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

August 2009
1  

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian attends a special Polish Embassy reception to bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador Tomacz Knothe.

ACNIS senior analyst Manvel Sargsian’s article on “No One Likes the Extreme Disobedient” is published by the Hraparak daily.
   
3  

Giragosian hosts visiting Italian researcher, anthropologist Luca Guiduzzi from the University of Torino, whose research project is on the “Collective Identity of Armenians in Karabagh.”

Giragosian gives a live interview to the Turkish Haberturk news channel on the Armenian-Turkish relations and recent developments in the region.
   
4  

ACNIS receives a new group of ACNIS interns from the Brusov and Yerevan State Universities.

Giragosian gives an interview to the Yerkir television station on the one-year anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.

Giragosian meets with analyst Tigran Mkrtchian of the European Stability Initiative (ESI) Armenia to discuss regional matters.   

Manvel Sargsian’s comments on the Madrid Principles are covered by the Novosti Armenia news agency.
   
5  

Richard Giragosian meets and confers with Stella Manukian of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Giragosian gives an interview to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service on the first anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.

Richard Giragosian gives an interview to the Hayots Ashkharh daily newspaper on developments in Armenian-Turkish relations.
   
6  

ACNIS convenes a closed briefing, for summer interns from the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) and other guests, featuring three separate presentations assessing the latest developments in Iran’s ongoing post-election crisis, with a focus on the implications and lessons for Armenia, an update on the status of Turkish-Armenian diplomacy, and a review of the mediation effort aimed at seeking a negotiated resolution of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict.

Giragosian gives an interview to the Zhamanak daily newspaper on recent foreign policy issues.

Richard Giragosian’s interview to the Hayots Ashkharh daily newspaper is referenced in a report of the Panorama.am news agency, and by Radio Liberty.
   
7   Giragosian gives an interview to the Arminfo news agency on Armenian foreign policy issues.
   
8

Giragosian welcomes new internship candidates from the Brusov University and the Yerevan State University (YSU).

Richard Giragosian is the guest of the “Hayatsk Ashkharhin” program on the Yerevantelevision, and speaks on NATO and current developments in the region.

Richard Giragosian’s interview with the Arminfo news agency is referenced ina report published by the Aravot daily newsaper.
   
10   ACNIS, in cooperation with the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, conducts a training workshop for ACNIS and Eurasia staff, focusing on “action writing” aimed at developing professional writing skills.
   
11   Manvel Sargsian’s analysis on the “Military Industry and Its Manpower” is published by the Lragir.am news agency.
   
12  

Giragosian meets and discusses a special research program on “Scenario and Modeling” with Analyst Sargis Harutiunian of the Noravank Foundation.

Giragosian gives an interview to the Azerbaijani Trend news agency on Matthew Bryza’s possible appointment as the new US Ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Giragosian gives an interview to the Panorama.am news agency on the OSCE Minsk Group. The interview is referenced in reports published by the Hayinfo, Day.Az, 7or.am and Regnum news agencies.

Sargsian’s article on “The Cat and Mouse Game Continues” is published by the Hraparak daily.

Sargsian’s analysis on “Mountainous Karabagh: Is Merit the Sole Problem?” is published by the Lragir.am news agency.
   
13  

Richard Giragosian and Manvel Sargsian attend the Social-Democratic Hnchak Party’s “Sargis Tkhruni” Youth Student Union’s event on the Armenian-Turkish diplomacy, and deliver lectures on “Armenia-Turkey: Perspectives for National Security” and “Armenian-Turkish Relations: Possibilities and Obstacles” respectively. The event is covered by the Zhamanak and Haik dailies, Lragir.am, Panarmenian.Net, Tert.am and Aysor news agencies, and Kentron television.

Giragosian gives an interview to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Maxliberty program on regional developments.

Richard Giragosian meets with Bart Putney and Lilit Ohanian of the US Embassy, and briefs them on the current political situation in Armenia.
   
14  

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issues an official statement in response to ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian’s comments on Turkish-Russian negotiations.

Richard Giragosian meets with Gerard Albert from the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) to discuss possible cooperation.

Giragosian attends “Orran” Benevolent NGO’s fundraising reception, and, on behalf of ACNIS, confers with numerous sponsors and donors.
   
15  

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s article on “Why Did Bryza Need to Announce the Sixty-Five Percent?” is published by the Hraparak daily.

Sargsian gives an interview to the Zhamanak daily on “The Karabagh Question Might Become a Cause for Social Unrest.”
   
16   Richard Giragosian gives an interview to the Turkish Today’s Zaman newspaper on the Armenian-Turkish relations.
   
17   Giragosian gives an interview to the News.am news agency on current negotiations over the Armenian-Turkish relations and the Karabagh issue.
   
18  

Giragosian meets and confers with Lilit Ohanian of the US Embassy.

ACNIS releases a statement on the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s official statement, covered by the Golos Armenii daily, Tert.am, E-Channel, Aysor, Lragir.am, Armenia Today and 7or.am news agencies.
   
20  

Giragosian meets with and gives an interview to the International Crisis Group’s (ICG) local representative Tamar Hayrikian, and speaks on Armenian-Turkish relations and the Karabagh issue.

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian gives an interview to the Arminfo news agency on “A Compromise Alternative in the Form of Madrid Principles: Nothing But a Risky International Venture.”
   
21   Giragosian and the Center’s staff and interns convene and review their research activities, and discuss current regional developments.
   
22   ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s analysis on “Armenia: Lessons for Those Who Are Slow on the Uptake” is published by the Armenia Today news agency.
   
24   Sargsian’s article on “Can Armenia and Turkey Do Without Russia?” is published by the Lragir.am news agency.
   
25   ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian, Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian, Executive Assistant Jemma Melkonian and intern Anna Stepanian attend the Institute for War and Peace Reporting roundtable on refugees and the Karabagh conflict.
   
26   Center staff and interns hold an informal discussion on current developments in the region.
   
27   Richard Giragosian meets with the newly appointed Italian Ambassador Bruno Scapini, and briefs him on the present-day political, cultural and economic situation in Armenia.
     
28  

Richard Giragosian gives an interview to the 168 Zham daily newspaper on the state of Armenian-Turkish relations.

Giragosian meets with Director Sargis Sedrakian of the Farmer’s Union NGO, and discusses rural development in Armenia.
   
29   ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian gives an interview to Radio Liberty on the current events with respect to Armenian-Turkish relations.
   
     

 
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