International Conference on Global Security Studies will be held in Yerevan

23-06-2016 00:22:54   | Armenia  |  Announcements
 

Yerevan, Armenia: On June 24-25, 2016 an international young scholar conference titled “Local Roots of Global Peace” will be held at Eurasia International University in Yerevan (EIU) (address: 24/2 Azatutyun Ave., Yerevan, Armenia). Undergraduate and graduate students from Armenia and around the world will present research to receive feedback from experienced researchers and authoritative analysts in security studies from United States, United Kingdom and Armenia. In addition to Armenia, where the conference is hosted, applications to present at the conference were submitted from Sweden, Serbia, Poland, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey and United States. Conference agenda is attached with this Press Announcement along with biographies of the conference organizers.
 
Introductory comments will be delivered by the RA Minister of Education and Science Mr. Levon Mkrtchyan and the Keynote Address will be delivered by H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Armenia.
 
The conference is jointly sponsored by Stonehill College (Massachusetts, USA), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia), and Eurasia International University (Armenia). English is the working language of the conference.
 
In terms of content, local dimensions of global security challenges are the overarching theme of the conference. In essence, the globalized world has become both more and less peaceful. The end of the Cold War gave rise to new forms of conflict as well as cooperation; to increasingly globalized crime as well as supranational responses to them. The steep decline in inter-state wars and parallel, yet more intermittent, reduction in civil wars, has been an encouraging trend worldwide. Yet, in more immediate terms, humanitarian emergencies such as the Syrian civil war are still raging. Outside of the Middle East, other areas with frozen and active conflicts, de facto states, and unstable peace are creating instability, whether in post-Communist spaces or Central Africa. Whether in post-war Central America or Western Balkans, political solutions to armed conflicts developed a tendency to mutate to terrorism, corruption and organized crime such as trafficking in humans, drugs and weapons. The purpose of this conference is to make sense of these seemingly disparate and contradictory trends.
 
In terms of programmatic goals, the conference aims to contribute to building research capacities in social sciences in Armenia, by connecting established scholars and analysts to younger generation of researchers.
The conference is annual, and aims to become a mentored space for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as they receive valuable feedback from scholars and global security studies analysts. Please see the attached agenda for the list of topics and names of discussants.
 
AGENDA
THE LOCAL ROOTS OF GLOBAL PEACE:
 
Junior Voices International Conference on Global Security Studies
June 24-25th, 2016
Sponsored by Stonehill College (USA), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia) and
Eurasia International University (Armenia)
Conference Venue: Eurasia International University
24/2 Azatutyun Ave., Yerevan, Armenia; +37410 (29 90 88), (24 94 38), (29 90 77)
Email: [email protected] http://www.eiu.am/eng/
 
The conference is free and open to public. The deadline for registration to attend the conference is June 20th. For registration, please contact Asya Hayrapetyan at [email protected] or call at 29-90-88. Conference Background
 
The end of the Cold War gave rise to new forms of conflict as well as cooperation; to increasingly globalized crime as well as supranational responses to them. The steep decline in inter-state wars and
parallel, yet more intermittent, reduction in civil wars, has been an encouraging trend worldwide. Yet, in more immediate terms, humanitarian emergencies such as the Syrian civil war are still raging, with the
death toll conservatively estimated by the United Nations at around 250,000 in 2014 and refugee flows of over 4.5 million. With evidence of both terror from above and terror from below in Syria and Iraq,
these crises have far reaching implications outside of the region, including global terrorism and the refugee crises within the EU. Outside of the Middle East, other areas with frozen conflicts, de facto states,
and unstable peace are creating instability, in a world politically and militarily divided.
 
In essence, the globalized world has become both more and less peaceful. On the one hand, there
is a strong trend of cooperation between states, international organizations and civil society groups on various
global problems that defy purely state-centric responses. On the other hand, push-back from states on the grounds of state sovereignty and geo-politics has also been significant. Whether in post-war Central
America or Western Balkans, political solutions to armed conflicts developed a tendency to mutate to terrorism, corruption and organized crime such as trafficking in humans, drugs and weapons.
The purpose of this conference is to make sense of these seemingly disparate and contradictory trends. 
 
How do we explain and study the global decline in armed conflicts and the increase of crime against the backdrop of a globalized world? Is the 21st century shaping up to be more or less peaceful than the century
before? What has led to an increase in global crime? What is global security? What are the effects of “frozen conflicts” on global security? What is a global security order? Is there one? How does the global economy affect levels of global crime? How should we think about those consequences of globalization that are “lawful but awful”?
 
