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November 17, 2011


Brussels, Belgium—From November 14 to 15, as part of a fourteen-person opinion formers group from Armenia, ACNIS Director of Research Manvel Sargsian paid a visit to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters (NATO HQ) for cognitive purposes. Sargsian along with the group members took part in discussions, during which was briefed on the culture of security promoted by NATO; emerging security challenges; relations between NATO and Russia; security sector reforms in Armenia; and prospects of NATO-Armenia cooperation.

Over the course of a two-day program, presentations were made by NATO officials, including Michel Duray, Head of Partnerships Section, Public Diplomacy Division; Michael Ruehle, Head of Energy Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division; Petr Lunak, Deputy Head of Partnerships Section, Public Diplomacy Division; and several others.

Aside from the participation in the roundtable discussions, Sargsian together with the group members had a separate meeting with Ambassador Armen Yedigaryan, Head of Armenian Mission to NATO.

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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