Raffi Hovannisian Speaks At Research Center Anniversary

PASADENA– The Armenia’s Center for National and International Studies–Armenia’s leading policy research institute–marked its fifth anniversary in Southern California on September 12 at a reception at the home of Geraldine and US District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian–who serves on the Center’s Board of Directors.

Attended by 150 friends and supporters of the Center from all segmen’s of the community throughout California and several guests from abroad–the garden reception featured a talk by Center founder and former Foreign Minister of Armenia–Raffi K. Hovannisian.

Outlining the public policy challenges of the Republic of Armenia in the new period–Hovannisian assessed the role of the Armenian Center for National and International Studies in the quest for a contemporary political culture in Armenia–in the development of a systematic policy-making framework for the Armenian people–and in the engagement of meaningful public and private participation in the articulation of foreign and domestic policies.

"Only the institutionalization of Armenian decision-making–provision of comprehensive analysis to that end–and moderation of the personality-driven politics of the moment can move us effectively toward the Armenia of our vision: A country strategically and culturally placed in the world–democratically secure–socially just–economically developed–technologically advanced–and well educated–a homeland for Armenia’s of every provenance where the rule of law prevails and all–from president to average citizen– are equal before it," he said.

The program was conducted by Professor Richard Hovannisian of UCLA who serves this year as chairman of the board–which aside from Judge Tevrizian also includes California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter–Governor George Dukmejian–and George Mooradian–Esquire. Dr. Hovannisian thanked the attendees for their continued support of this important intellectual initiative and noted the presence of Armenian Consul General Armen Melkonian–Judges Ronald Sohigian and Ken Norian–Lincy Foundation President James Aljian and Center benefactor Siroon Hovannisian. Sample copies of more than 100 ACNIS publications were distributed to the guests.

Sponsors for the event–which raised $30,000 for the Center’s activities–included Zaven Akian–Dro Amirian–Don Arslanian–Harry Barseghian–John Berberian–Richard Carolan–Berge Hajian–John Hovannisian–Ralph Hovannisian–Vicken Hovsepian–George Kay–Khatchik Khatchikian–Nikola Markarian–Garo Mardirossian–Kenny Mosikian–Shahe Shahinian–Hacob Shirvanian–Joseph Stein–Garo Tertzakian–George Tumajian and Jery Turpanjian–Harry and Sara Chitijian and Jasmine Mgrdichian.

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies–a Yerevan-based nonprofit institute founded by Raffi Hovannisian in 1994–is devoted to research–education–and publication spanning the interrelated fields of foreign policy and international relations–conflict resolution and regional security–economic development and social welfare–education and environment–legal and judicial reform–culture and the arts.

ACNIS will mark its fifth anniversary in Armenia on October 29 at the newly-renovated Ani Plaza Hotel in Yerevan. joining Hovannisian–the Center staff–government officials–foreign ambassadors–and distinguished guests from Armenia and abroad will be the keynote speaker–Aleksandr Bessmertnykh–former foreign minister of the USSR and current president of the World Council of Foreign Ministers.

For more information on ACNIS–its activities and publications–and ways to support the Center–inquiries may be sent to 4 Khorhndarani Street–Yerevan 375001–Armenia (root@acnis.am) or in the United States to post office box 57666–Sherman Oaks–CA 91403 (acnis@aol.com). The Center’s website is www.acnis.am.

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