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November 10, 2010


Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) held a special briefing on November 10 to provide an overview of a new joint ACNIS project with “Impuls” Radio, an initiative that seeks to “elevate the debate” of critical issues by providing objective information and analysis covering a wide range of topics, ranging from issues of domestic politics to foreign policy.  ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian introduced the aims and plans for the new joint project, and Garegin Khumaryan and Gevorg Tadevosyan, both from “Impuls” Radio, provided a detailed overview of the project’s planned activities, format and programs. “Impuls” Radio is a leading private radio station known for its extensive cultural, educational, political and social programming (www.impuls.am).

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian opened the briefing by explaining that “for far too long, many critical issues facing Armenia today, including developments related to Armenian-Turkish diplomacy and the Karabagh peace process, have been marked by a lack of objective information and analysis.”

He then added that “for the ordinary Armenian citizen, this lack of information has only fostered a dangerous degree of misinformation or disinformation, which, as a result, most Armenians have become increasingly disengaged from critical national issues and have become accustomed to a general lack of domestic political debate.”

In order to begin to address this broader problem, ACNIS is initiating this joint project with “Impuls” Radio in order to provide radio listeners with objective informational and analytical programming.  Following the presentations, participants engaged in a lively and constructive discussion of the project aims and raised several key concerns.

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.

For further information on the Center call (37410) 52-87-80 or 27-48-18; fax (37410) 52-48-46; email root@acnis.am or info@acnis.am; or visit www.acnis.am.

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