At the invitation of the Armenian Ministry of Defense, RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a two-day International Strategic Policy Forum of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The forum, entitled “Integration of National and Regional Peacekeeping Capacities into the Global System of Peace Operations,” was held from 1-2 July and included senior officers and officials from the CSTO Secretariat and Joint Staff, and representatives from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan..
In the latest addition to an already expanding staff, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) is pleased to announce that David Shahnazaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, has joined the RSC staff as a Senior Analyst. Starting on 1 July, Ambassador Shahnazaryan will provide strategic guidance, offer innovative analysis, and specific support for several of our current projects.
Most notably, he will be directly engaged in our “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process” project, which is funded by the European Union under the Instrument for Stability. In addition, Ambassador Shahnazaryan will also be working as a Senior Analyst on other ongoing RSC projects, including our projects dealing with the wider region, including Georgia, Iran and broader regional developments. He will also be engaged in our “track two” diplomacy with both Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Given his vast experience and prominence, the RSC is pleased to welcome Ambassador Shahnazaryan. As background, he is also the Founder & Chairman of the Center for Legal and Political Studies “Concord,” and is a former two-term deputy in the Armenian parliament (from 1991-1995 and 1995-1999), as well as a founding member of the Board of the “Armenian National Movement” Party. He has also held several senior-level posts in the Armenian government, serving as the Ambassador of the President of Armenia on Special Missions and Special Representative of the President of Armenia from 1992-1995, and as the Armenian Minister of National Security from 1994-1995..
In partnership with the Civil Consciousness NGO, the Regional Studies center (RSC) hosted a focus group on 25 June examining the diplomatic history of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Mr. David Shahnazaryan led the discussion after a presentation of the diplomatic record of engagement of the OSCE through the early 1990s. The Civil Consciousness NGO (http://civilngo.com/am) is a youth-oriented non-governmental organization focusing on the promotion of young people's social, economic, spiritual and cultural development, with an emphasis on human rights, press freedom and the promotion of democracy and development in Armenia..
Following the return to Armenia of an official Armenian parliamentary delegation that participated in a “Rose-Roth” seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in Baku, RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a formal press conference on 20 June in the Armenian parliament. The Armenian delegation was led by Koryun Nahapetyan, the head of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA and the Chairman of the Armenian Parliamentary Committee on Defence, National Security and Internal Affairs, and included Tevan Poghosyan, an opposition deputy and a fellow member of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA, as well as Giragosian, who invited by the NATO PA as an independent speaker to present an analysis of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
The participants reported on the outcome of the NATO PA seminar, which was entitled the “South Caucasus: Challenges and Opportunities,” and, according to Mr. Nahapetyan, “the participation of the Armenian delegation in the seminar was extremely important” with the Armenian delegates “actively taking part in all of the debates, fully presenting their positions and views.”
At the invitation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in the “Rose-Roth” NATO PA seminar in Baku from 16-18 June. Giragosian was invited as an independent speaker to present an analysis of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict at the seminar, which was entitled the “South Caucasus: Challenges and Opportunities.” The RSC director accompanied the official Armenian parliamentary delegation, which was led by Koryun Nahapetyan, the head of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA and the Chairman of the Armenian Parliamentary Committee on Defence, National Security and Internal Affairs, and included Tevan Poghosyan, an opposition deputy and a fellow member of the Armenian delegation to the NATO PA..
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