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The Modernization Opportunities of Armenia Discussed at a Spring School on Politics

On March 1-7, PAARA’s Student Scientific Society in conjunction with the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy organized a Spring School on “Political Turbulence: Challenges and the Modernization Opportunities of Armenia”.

Students, representatives of Student Scientific Societies of PAARA, as well as other universities and those interested in the topic attended the spring school.

PAARA’s Rector Mr. Arsen Lokyan welcomed the initiators and attendees of the school highlighting the relevance and significance of the topic.

Then each of the speakers presented the current issues, challenges, and opportunities within their subject matter.   

Thus Prof. Mariam Margaryan, PhD in Political Sciences and Head of PAARA’s Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy, focused on the challenges and opportunities of Armenia under political turbulence taking into account the geopolitical, political components, public administration system, the quality of the elite and other circumstances.  

 Mr. Varuzhan Geghamyan, PhD in History, a lecturer at the Department of Oriental Studies, YSU, delivered a lecture on “The Features of Turkey’s Foreign Policy and Armenia” with a complete analysis.  

 Another speaker, Mr. Suren Sargsyan, an expert on International Studies, within his lecture on “The Roadmap of the US Foreign Policy: Turbulence or Stability?” introduced the current state and the opportunities for Armenia.

Mr. Ruben Elamiryan, PhD in Political Sciences, Princeton University Research Program Graduate (USA),  reflected upon the geopolitical developments in the region under the new world order challenges and global changes.

Supreme Archimandrite Shahe Ananyan,  Director of the Inter-Church Relations Department of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, referred to the spiritual security issues in Armenia and the role, place, and mission of the state and church in that regard.  

Mr. Mamikon Margaryan, PhD in Political Sciences, associate professor, presented the RA National Security strategy, the current issues, and possibilities in the field. 

Political Scientist Mr. Edgar Elbakyan spoke about the impact of the second Artsakh War on contemporary Azerbaijan’s domestic and foreign policy with a summarized interpretation of the recent events.

Within his lecture, Mr.  Tevan Poghosyan, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Armenia,  Executive Director of the International Center for Human Development, dwelled upon Artsakh’s security, including the concept of a nation-state, current issues, and possibilities, internal and external threats.

Mr. Karen Galoyan, PhD in Political Sciences, associate professor,  political analyst (USA), delivered a lecture on “Global Netocracy and Consumtariat in the Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: from Digital Government to Digital Governance”  mainly referring to the significance, expediency and further development of digital governance.  

Mr. Andranik Israelyan,   PhD in History,   Master in Russian and East European Studies,  Oxford University, Head of Foreign Relations Department, RA Ministry of Justice, in his lecture on “Ideological Grounds of Turkey’s Foreign Policy” presented the political, geopolitical, and strategic issues in the region and the ideological grounds of Turkey’s foreign policy under those conditions.

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.   

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