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Raffi Hovannisian:  First Independent Think Tank Put Armenia on World Strategy Map


Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS), the country’s original institute of strategic policy analysis and global affairs, marked the 25th anniversary of its founding with an official reception at its headquarters here today.

Ambassadors and other dignitaries, local analysts and international specialists, current and former ACNIS employees, media professionals and members of the public gathered in a show of appreciation for a quarter-century of service to Armenian democracy, institutional policy making, and free competition of ideas.

Raffi K. Hovannisian, this Armenian think-tank “mothership’s” founding captain and the Republic’s first minister of foreign affairs, welcomed the assembled guests and the Center’s associates of all times including, in memoriam, the brilliant late intellectual Tigran Hairapetyan.

“ACNIS,” he said, “has over the past 25 years and in the most challenging of circumstances engaged national and international expert resources to deliver strategic work product on the critical domestic and foreign policy issues of the day...and of the century.  The Center, as Armenia’s first independent ‘think tank,’ has firmly registered our worldwide nation upon the map of global geopolitics.”

Among today’s special birthday guests were European Union Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, UN Ambassador Shombie Sharp, and former Ukrainian Ambassador Olexsander Bozhko.

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Center today released its 2019 Strategic Summary.

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