SPRING 2017

28 March 2017
PSIA Public Lecture
David Akopyan, MBA from American University of Armenia, Ph.D. from Yerevan State University in laser physics, MA in theoretical physics
Reflections on the United Nations Development Program

David Akopyan, one of the first batch of AUA graduates, has almost 25 years of experience in global development. Starting with UNDP Armenia in 1994, he has worked on development in nine countries and UNDP HQ on two assignments. His experience with peace building and development covers a diverse group of countries such as Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Somalia. In this public lecture, some reflections will be provided on democracy, freedom, corruption, history, institutions, national leadership and economic progress/human development in various contexts and what the UNDP and other development partners can do.

28 February 2017
PSIA Guest Lecture
Mr. Rafik Mansour, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy of Armenia
The U.S. Foreign Service: Recruiting and Training the Diplomats that Shape and Advance U.S. Foreign Policy

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy of Armenia, Mr. Mansour visits AUA to meet PSIA students and present them on the topic of recruiting and training the diplomats that shape and advance U.S. foreign policy.

FALL 2016

02 December 2016
PSIA Guest Lecture
John B. Judis, American journalist, Senior writer at The National Journal, Editor-at-large at Talking Points Memo
The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

What’s happening in global politics, and is there a thread that ties it all together? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, in a stunning rebuke; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win election after election in countries like Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.

22 October 2016
PSIA Ambassadorial Lecture Series
Foreign Minister of Nagorno Karabakh Republic
Foreign Policy Challenges & Opportunities

A shaky peace along the Line of Contact has been restored between the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan following an unprecedented and unprovoked escalation in first days of April, 2016. While mediators toiled hard to bring back the ceasefire regime and proceed to a more robust peace process in Vienna and St Petersburg in May and June, the people of the region seem to be as far from peace as they have been before the latest aggression.