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December 18, 2009

ACNIS Holds Presentation on Nagorno Karabagh by Italian Guest Scholar

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a special presentation by ACNIS “guest scholar” Luca Guiduzzi from the University of Turin in Italy.  The Italian Ambassador to Armenia, the Honorable Bruno Scapini, served as the “master of ceremonies” for the presentation of the scholar’s research from his recent field work in Nagorno Karabagh. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


December 17, 2009

ACNIS Holds Closed Discussion on the Issue of the Security, Safety and Vitality of the National Connection of Armenia

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) today convened a closed seminar regarding the issue of the security, safety and vitality of the national Internet connection of Armenia, with participants  including officials from the Armenian National Security Council, the Armenian Ministry of Defense and other professionals and experts from the security sphere. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


December 16, 2009

ACNIS Holds Roundtable Discussion on Gender Equality and the State of Women’s Rights in Armenia

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a roundtable discussion today examining gender equality and the state of women’s rights in Armenia. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


December 15, 2009

Quid pro Quo?

TURKEY BETWEEN ETHICS AND POLITICS:
PUT IT ALL ON THE TABLE

By Raffi K. Hovannisian

Yerevan—In Washington, Brussels, Moscow and elsewhere, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan, Foreign Minister Davutoglu and others  have long advocated combining onto one political agenda their country’s normalization of relations with Armenia and the resolution of Mountainous Karabagh’s conflict with Azerbaijan. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


December 9, 2009

“The real outcome of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to depend on how Turkey solves the contradictions in its own foreign policy,” comments by ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian to Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency

On December 9, the Baku-based Azerbaijani “Trend” News Agency published comments by ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian on the recent visit of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Washington. [Full story]


November 5, 2009

ACNIS Holds Roundtable Discussion on Armenian-Turkish Diplomacy & Nagorno Karabagh:
“Deal or No Deal?”

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a roundtable discussion today entitled “Armenian-Turkish Diplomacy & Nagorno Karabagh: “Deal or No Deal?” that assessed recent developments between the two issues. The event was attended by several ambassadors and senior diplomatic officials from the European Commission, the European Union’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as staff from the British and U.S. embassies, and the Armenian Ministry of Defense. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


November 3, 2009

ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN CONTRIBUTES CHAPTER ON ARMENIA IN NEW BOOK ON “DEMOCRACY’S PLIGHT IN THE EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD”

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian contributed a chapter on Armenia entitled, “Armenia’s Crisis for the Non-Democrats,” in a new book published by the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.  The new book, Democracy’s Plight in the European Neighbourhood: Struggling Transitions and Proliferating Dynasties, was edited by Michael Emerson of CEPS and Richard Youngs of the FRIDE think tank in Madrid, Spain. [Full story]


October 16, 2009

ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN LECTURES AT THE MOTHER SEE OF HOLY ETCHMIADZIN

On October 16, ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian gave a lecture on regional developments at the annual meeting of the Armenian Round Table (ART) of the World Council of Churches at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


October 12, 2009

ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN COMMENTS ON TURKISH-ARMENIAN “PROTOCOLS”

Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian spoke at a press conference at the “Hayatsk” press club on October 12 to assess the recent signing of the Turkish-Armenian diplomatic protocols in Zurich, Switzerland on October 10, 2009. [Giragosian’s press conference notes]


October 12, 2009

OPEN LETTER TO THE ARMENIAN NATION

By Raffi K. Hovannisian

The history of the Armenian people has been an ordeal of suffering, tragedy, and genocide. In this millennial series of misfortunes, however, never has the nation invited destruction upon itself. [Full story]

Related links: Armenian version


October 8, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosianís brief interview with Voice of America’s Armenian Service on Armenian-Turkish diplomacy, which aired on 7 October 2009


September 29, 2009

TURKEY, ARMENIA AND THE FRUITS OF GENOCIDE

By Raffi K. Hovannisian

[Full story]

Related links: Armenian version

Russian version (Armenia Today)


September 17, 2009

ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN PUBLISHES ANALYSIS OF “NETWORKS OF CRIME AND CORRUPTION IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS”

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian’s analytical article entitled “Networks of Crime and Corruption in the South Caucasus” was published in a special issue of the CAUCASUS ANALYTICAL DIGEST devoted to Organized Crime and Illegal Trafficking in the Caucasus on September 17, 2009. [Full story]


