2015

Caucasus Institute organizes various events, round tables, conferences, trainings and seminars. These events are aimed at strengthening the bond between science and society, fostering pluralism and stimulating the transfer of research results.


Roundtable

NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT AND THE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

Speakers:
Vardan Voskanyan, Head of the Department of Iranian studies at YSU
Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute

Moderator: Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute

Venue:
Caucasus Institute

Date: December 21
 


On December 21 the Caucasus Institute in cooperation with the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) organized a roundtable discussion on “Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Middle East Crisis: the Latest Developments.”
Main topics of the presentations were:
• Revealing Syria and Iraq crisis and its repercussions in the larger regional context;
• The role of regional and international actors in the Middle East Crisis;
• Tension in Turkish-Russian relations and its possible influence on the South Caucasus security;
• Military and Political developments of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in 2015 in the context of the Middle East crisis.
Presentations were followed by a discussion.


Public Lecture

AT THE CROSSROADS OF EUROPE AND ASIA: ARMENIAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION

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Lecturer: Professor David Muradyan, author and critic

Venue: Caucasus Institute

Date: November 27

Public lecture was organized by the Caucasus Institute in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Main questions discussed by the lecturer were the following:
• How does cultural and civilizational geography work?
• Europe and Asia seen from Armenia, or Armenia seen from Europe and Asia?
• Europe or Asia: do we get to decide which way to go?


Book Presentation and Roundtable

THE UNRECOGNISED POLITICS OF DE FACTO STATES IN POST-SOVIET SPACE

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Speakers:
Vardan Voskanyan, Head of the Department of Iranian studies at YSU
Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute

Moderator: Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute

Venue:
Caucasus Institute

Date: November 26

 


On December 21 the Caucasus Institute in cooperation with the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) organized a roundtable discussion on “Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Middle East Crisis: the Latest Developments.”
Main topics of the presentations were:
• Revealing Syria and Iraq crisis and its repercussions in the larger regional context;
• The role of regional and international actors in the Middle East Crisis;
• Tension in Turkish-Russian relations and its possible influence on the South Caucasus security;
• Military and Political developments of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in 2015 in the context of the Middle East crisis.
Presentations were followed by a discussion.


Roundtable

TOWARD THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM IN ARMENIA

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Speakers:
Khosrov Harutyunyan, MP
Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute


Venue:
Caucasus Institute

Date: November 19

 


On November 19 the Caucasus Institute in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee held a roundtable discussion of constitutional reforms in Armenia. Main topics of the presentations were current state of constitutional reforms in post-Soviet states, the political background of constitutional reforms in Armenia, and main risks, challenges and prospects for Armenia.


Public Lecture

ARMENIA AND THE EU: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

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Lecturer: Richard Giragosian, Head of Regional Studies Center
Venue: Caucasus Institute
Date: November 13
 

On November 13 the Caucasus Institute in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation held a public lecture on “Armenia and the EU: Trends and Prospects.” Main topics of the lecture were the following:
• What are the EU’s expectations with regard to relations with Armenia?
• What does Armenia seek?
• How and why is this significant?


Roundtable

MIGRATIONS FROM THE NEAR EAST TO EUROPE AND REPERCUSSIONS FOR ARMENIA

Speakers:
Ilona Ter-Minasyan, Head of the International Organization for Migration Office in Armenia
Hrant Mikaelyan, Researcher at the Caucasus Institute


Venue:Caucasus Institute
Date: November 11


The Caucasus Institute in cooperation with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Friedrich Naumann Foundations held a roundtable on Migrations from the Near East to Europe and Repercussions for Armenia. Speakers discussed the ways European states and the EU use to cope with the current migration wave, and the key challenges they face; effects of migration from Syria, Iraq and other Near Eastern states on Armenia, and possible forecasts.


Public Lecture

Liberalism in the Post-Soviet Space

Lecturers:
Aram Manukyan,MP and member of the ANC faction
Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute


Venue:Caucasus Institute
Date: October 30


The Caucasus Institute in cooperation with the Fridrich Naumann Foundation organized the public lecture entitled “Liberalism in the Post-Soviet Space.”
Main topics of the lecture were the following:
• How do Post-Soviet states interpret liberalism?
• How do they apply it? And does it work? What happens when the Post-Soviet states apply liberal approaches to their politics and economy?
• What can be learned from Armenia’s experience? What are the questions that still remain unanswered?


Public Lecture

DEVELOPING LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

Lecturer: Dr. Wolfgang John, former director of Friedrich Naumann Foundation in the South Caucasus


Venue: Caucasus Institute
Date: September 3

On September 3, 2015 the Caucasus Institute with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organized a public lecture on “Developing liberal democracy in the South Caucasus in the framework of European Integration.”
Main topics of the lecture were the following:
• Current state of affairs of liberal democracy in Germany and EU countries.
• Is democracy always liberal and liberalism always democratic?
• What should South Caucasus societies learn from Europe and what should not?
• Are there any social, geographic, economic, etc. preconditions for developing liberal democracy?


