Ohannes Geukjian is the acting chairperson of the department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA) at AUB. He is also assistant professor of comparative politics and conflict resolution. Dr. Geukjian received his BA and MA in international relations from AUB, and was awarded the PhD in peace studies from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom in 2005. DR. Geukjian has published three books: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in the South Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh and the Legacy of Soviet Nationalities Policy(London and New York, 2012); Negotiating Armenian-Azerbaijani Peace: Opportunities, Obstacles, Prospects (London and New York: 2014); and Lebanon after the Syrian Withdrawal: External Intervention, Power Sharing and Political Instability (London and New York: 2017). Also, he has published various articles in scholarly journals like Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Journal, Nationalities Papers, and The Maghreb Review. His research interests include Nationalism, ethnic conflict, peace building and Middle East politics. Currently, Dr. Geukjian is working on a book length manuscript on Russian Intervention in the Middle East that will be published by McGill University Press.
Dr. Ansgar Jödicke, senior researcher from the Social Sciences Department of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, visited AUA in October. The research visit was part of his broader and long-term research on religion and religious policy in the South Caucasus after independence. Dr. Ansgar Jödicke led a seminar entitled “Religious Policy, Humanitarian Action and Proselytism” and guest lectured to students in the PSIA “Armenian Politics” course.
Dr. Roisin Burke visited AUA from the University of Canterbury School of Law, New Zealand. At AUA, Dr. Roisin Burke was engaged in research of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within international law and led a seminar titled “UN and AU Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Regulation and Accountability” that traced some of the recent developments within the UN system in response to sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers.