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

July 2009
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ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian attends Canadian Embassy reception on the Canadian Day, confers with Ambassador Ralph Lysyshyn.

Giragosian gives interview to Azerbaijan’s Trend news agency on Armenian-Russian relations.

Giragosian meets with the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby to review the latest developments in the region.  In a separate meeting, Giragosian discusses Armenian-Turkish diplomacy with Gagik Harutiunian, the director of the Noravank Foundation.
   
1-5   In Kalymnos, Greece, Center Research Coordinator Syuzanna Barseghian attends and addresses the Second International Black Sea Symposium 2009, entitled “The Black Sea Region: The State of Play and the Way Forward.”
   
3  

Giragosian gives an interview by telephone to the Horizon television station based in Los-Angeles on the current developments in the region.

Giragosian attends an Open Society Institute-sponsored (OSI) roundtable on “European Week.”

Giragosian article on “Weathering the Storm: Political Democracy and Economic Development” is published by the ArmeniaNow news agency.

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s article on “The March 1 Case: The Insight Came Very Late” is published by the ArmeniaToday news agency.
   
4   Richard Giragosian’s analysis on “A Comparative Analysis: Lessons for Armenia from the Unrest of Iran” is published by the Massis weekly.
   
5   Giragosian meets with visiting Italian expert Luca Zarilli.
   
7  

Richard Giragosian attends US Embassy reception on the US Independence Day, confers with Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and other senior officials.

Giragosian meets with German Human Rights Commissioner Günter Nooke and briefs him on the current political and economic situation in Armenia.

Giragosian makes a statement commenting on US President Obama’s Moscow Summit, covered by the Aravot, Hayots Ashkharh and Capital dailies, Massis weekly, news.am, 7or.am, A1+, Lragir.am, the Groong news service, ArmeniaToday and the Panarmenian.Net news agency.

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian attends a “Civilitas Foundation” roundtable on “Vulgarity Instead of A Political Debate.”
   
8

Center founder Raffi K. Hovannisian meets with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza and US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, speak on Karabagh issue, Armenian-Turkish relations and regional challenges.

Center Director Richard Giragosian meets with “Boll Foundation” Executive Director Iris Kempe.
   
8-10   In Karabagh, Richard Giragosian attends and speaks at an international conference on “The Karabagh Conflict: New Realities” sponsored by the German “Boll Foundation,” and presents a paper on “Changing Realities and Involvement of Outer Actors in the Karabagh Conflict,” covered by the Azg, Aravot and Capital dailies, Regnum, Panarmenian.Net, Kavkazskiy Uzel, Novosti Armenia, 7or.am, Groong, Hetq and Arminfo news agencies, and by Public Radio and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also gives an interview to Karabagh National Television while in Stepanakert.
   
9   Giragosian meets with Nagorno Karabagh Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgi Petrosian.
   
9-12   In London, ACNIS Senior Analyst Sargsian attends and addresses a roundtable on “Karabagh 2014: Scenarios,” meets with Sir Brian Fall, UK Government Special Representative on South Caucasus; Martin Harris of the Cabinet Office; Justin McKenzie Smith, Deputy Head of the RuSCCAD, FCO; Craig Oliphant, Head of the Eastern Research Group, FCO; Lynne Rocks, Mark Waller and Lottie Waller of the RuSCCAD, FCO; Elin Burns of the DSPPA, FCO; and Adam Ferron of the Eastern Research Group, FCO.
   
10  

Richard Giragosian meets with Marcin Walecki, the Executive Director of the European Partnership for Democracy, to discuss developments in Armenia.

Syuzanna Barseghian meets and confers with Second Secretary of Romanian Embassy to Armenia Marius Cebotaru.
   
11   Giragosian receives Diana Arsenian of the Carnegie Foundation in the USA.
   
12   Giragosian meets with visiting journalists from Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News and Today’s Zaman newspapers.
   
13   Giragosian meets with Janusz Bugajski, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and briefs him on recent developments in the region.
   
15   Richard Giragosian holds an informal workshop on Internet research and writing for ACNIS staff and interns.
   
16  

ACNIS convenes a policy roundtable on “Rural Poverty and Democracy in Armenia.” The event is covered by the Capital, Azg and Aravot dailies, Aysor, Panorama.am, Arka, 7or.am, ArmeniaToday and the Groong news agencies.

Richard Giragosian’s comments on Armenian-Turkish relations are published by the Turkish Today’s Zaman daily newspaper.

Giragosian gives an interview to Today.Az on the current developments in the region.
   
17  

The Center holds an open discussion on environmental issues in Armenia with Karine Hakobyan, the head of the “Reform” NGO and former Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs.

Giragosian briefs several visiting representatives of the International Crisis Group (ICG) on developments in Nagorno Karabagh.

Giragosian meets and confers with Ruben Safrastyan of the Academy Sciences of Armenia to discuss the status of Armenian-Turkish diplomacy.

Giragosian gives an interview to the Azerbaijani Trend news agency on Karabagh issue.  

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian gives an interview to Haikakan Zhamanak on “They Can Not Go Against the Society.”

Sargsian gives comments to news.am news agency on “If There is an Arrangement Between Russia and Azerbaijan, The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) May Appear in Karabagh.”
   
18   Richard Giragosian participates in a live roundtable discussion for Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service devoted to Armenian foreign policy issues.
   
20  

Giragosian meets with Simon Panek, the Executive Director of the humanitarian organization People in Need, a leading Czech NGO active in Armenia.

Giragosian receives former US Senate staffer Greg Aftandilian and a group of 20 students from the Northeastern University, and provides an informal lecture on Armenia’s foreign policy and Armenian Genocide issue to the visitors.

