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December 12, 2013


Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) today, 12 December 2013, through a joint initiative of researchers and experts, released its overview booklet entitled “Armenia 2013: Overcoming the Challenges” during the presentation held at the Center’s office. The booklet highlights and summarizes the major social and political developments of 2013.

At a critical juncture of major challenges facing the country, issues pertaining to forging a civilized path of development and social recovery, together with serious shortcomings of February elections and alarming immigration patterns, were among many of the problems raised and addressed by analysts, politicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the media.

ACNIS director of research Manvel Sargsian welcomed the audience with opening remarks and conveyed hope that the publication will serve its purpose in terms of presenting a brief and meaningful guideline for formulating an informed public opinion and perspective on many of the issues underlying the political and social agenda of the country.

The meeting also featured brief presentations from the publication authors Saro Saroian, Edgar Vardanian, Ashkhen Musheghian and Karapet Kalenchian, who elaborated on the subject by outlining the key points of their works.

The addresses were followed by a series of questions and answers, and featured a dynamic exchange of opinions 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.

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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