Lecture about Armenia’s Challenges in Foreign Policy

ARPA Institute
18106 Miranda St. Tarzana, CA 91356
Contact: Hagop Panossian
Tel: (818) 586-9660
E-mail: [email protected]

ARPA Institute presents the Lecture/Seminar: `Armenia’s Challenges &
Prospects in Foreign Policy"," by Dr. Nikola Schahgaldian, on
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 7:30 PM at the Merdinian School

The Address is 13330 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.
Directions: on the 101 FWY exit on Woodman, go north and turn right on
Riverside Dr.

Abstract: The strategic geographical location of Armenia renders it as
one of the key nations in the Caucuses. Located in a relatively
unstable region its delicate foreign policy needs to be well
coordinated and flexible enough to address all the challenges and
attain its national objectives. The political tensions of the region
aggravated by the situation of multiple separatist states that are
currently seeking independence, Karabagh being one of them, further
complicates the foreign policy issues of Armenia. Dr. Schahgaldian
will discuss the political doctrine of Armenia, what it is not and
what it is, its significance and issues related to continuity, clarity
and limitations. The main objectives of the doctrine, namely
safeguarding freedom, territorial integrity and the constitution, and
issues related to the political aspects of its implementation and
priorities will also be analyzed. Foreign relations of Armenia with
five main players, including the leading super-powers, as well as the
Karabagh conflict will be addressed in some detail. Lecture in
Armenia & Q/A bilingual.

Nikola Schahgaldian has a B.A. from the American University of Beirut,
an MA from Fordham University, a Ph.M. and a Ph.D. from Columbia
University, NY, all in political science. He is currently a private
policy analyst. He was a visiting researcher at the AUB in Lebanon in
1972 and operations manager for the Long Island Press, NY
1974-76. During 1976-77 he was the editor of Menk quarterly in NY and
1977-79 consultant of the Armenian Reporter. He has served on the
Editorial Board of the Armenian Review for a number of years and as a
lecturer in the U. of Pennsylvania. He was a Political Scientist
during 1980-1992 in the RAND Corporation, in Santa Monica, CA. During
1992-1998 he served as a Senior Political Advisor to the President of
Armenia, 1994-2002 as Dean of the Political Science and International
Relations Department in the American University of Armenia,
Yerevan. He has authored numerous articles, reports and books on
international politics, the Middle East, the Islamic world and the
former Soviet Union.

For Information Please call Dr. Hagop Panossian at (818)586-9660 or
e-mail at [email protected]


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