At the invitation of the Georgian government, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan attended a two-day international conference in Batumi, Georgia from 10-11 July and delivered a presentation on regional security and public diplomacy. The conference, entitled “Georgia’s European Way,” was opened by the Georgian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and brought together a number of senior officials and representatives from civil society, as well as leading analysts to “discuss issues related to the implementation of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), and the EU-Georgia cooperation agenda ahead of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) 2015 Riga Summit.”
RSC Director Richard Giragosian presented a “critical assessment” of proposed amendments to the Armenian constitution at a public event on 10 July organized by the Apella Institute for Policy Analysis and Dialogue in partnership with the Open Society Foundations- Armenia. The international conference, entitled “Rethinking Constitutional Reforms in Context,” included presentations by Gagik Harutyunyan, the Chairman of the Armenian Constitutional Court, and the head of the Armenian government-formed Constitutional Reforms Commission, Professor Miroslaw Wyrzykowski, Professor, Chair of Human Rights, University of Warsaw, former Judge, Constitutional Court, Poland, Dr. Daniel Smilov, Programme Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria and Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Sofia and CEU, and Dr. Alexei Pikulik, Director, Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, and Assistant Professor, European University in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Giragosian’s formal presentation will be posted shortly.
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.