Category Archives: International

Webinar: Crisis in Armenia’s Russia-Only Security Doctrine Part II

Join regional experts Lilit Gevorgyan and Armen Kharazian for “PART II: CRISIS IN ARMENIA’S RUSSIA-ONLY SECURITY DOCTRINE” – the second in the What’s Next series of discussions on the post-war Armenian reality.

Gevorgyan and Kharazian will frame the 44-day catastrophe and its aftermath within a wider context to help better understand the contours of a world where Russian and Armenian interests might diverge on fundamental issues.

Topics to be covered:

• Key Armenia-Russia security, defense and border protection treaties; collective security arrangements under Russia-led military bloc CSTO

• The application of Armenia-Russia security treaties during the 44-Day War; consequences of the 2016 transfer of air defense capabilities to Russia

• Armenia-Russia border protections treaties and Azerbaijan’s creeping annexation of Armenian territories

• Armenia’s quality of governance and policy-making and its impact on the country’s national security

• Armenia’s future under the “Russia-centered” security doctrine: opportunities and risks

• What can be done to mitigate current risks and manage future crises

Register now to participate in this timely discussion.

This event is sponsored by:

Ararat-Eskijian Museum
Armenian Bar Association
Armenian Democratic Liberal Party-Ramgavars
Armenian Network of America-Greater NY
Daughters of Vartan-Sahaganoush Otyag
Justice Armenia
Knights of Vartan-Bakradouny Lodge
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)-Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues
St. Leon Armenian Church

Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian Travels to Armenia, Meets with Government Leaders

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian with Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian during a meeting in Yerevan with Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan

Washington, DC – Anthony Barsamian, Co-Chair of the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly), traveled to Armenia and met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and former President Robert Kocharyan this summer.

Joined by the Assembly’s Regional Office Director Arpi Vartanian, the meeting focused on relations between Armenia and the United States. Barsamian stated that the Assembly will continue its efforts to enhance Armenian American activism based on mutually shared values.

During the meeting, Barsamian also extended his condolences to the Armenian Republic and families of the soldiers killed in the Artsakh war last Fall.

While in Armenia, Barsamian was interviewed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, where he elaborated on U.S.-Armenia relations under the Biden Administration and its increased humanitarian assistance and involvement in the region. He commented on the importance of building infrastructure in Armenia, alongside U.S. partnership, to assist in strengthening Armenia’s security and prosperity.

Regarding the post-war situation, Barsamian urged for the immediate release of Armenian prisoners of war and intensified efforts from the OSCE Minsk Group to negotiate a comprehensive peace agreement. Barsamian cited security as the primary issue for Armenia at the moment.

Despite the milestone of U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, Barsamian noted the work of the Assembly carries on as the international trend of affirmation continues. Barsamian also noted the importance of Turkey coming to terms with its past.

Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian with former President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan

“This visit provided an important opportunity to strengthen relations and discuss current developments in Armenia and the United States as we all work toward a secure and peaceful Armenia and Artsakh,” said Assembly Regional Director Arpi Vartanian.

Armenian Author Tatul Hakobyan’s East Coast Book Tour Kicks Off in Florida

Tatul Hakobyan presents in Boca Raton, FL. July 6, 2021.

BOCA RATON, FL – On July 6, 2021, renown independent journalist and author from Armenia Tatul Hakobyan kicked off his East Coast book tour with an luncheon hosted by FLArmenians.com at Abe & Louie’s Boca Raton.

Hakobyan presented “Elections in Armenia: What’s Next” and engaged with the audience in a followup Q&A session. He also presented three of his insightful books, Valley of Death, Karabakh Diary: Green and Black, and Armenians and Turks.

Later in the evening of July 6, Hakobyan continued his book tour and presented at Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church in Orlando, FL. The next day, July 7, Hakobyan visited Jacksonville, FL where he concluded the first leg of his East Coast book tour.

Hakobyan is set to visit Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC, and Hartford, CT in the coming weeks.