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May 30, 2003

ACNIS Releases Annual Policy Monographs

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) presented its new monograph publications during a public ceremony held at its headquarters today.

The multidisciplinary monograph publications embrace the following contemporary themes: “The Euro, Bipolar World, and Armenia” by ACNIS research director Professor Tatoul Manasserian; “Iraq and New Geopolitical Developments in the Middle East” by Center analyst Vrej Jijian; “The Iraq War and Its Implications” by Center analyst Sergei Shakariants; “Russia and Central Asia: New Trends in the Regional Security Sphere” by Center analyst Vahagn Aglian; “Diaspora and External Threats to Armenia” by analyst Hovsep Khurshudian; “Political Developments before and after the Presidential Elections” by analyst Stepan Safarian; “Armenia’s Labor Legislation” by analyst Marat Atovmian; “International Mediation in Theory and Practice: Lessons of Nagorno-Karabagh” by invited specialist Irena Sargsian; and “Management of Armenian Intellectual Property and Maintenance of Informational Security” by invited specialist Edmond Mikaelian.

In his welcoming remarks Tatoul Manasserian said: “Irrespective of various political developments, the Center will continue its research activities. Its main hallmark being professionalism, it will continue to seek a full, impartial, and complex exploration of the key contemporary issues facing Armenia, the region, and the world.”

Senior researcher for the Institute of Philosophy and Law at the National Academy Dr. Manuk Harutiunian gave his appraisal of the monographs. “The publications are both profound and situational. ’Political Developments before and after the Presidential Elections,’ for instance, is not merely an assessment of the current situation but also a survey of the political development trends in our country,” he said.

Armenian Businessmen’s Association chairman Hovsep Seferian suggested submitting the monograph series to the consideration of universities, journalists, and young intellectuals for an informed exchange of ideas, this being one of the most praiseworthy objectives that ACNIS pursues.

Economist Edward Aghajanov expressed his high estimation of the publications authored by the young analysts. “The theme of each piece can be presented for deliberation at a separate seminar,” he said.

Sed Marsed executive director Tigran Jrbashian said: “The monograph publications are really strategic, and unlike other Armenian organizations ACNIS really seeks to conduct strategic research.” Jrbashian also upheld Seferian’s opinion on the necessity to proffer the monographs to the attention of policymakers, concerned organizations, political forces, and academic circles to enable the expression of diversely articulated viewpoints.

At the end of the program, the Center analysts presented their respective work products.

Founded in 1994 by Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs Raffi K. Hovannisian, and supported by the Lincy Foundation and 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 2003, the Center focuses primarily on public outreach, civic education, and applied research on critical domestic and foreign policy issues for the state and the nation.

For further information on the Center and its activities, call (37410) 52-87-80 or 27-48-18; fax (37410) 52-48-46; e-mail root@acnis.am or info@acnis.am

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