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June 24, 2010

ACNIS Holds Reception To Release A New Book

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) hosted a special reception today to mark the release of ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian’s new Russian-language 220-page book, entitled “Nagorno Karabagh: War and Politics (1990-1993). War in Nagorno Karabagh and Domestic Conflict in the Armenian Society.” The event was attended by many guests, including representatives from the diplomatic community, international organizations, prominent Armenian experts, analysts, social and political figures, and journalists.

Welcoming the guests, ACNIS Director of Administration Dr. Karapet Kalenchian presented Sargsian’s publication.

Dr. Kalenchian then introduced the book’s author, ACNIS Senior Analyst Manvel Sargsian, who expressed his appreciation to the guests and briefly talked about the motives that compelled him to reflect, with this book, on the fairly complicated political processes that took place in Armenia and Mountainous Karabagh during the years of active military operations and immediately thereafter. “The root causes of numerous destructive domestic political phenomena of today are hidden behind modern Armenian history’s that particular time period which this book attempts to study,” Sargsian underscored, and briefly distinguished the establishment period of political and military systems and the most important associated events. He specifically explained the fate of Karabagh’s first authorities that were elected in 1991 and their impact on the political transformations in Armenia. The analyst also assessed the reasons behind the successful military confrontation in Mountainous Karabagh and its victory over Azerbaijan.

The book’s presentation then featured a lively exchange with the guests, who highly assessed Sargsian’s new publication and noted that it is a serious attempt at impartially and retrospectively analyzing the political processes that occurred during the years of the Artsakh War and examining the phases of state building in the Mountainous Karabagh Republic and in Armenia from 1990 to 1993. The guests also commended the fact that this book presents, in a separate section, a chronology of the most significant military, political and diplomatic events that took place during the aforesaid years, and pointed out that this “in itself is a reliable source of information for those specialists who are interested in this subject matter and also for the broad spectrum of readers.” In the shared view of the presentation’s guests, one of the main attributes of this book is its truthful coverage of, and the impartial conclusions drawn toward, the topic. The guests also expressed their appreciation to the author of the “Nagorno Karabagh: War and Politics (1990-1993). War in Nagorno Karabagh and Domestic Conflict in the Armenian Society,” and wished him a continuing creative spirit and new informative analyses.

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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