Presentation of the Analytical report

THE MILITARY AND POLITICAL DIMENSION OF THE UKRAINIAN CRISIS. HYBRID LESSONS FOR THE POST-SOVIET SPACE

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Date: July 1

 

On July 1 the Caucasus Institute presented the Russian version of its sixth Analytical report called “The Military and Political Dimension of the Ukrainian Crisis. Hybrid Lessons for the Post-Soviet Space.” The report was written by Sergey Minasyan, Doctor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute. It was presented by Alexander Markarov, Doctor of Political Science and Professor at Yerevan State University. Presentation was moderated by Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute.
Presentation was followed by open discussion with the participation of experts, journalists and representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations.


International Conference

CAUCASUS-2014

Venue: Erebuni Hall, Erebuni Plaza, Yerevan
Date: May 26
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The Caucasus Institute in cooperation with Academic Swiss Caucasus Net and with the support of the EU Delegation to Armenia held its annual International Conference that summed up the year 2014 in the South Caucasus.
Speakers include Pavel Baev, Research Director of The Peace Research Institute (Oslo); Giorgi Gvimradze, Analyst at the Center for Strategic Studies (Tbilisi); David Harutyunyan, Political-Military Officer at the OSCE Yerevan Office (Yerevan); Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute (Yerevan); Sergey Markedonov, Associate Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow); Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute (Yerevan), and David Petrosyan, freelance journalist (Yerevan).
Topics for discussion were political trends in the South Caucasus in 2014, European integration processes, regional security issues, and international policies with regard to the Caucasus.


Roundtable

NAGHORNO-KARABAKH: ELECTIONS DURING CEASEFIRE

Speakers:
Masis Mailyan, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of NKR and Chair of the Public Council for Foreign and Security Policy of Artsakh (NKR)
Tevan Poghosyan, Member of National Assembly (Armenia)
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Moderator:
Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute


Venue:
Caucasus Institute

Date: May 12
 

The Caucasus Institute organized a roundtable discussion dedicated to the parliamentary elections held on May 3 in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Speakers discussed the results of the elections and the general situation with conflict settlement during the ceasefire (May 12, 2015 was the 21st anniversary of the ceasefire agreement). The presentations were followed by an open discussion involving experts, journalists, representatives of diplomatic missions and international NGOs in Armenia.


Roundtable

TOWARDS THE 101-TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: A NEW STAGE?

Speakers:
David Hovhannisyan, Professor at YSU
Ruben Melkonyan, Deputy Dean of the Department of Oriental Studies, YSU
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Moderator:
Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute


Venue:
Caucasus Institute

Date: April 29
 

The Caucasus Institute arranged a roundtable discussion dedicated to the 101-th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The presentations were focused on the current state and prospects of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, as well as the established realities and dynamics of the Armenian-Turkish relations, including on the road to the 101-th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The presentations were followed by an open discussion.


Roundtable

REPERCUSSIONS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN THE WESTERN AND TURKISH MEDIA AND POLITICAL PERCEPTIONS

Speakers:
Richard Giragosian, Director of the Regional Studies Center
Alin Ozinian, Armenian independent researcher, Istanbul (now working in Yerevan)


Moderator:
Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute


Venue:
Caucasus Institute
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Date: April 03
 

The Caucasus Institute arranged a roundtable discussion with the topic “Repercussions of the Armenian Genocide in the Western and Turkish media and political perceptions.” During the discussion Richard Giragosian presented the reflection of the Armenian Genocide issues in the Western Media and political circles, and Alin Ozinian dwelt upon the impact of the Armenian Genocide on the current Turkish media and political perceptions. The presentations were followed by an open discussion.


Roundtable

UKRAINIAN CRISIS AND ITS REPERCUSSIONS IN THE POST-SOVIET SPACE: MYTHS AND REALITY

Speakers:
Alexander Iskandaryan, director of the Caucasus Institute,
Mark Grigoryan, Editor, BBC London


Moderator:
Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute


Venue:
Caucasus Institute
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Date: March 4
 

At a roundtable organized by the Caucasus Institute on Ukrainian crisis and its repercussions in the post-Soviet space speakers discussed dynamics of political processes related to Ukraine, aggravation of relations between Russia and the West, coverage of the Ukrainian crisis by the Post-Soviet and Western media, possible repercussions of the Ukrainian crisis in the Post-Soviet space, as well as myths and stereotypes related to it. After the presentations experts, journalists, representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations in Armenia also joined the discussion.


International Conference

Economic Dimension of the Armenian-Georgian Relation Armenian-Georgian Expert Forum Conference

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Date: February 26
 

The event was the third one in the series of Armenian-Georgian Expert Network launched in 2014. This time the meeting was dedicated to economic dimension of both countries’ relationships. On the first day, the economists from Armenia and Georgia presented their speeches covering the topics in the spheres of Macroeconomic and Political Economy Frameworks in the Armenian-Georgian Relations, Armenia and Georgia: Trade and Investments, Energy Security and Transport Issues. During the second day of the Forum, the meeting of Georgian Experts with Armenian Entrepreneurs took place. The Forum is organized with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

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