcomes as 2008 summer interns Zaven Sargsian of Utah University, Alexander Kherlopian of Bentley College, and Michael Morel of Merrimack College.
17   Hovannisian receives U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Joseph Pennington and political officer Daniel Hastings.
18   Manvel Sargsian’s article on “Russia Has Become Lost in the Labyrinth of Affection Toward Armenia” is published by Hraparak daily.
23   Raffi Hovannisian gives interview to Radio Liberty.
23-25   In Strasbourg, France, Raffi K. Hovannisian attends and addresses the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and its various committees.

Syuzanna Barseghian participates in roundtable on “The Impact of Dual Citizenship on Poverty Reduction in Armenia.”

Barseghian gives interview to Public Radio on “Armenian-Russian Relations.”
26   The Center convenes policy roundtable on “Armenian-Russian Relations: A New Prospect,” covered by A1+, Mediamax and Groong news agencies.
27   Research coordinator Syuzanna Barseghian and senior analyst Hovsep Khurshudian attend policy roundtable on “Five Scenarios for NATO-Armenia Relations.”
28   Karapet Kalenchian confers with Professors Lamara Beridze and Lali Chagelishvili of the Tbilisi State University of Economic Relations.
29 ACNIS associate Stiopa Safarian is the guest of “Azdarari Hetagits” program on AR television.

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