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s analysis on “The Lessons of the Decade-Long of Passion Over Karabagh” is published by the ArmeniaToday news agency.

Sargsian’s editorial on “The Plan Toward Handing Karabagh Over Peacefully Was Inhibited Once Again” is published by the Lragir.am news agency.
   
21  

Giragosian meets with a delegation of military officers and academics from the US state of Kansas and provides a briefing to US Army General Tod Bunting, the Adjutant General of Kansas in charge of US military assistance to Armenia.

Giragosian holds a press conference on the Nagorno Karabagh issue at the Hayatsk press club. The event is covered by Hayots Ashkharh, Hayastani Hanrapetutiun, Azatamtutiun, Iravunk Hetaknnutiun, Azg, Haik and Georgian The Messenger dailies, Panorama.am, Report.am, Aysor, MediaMax, Tert.am, Noyan Tapan, A1+, news.am, Hayinfo, Novosti Armenia, ArmeniaToday, Regnum, 7or.am, Arminfo, Interfax and Panarmenian.Net news agencies.

Giragosian participates in a special screening of short films addressing the state of freedom and civil liberties in Armenia hosted by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

Manvel Sargsian meets with British Ambassador Charles Lonsdale.
   
22   Giragosian assists in a research project on “social exclusion in Armenia” by University of Missouri- St. Louis senior researcher Anna Martirosyan.
   
23  

ACNIS convenes a policy roundtable on “IT Development and the Challenge of Cyber-Security in Armenia.” The event is referenced in Aravot dailiy, Panarmenian.Net, ArmeniaToday, news.am, 7or.am, Panorama.am, Aysor, the Groong and ArmeniaNow news agencies, Noyan Tapan Highlights, and by the Public Radio.

Richard Giragosian gives an interview to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Armenian Service on Armenian military employment to Afghanistan. The interview is republished ArmeniaToday news agency.

ACNIS hosts a lecture by former US Senate staffer and historian Greg Aftandilian on “The Armenian-American Lobby.”

Giragosian meets and confers with the former Armenia Country Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF), George Anayiotos.
   
24  

Giragosian gives an interview to Internews news agency on Armenian foreign policy challenges.

ACNIS staff participates in a “summer party” hosted by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, joining staff from Transparency International, Yerevan State University and the Yerevan Press Club.
     
25   Giragosian’s comments on the Karabagh issue are published by the 7or.am news agency.
   
26  

Sargsian’s article on “Karabagh Problem: Blackmail is At Work, Yet Again” is published by the ArmeniaToday news agency.

Giragosian meets with senior officials from the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Yerevan State University and the Yerevan Press Club to discuss plans for cooperation in implementing projects in Armenia within the framework of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative.
   
27  

Giragosian holds a lecture on Karabagh and Armenian foreign policy to a group of several dozen Armenian university students, youth activists and members of the youth wings of several Armenian political parties.  The presentation was organized by the Helsinki Citizens´ Assembly-Armenia (HCA-Armenia).

Giragosian gives an interview to the E-Channel news agency on “Political Conflicts Are Not Resolved Militarily.”

Manvel Sargsian gives commentary on the possibility of war in Karabagh, covered by the ArmeniaToday news agency.

Center analysts Syuzanna Barseghian and Armine Ghazarian attend the presentation at the Caucasus Resource Research Center (CRRC) of the research on “The Freedom of Expression and Censorship in Armenia hosted by sociologist Gayane Ghazarian.
   
28  

Giragosian separately gives interview to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service on Armenian military peacekeeping and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani Service on the Karabagh issue.

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s article on “Why Were the Madrid Principles Disclosed?” is published by the Hraparak daily.

Sargsian’s analysis on “A Forecast of The Future Destiny of the Karabagh Conflict” is published by the ArmeniaToday news agency.

Center analysts Syuzanna Barseghian and Armine Ghazarian, and Executive Assistant Jemma Melkonian attend a presentation at the Caucasus Resource Research Center (CRRC) of research on social household survey data.
   
29  

Richard Giragosian gives an interview to the ArmeniaToday news agency on Armenian-Turkish relations.

Giragosian meets with Brusov University Professor Gayane Margossian to discuss plans for the Center to host several Brusov interns during the Fall.
   
30  

ACNIS Director of Administration Karapet Kalenchian attends Chinese Embassy reception marking the 82nd anniversary of the Chinese army.

ACNIS hosts an event organized by the National Citizens’ Initiative (NCI) on “Xenophobia and the Freedom of Expression in Armenia.”

Giragosian gives a closed briefing for ACNIS interns and staff on “Current Developments in Iran, Karabagh and Turkey.”

Giragosian meets with visiting author and Le Monde Diplomatique journalist Vicken Cheterian and reviews regional developments.
   
31  

Center Founder Raffi K. Hovannisian’s article on “Standing Up to Barack & Co: Armenia, 3M Realpolitik and the Integrity Thing” is published by the ArmeniaNow news agency, Hetq Online, PanArmenainNet, and the Groong news service.

Center Director Richard Giragosian and Karine Hakobian, the director of the “Reform” NGO, hold a press conference at the Hayatsk press club on the issue of “Casinos as a threat to National Security.” The event is covered by the Hayots Ashkharh, Capital, Azatamtutiun, Azg and Haik dailies, 7or.am, Panorama.am, A1+ and Lragir.am news agencies.

Giragosian meets with John Hughes, the editor of ArmeniaNow to discuss joint projects and cooperation between the news agency and the Center.
     
     

 
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