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July 7, 2010


Yerevan— The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) held two presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 6 and 7, providing an assessment of the Azerbaijani armed forces and an update on current developments in Nagorno Karabagh.

The opening session of these two related presentations offered an objective analysis of the current state of the Azerbaijani military and an assessment of the threat of war in the region, with ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian presenting a new report on the Azerbaijani armed forces.  The July 6 presentation included a detailed report on various aspects of the Azerbaijani armed forces, ranging from Azerbaijan’s combat capabilities to the deeper problems of corruption within the Azerbaijani ministry of defense.

The second session, held on July 7, was opened by ACNIS Administrative Director Karapet Kalenchian and focused on recent developments related to the Nagorno Karabagh conflict.  Speaking to over sixty participants, including the Brazilian and Indian ambassadors, as well as officials from the Council of Europe, the European Union and the OSCE, ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian gave the first presentation.

Sargsian explained that “the essential thing in the normalization process of the Karabagh conflict were US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statements made in Yerevan, and specifically her point that it is not the US who can resolve this conflict.”  According to the analyst, “Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also recently made a similar declaration,” which he said “allows us to conclude that outside powers do not justify Azerbaijan’s expectations toward the resolution of this matter.”

The second speaker, ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian, presented an updated analysis of recent developments. Each of the presentations was followed by a series of questions and answers, and featured a lively exchange with the audience.

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) is a leading independent strategic research center located in Yerevan, Armenia.  As an independent, objective institution committed to conducting professional policy research and analysis, ACNIS strives to raise the level of public debate and seeks to broaden public engagement in the public policy process, as well as fostering greater and more inclusive public knowledge. Founded in 1994, ACNIS is the institutional initiative of Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Over the past fifteen years, ACNIS has acquired a prominent reputation as a primary source of professional independent research and analysis covering a wide range of national and international policy issues.

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