August 31, 2009

CHANGES ARE INEVITABLE

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian’s interview
with the “168 Zham” daily newspaper

[Full story in Armenian]


August 28, 2009

ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN’S INTERVIEW WITH THE AZERBAIJANI “TODAY.AZ” NEWS AGENCY

On August 28, the Baku-based Azerbaijani “Today.Az” News Agency published an interview with ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian. The brief interview, published in English and Russian, warned of “growing resentment and frustration” in Armenia over “an unwillingness or insincerity among the Turkish leadership for truly carrying forward the process of normalization and forging a new relationship with Armenia.” [Full story]

Related links: http://day.az/news/armenia/169966.html (in Russian)


August 21, 2009

THE COMPROMISED VERSION: THE MADRID DOCUMENT AS NOTHING MORE THAN AN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsyan's Interview with the Arminfo News Agency

[Full story in Russian]


August 18, 2009

TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY RESPONDS TO ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN

In a statement released on August 14, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian’s recent comments to journalists in Yerevan regarding the state of Turkish-Armenian diplomatic engagement.  Citing Giragosian by name, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a clarification on recent Armenian media reports that quoted the ACNIS Director’s comments on Turkish-Russian relations. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


August 6, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Convenes Special “Closed Briefing” Addressing Current Developments

Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian convened a special “closed briefing” on August 6 to address three of the most significant current developments in the region.  The briefing featured three separate presentations, including an assessment of 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 to the Nagorno Karabagh conflict. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version

ACNIS Special Briefing No.1: “Crisis in Iran: Considerations for Armenia”

ACNIS Special Briefing No.2: “Turkish-Armenian Diplomacy: Where are we?”

ACNIS Special Briefing No.3: “The Nagorno Karabagh Conflict: Core Considerations”


July 31, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Speaks Out Against the Planned Expansion of Casino Gambling in Armenia

Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian joined the head of the “Reform” NGO Karine Hakobyan at a press conference at the “Hayatsk” press club on July 31 to speak out against the planned expansion of casino gambling in Armenia. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


July 28, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Speaks to Young Armenian Political Activists

Yerevan—In a presentation organized by the Helsinki Citizens´ Assembly-Armenia (HCA-Armenia) on July 27, 2009, ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian briefed a group of several dozen Armenian university students, youth activists and members of the youth wings of several Armenian political parties. [full story]


July 23, 2009

ACNIS Convenes a Discussion on “IT Development and the Challenge of Cyber-Security in Armenia”

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) held a special roundtable discussion today on “IT Development and the Challenge of Cyber-Security in Armenia,” with three main presentations, by ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian, ACNIS Administrative Director Dr. Karapet Kalenchian and Ashot Turajyan, ACNIS System Administrator and Webmaster. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


July 22, 2009

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s presentation to the 10 July 2009 “Karabakh 2014 Scenario” Seminar, organized by the “Conciliation Resources” NGO at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London

Related links: English version

Russian version


July 16, 2009

ACNIS Holds Seminar on “Rural Poverty and Democracy in Armenia”

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), together with the “Farmers’ Movement” non-governmental organization convened a roundtable discussion today, entitled “Rural Poverty and Democracy in Armenia,” assessing the current situation in Armenia’s towns and villages, with a focus on the need for a more balanced policy of regional development that meets the needs of the country’s rural population and that seeks to bolster support for farmers and others engaged in the Armenian agricultural sector. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


July 13, 2009

Capital Daily: Armenia’s Interests Do Not Always Coincide With Artsakh’s Interests In the view of ACNIS’s Director Richard Giragosian, Yerevan has no right to maintain the monopoly of negotiating on behalf of Stepanakert

Hetq Online: Armenia Has No Right to Maintain the Monopoly of Holding Talks on Behalf of Mountainous Karabagh


July 7, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Comments on
US PRESIDENT OBAMA’S MOSCOW SUMMIT

Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian issued a statement today commenting on US President Barack Obama's two-day summit meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version

Printable version


July 1, 2009

ACNIS DIRECTOR RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN’S INTERVIEW WITH THE AZERBAIJANI “TREND” NEWS AGENCY

On July 1, the Baku-based Azerbaijani “Trend” News Agency published an interview with ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian. The brief interview, published in English and Russian, assessed the recent visit to Armenia by Georgian President Saakashvili and the Russian reaction to that state visit. [full story]


