US Ambassador to Armenia at UCLA on Feb 17


YEREVAN, JANUARY 28. ARMINFO. Honorable John M. Evans, U.S. Ambassador
to the Republic of Armenia, will speak at UCLA on Thursday afternoon,
February 17, 2005, at 2 p.m., in the Viewpoint Conference Room of
Ackerman Union (student union building, level A). Evans was confirmed
by the Senate in June, took his oath of office in August, and
presented his credentials in Yerevan in September 2004.

US Embassy informs ARMINFO that the Ambassador’s visit to UCLA is
being arranged by Professor Richard Hovannisian, AEF Chair in Armenian
History, with the cooperation of the Armenian Students
Association. Evans has stated that he looks forward to a free and open
exchange with students, faculty, and members of the public who wish to
attend the afternoon forum. He will begin the hour with a brief
overview titled “Report from Armenia–2005.”

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, John Evans studied Russian history
at Yale University and Columbia University. Since entering the foreign
service, he has served in a number of posts, including Tehran, Prague,
Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Washington D.C., as well as on special
commissions and peace-keeping missions in Europe. His role in
coordinating the American response to the Armenian earthquake of 1988
earned him a medal and statement of appreciation from the Armenian
government. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Armenia, Evans
directed the State Department’s Office of Russian Affairs.

Ambassador Evans will be accompanied by Mrs. Donna Evans, former
President of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., Robin
Phillips, Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International
Development, Eugenia Sidereas, the State Department’s Desk Officer for
Armenia, and Aaron Sherinian, the Embassy’s Political Officer and
Assistance Coordinator in Yerevan.