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April 29, 2011

ACNIS Senior Analyst Attends Second International Regional Conference

Vladikavkaz, Russia—As part of a six-person Armenian delegation, the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) Senior Analyst Hovsep Khurshudian took part in Vladikavkaz, capital of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russian Federation, in the second international regional conference entitled “The Great Victory Achieved Thanks to Unity: The Caucasus During the Years of the Great Patriotic War.” At the event, which was held from 28 to 29 April 2011, Khurshudian also delivered a report on the “Prospects of Caucasus Unity: How We Wish to Perceive the Caucasus.” The meeting was an initiative of the Institute for Eurasian Studies and the Center for Humanitarian Cooperation.

The conference, whose organizer from Armenia was the local chapter of the Institute for Eurasian Studies, brought together the representatives from all nationalities living in the Caucasus. (The event’s agenda (in Russian) is available here and Khurshudian’s report (in Russian) is accessible here.)

Following the international regional conference, the Armenian delegation paid a visit to the St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Vladikavkaz and subsequently met with representatives of the local Armenian community. In line with official data, the number of Armenians living in the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania of the Russian Federation is 32,000 and approximately half of them live in Vladikavkaz. During their meeting with the Armenian delegation, the local Armenian community members expressed their concern over the growing number of Armenians who are coming from Armenia and the Republic of Mountainous Karabagh and are settling in Russia.

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.

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