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October 22, 2008

ACNIS Holds Special Forum on the
Mountainous Karabagh Issue

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) today hosted an off-the-record expert panel discussion to look at the current international challenges with respect to the Mountainous Karabagh question and the domestic socioeconomic, political, and societal state of affairs in the Mountainous Karabagh Republic (MKR). The meeting brought together MPs, political analysts, representatives of associations concerned with the fate of Artsakh’s liberated territories, and other public figures.

The discussants comprehensively examined and gave expert evaluations on the present state in and around Mountainous Karabagh and pointed to the avenues for withstanding the potential international pressure and designing a counter-measure mechanism. The policy specialists also underscored the imperative of preparing a flexible strategy that corresponds to the logic of the newly developing processes in terms of the Artsakh question, plotting and then following a course toward an effective campaign and diplomacy, not becoming a captive of the presumed politico-military reconfigurations in the broader region, and never making unilateral concessions when it comes to the Karabagh issue. In the shared view of the participating analysts, if Armenia had recognized the independence of MKR at the time, it now would have had an important trump card in this great geopolitical “game” and would have dictated its will, which stems from its own interests.

Founded in 1994 by Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs Raffi K. Hovannisian and supported by a global network of contributors, ACNIS serves as a link between innovative scholarship and the public policy challenges facing Armenia and the Armenian people in the post-Soviet world. It also aspires to be a catalyst for creative, strategic thinking and a wider understanding of the new global environment. In 2008, the Center focuses primarily on civic education, democratic development, conflict resolution, and applied research on critical domestic and foreign policy issues for the state and the nation.

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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