27 May 2015
Book presentation “After 100 years…”
Boris Murazi, President of the Sinjar Yezidi National Union
The book describes current events in Iraq and Genocide by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria towards Iraqi minorities.

04 May 2015
NATO and the Caucasus: Engagement in a Changing Security Environment
William Lahue, Head, NATO Liaison Office Georgia, NATO Liaison Officer, South Caucasus Region

The rapid deterioration of the international security environment over the past year, particularly due to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, has forced NATO and the Allies to reassess its policies and capabilities, but also its partnerships. The Wales Summit declaration outlined the first concrete steps that NATO is taking to meet its new security challenges, some of which will impact partners in the Caucasus region.

20 April 2015
Characteristics of the Armenian National Identity
Student Debate, V. Sargsyan Military Institute

Armenian politics has to a large extent developed within national contexts, and as a result, ‘national identity’ is often (at least partly) equated with ‘national’ traditions. The debate focuses on the characteristics of the Armenian identity. Considering that since Armenia’s independence, openness and social mobility have given rise to increased knowledge, political participation, improved awareness of world issues, but also greater migration outflows, is the ‘Armenian identity’ regressing? On the flip side, has the Karabakh War strengthened the ‘Armenian identity’? Does the continuing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia impact the ‘Armenian identity’?

23 February 2015
European Forum Alpbach
Marine Sargsyan, Alpbach Armenia Initiative Group, President

Every year since 1945 the European Forum Alpbach has hosted a two-week annual conference. This year the general topic of the Forum is “InEquality”. This topic is highly controversial – that is why hundreds of participants with different backgrounds will gather in Alpbach this summer to explore and discuss the many facets of “InEquality”. The speaker gives a presentation about the Forum, scholarship, participation requirements, application procedure and selection criteria.