On September 7-11, PAARA’s Student Scientific Society, in conjunction with the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy, organized an Autumn Political School on “The Current Issues in Public Policy in the South Caucasus: Challenges and Possibilities”.
Students from PAARA, as well as other universities, representatives of Student Scientific Societies, and others interested in the subject matter attended the Autumn School.
PAARA’s Rector Arsen Lokyan, greeting the initiators and attendees of the political school, highlighted the relevance of the topic discussed. Then each speaker presented the current issues, challenges, and possibilities within the topic they reflected on.
Thus, Prof. Mariam Margaryan, PhD in Political Sciences and Head of PAARA’s Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy, within her lecture focused on the academic manifestations of public policy and their applicability in the South Caucasus countries, conditioned by the geopolitical, political components, public administration system, quality of the elite, etc.
Mr. Ruben Elamiryan, PhD in Political Sciences, Princeton University Research Program Graduate (USA), reflected upon the place and role of the South Caucasus under the conditions of the new world order challenges and global changes.
Mr. Karen Galoyan, PhD in Political Sciences, Associate Professor and Political Analyst, delivered a lecture on “The Cybersecurity Issues in the South Caucasus”. Presenting the cyberspace as a set of information, administration, communication, and computing systems and staff working with them and information flows, the speaker pointed out that the development of information technology and its usage by various entities have turned the cybersecurity issues into primary ones.
Political Scientist Mr. Edgar Elbakyan, presented the development trends of modern Azerbaijan, touching upon the main features of the political and economic system, socio-cultural life in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Another speaker, Mr. Vahe Davtyan, Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Expert on Energy, in his lecture on “Armenia and the Energy and Transport Communications in the South Caucasus” touched upon the energy security and the issues in energy and transport communications on national and international levels.
Within his lecture, Mr. Tevan Poghosyan, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Armenia, Executive Director of the International Center for Human Development, reflected upon the current state on the unrecognized states, as well the legal, current issues and possibilities, internal and external threats and the policy of each state.
In his lecture on “Turkey and the South Caucasus” Mr. Andranik Israelyan, PhD in History, Master in Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University, Head of Foreign Relations Department, RA Ministry of Justice, presented the current political, geopolitical, and strategic issues in the South Caucasus and Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy under those conditions.
Besides, the geopolitical phenomena taking place in Eurasia were introduced to the Autumn School attendees. Mr. Mher Sahakyan, PhD in Political Sciences, Head of the China-Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research, Fellow (2020/2021) of Asia Global Institute, Hongkong University, Member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Peace (Vienna), gave an objective assessment to those phenomena within his lecture on “The Chinese and Rusian Tandem’s Geopolitical Chess in Eurasia ”.
To sum up, within the framework of the Autumn School approximately one hundred attendees gained knowledge about the latest approaches in Political Science with the help of the best specialists in the field, in the meantime getting responses to their questions.
It is not by chance, that at the end of the school the attendees expressed a desire to participate in one more similar program, which comes to prove their satisfaction with the course.