June 26, 2009

ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s Interview With Respublika Armenia Newspaper

On 26 June 2009, the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian gave an interview to the Respublika Armenia newspaper on Russian politics in the South Caucasus since 1991. [full story in Russian]


June 25, 2009

ACNIS Holds Roundtable Discussion on “Crisis in Iran: Lessons for Armenia”

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a roundtable discussion today, entitled “Crisis in Iran: Lessons for Armenia,” assessing the recent post-election crisis in Iran and examining the lessons for Armenia. [full story]


May 21, 2009

ACNIS Holds Seminar on “The Outlook for Armenian-Iranian Relations”

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) and Yerevan State University’s Center for Civilization and Cultural Studies convened a roundtable discussion today, entitled “The Outlook for Armenian-Iranian Relations,” assessing the current state of relations between the two countries in light of recent agreements on energy and transport and in the wake of the official state visit to Iran last month by an Armenian governmental delegation led by President Serzh Sarkisian. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


April 23, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Comments on the RECENT TRILATERAL ARMENIAN-TURKISH-SWISS JOINT STATEMENT

Yerevan—Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian issued a statement today commenting on the recent joint declaration issued on 22 April by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Turkey and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


April 22, 2009

ACNIS Holds Seminar on “Armenian-Turkish Diplomacy: An Update”

Yerevan—Just two days before the annual April 24 commemoration of the Armenian genocide, the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a special roundtable seminar discussion today entitled “Armenian-Turkish Diplomacy: An Update,” providing the latest information regarding the outlook for the current effort to reach a new “normalization” of Armenian-Turkish relations. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


April 9, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Comments on the Lessons for Armenia from Developments in Moldova

Yerevan—Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian issued a statement today commenting on the recent post-election crisis in Moldova and assessing the implications for Armenia. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


April 8, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Speaks on Armenian-Turkish Relations at the “Urbat Akoumb” (“Friday Club”)

On April 8, ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian was invited to speak on the latest developments in Armenian-Turkish relations at the “Urbat akumb” (“Friday Club”). [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


April 1, 2009

ACNIS Presents New Policy Brief on “The Military Balance of Power in the South Caucasus”

Yerevan, April 1, 2009—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) convened a special roundtable seminar discussion to present a new special publication entitled, “The Military Balance of Power in the South Caucasus.” [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


March 12, 2009

ACNIS Presents New Monograph on the Psychology of Comparative Change

Yerevan—Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) today convened a special roundtable to present the findings of a new monograph entitled “One Year Later: The Psychology of Comparative Change in Armenia and the US.” [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


March 5, 2009

NOTHING PERSONAL: TURKEY’S TOP TEN

by Raffi K. Hovannisian

Yerevan—That an Armenian repatriate, American-born into a legacy of remembrance inherited from a line of survivors of genocide nearly a century ago, feels compelled to entitle his thoughts with a focus on Turkey—and not Armenia—reveals a larger problem, a gaping wound, and an imperative for closure long overdue on both sides of history’s tragic divide. [full story]

Related links:

Armenian version

Russian version


February 11, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Comments on Turkish Press Report Claiming “Breakthrough” over Nagorno Karabagh

Yerevan—Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian issued a statement today commenting on a recent report in the Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet claiming that a new “partial agreement” has been reached between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabagh, brokered by Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


February 9, 2009

ACNIS Director Richard Giragosian Presents Briefing at Yerevan State University

Yerevan—In a presentation at a round table discussion organized by the Center for Civilization and Cultural Studies at Yerevan State University and the Cultural Council of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Director Richard Giragosian reviewed the outlook for US-Iranian relations and assessed the implications for Armenia. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


February 5, 2009

Richard Giragosian Appointed Director of ACNIS

Yerevan—In his new position as the director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), Richard Giragosian brings a wealth of experience and a reputation for independent analysis. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


February 3, 2009

The Introductory Press Conference of the
New ACNIS Director

Yerevan—As the newly-appointed director of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), well-known analyst Richard Giragosian held a press conference today at the “Hayatsk” press-club, with many journalists, as well as representatives from radio, television and other media outlets in attendance. [full story]

Related links: Armenian version


February 2, 2009

NEW ACNIS DIRECTOR

Richard Giragosian

Richard Giragosian


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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