The conference seeks to explore these questions in terms of their significance for Global Security Studies. Explaining how the experiences from developing countries confirm, conform and challenge traditional understandings of Global Security Studies is one of the overarching goals of the conference. 
 
JUNE 24TH, FRIDAY, 2016
 
9:00-10:00 AM Registration, Student Hall
10:00– 11:00 AM Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address, General Conference Hall
10:00AM Prof. Anna Ohanyan, Chair, Department of Political Science and International
Studies, Stonehill College, USA
10:10AM Minister Levon Mkrtchyan, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of
Armenia
10:20AM Keynote Address by H.E. Mr. Piotr Antoni Świtalski, Ambassador, Head of
Delegation of the European Union to Armenia
10:40AM Prof. Peter Ubertaccio, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Director
of Martin Institute for Law and Society, Stonehill College, USA
10:50AM Prof. Suren Ohanyan, President, Eurasia International University, Armenia
 10:55AM Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Chief Executive Office, Eurasia Partnership Foundation
Armenia
11:00-11:30 AM Coffee and Media Break, General Conference Hall
11:30AM-1:00PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1 AND 2
Concurrent Session 1: Unresolved Conflicts and Global Security, Tempus Conference Hall
Session Chair: Richard Giragosian, Regional Studies Center
Regulation of the “Frozen Conflicts” in the South Caucasus: Ways and Perspectives
Ani Hovasapyan, Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia
De-Facto States in the CIS: Frozen Conflicts or Fragile Peace
Grigor Grigoryan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
The Input-Output Legitimacy Dilemma for a Peacebuilding Organization in a “Frozen” conflict
Evelina Kurki, Umea University, Sweden
Post-Conflict Stateness as a Global Security Threat: The Case of Non-Recognized States in
Post-Soviet Space
Violetta Petrosyan, Brusov State University, Armenia
Discussant: Richard Giragosian, Regional Studies Center, Armenia ([email protected])
Concurrent Session 2: Crossing Borders and Global Security, Viva Cell MTS Computer Room
Session Chair: Naira Sahakyan, Yerevan State University
Refugee Politics and Global Security
Alison Steferak, Stonehill College, USA
The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Armenia
Narek Grigoryan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
An Overview of Anti-Trafficking Action in Serbia
Katherine Wahrer, Stonehill College, USA
The Impact of Migration on Contemporary Armenian Economy
Olga Shakhsuvaryan, Armenian National Agrarian University, Armenia
Exporting Freshwater from Armenia: Exploring Opportunities Due to Climate Change
Lianna Hovhannisyan, Armenian National Agrarian University, Armenia
Discussant: Anna Ohanyan, Stonehill College, USA ([email protected]) and Benjamin Cole,
Simmons College ([email protected])
1:00-2:00PM Lunch, Student Hall
1:30-2:00 Screening of “My Journey” by Ms. Gonca Sonmez-Poole, Turkish-Armenian
 Women’s Alliance (TAWA), Turkey and United States
2:00-3:30 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3 AND 4
Concurrent Session 3: (In)Security Actors and Institutions, Tempus Conference Hall
Session Chair: Peter Ubertaccio, Stonehill College, USA
New Security Realities: Recalibrating the Role of Security Organizations in South Caucasus
Ani Grigoryan, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia
Geopolitical Rivalry of External Players in Nagorno-Karabakh
Lidiya Chikalova, OSCE Academy, Kyrgyzstan
Assessing the Impact of Armenian Peacebuilding Projects on Turkey-Armenia Relations
Helene Brehany, Stonehill College, USA 
Examining the Presence and Potential of Restorative Justice in Serbia in Cases of
Discrimination
Cameron Burke, Stonehill College, USA
Discussant: Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia
Concurrent Session 4: Changing Security Settings, Viva Cell MTS Computer Room
Session Chair: Benjamin Cole, Simmons College, USA
We and Others: The Model of Divisions of the World According to Islamic State
Naira Sahakyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
The Concept of Political and Religious Imāmah (Leadership) of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)
Mariam Mkhitaryan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
The Influence of Mass Media and Propaganda: the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine
Ani Mkrtchyan, Brusov State University, Armenia
Russia as a Nation in Progress: Russia’s Engagements in Chechnya and Ukraine
Ellen Sarkisian, Brandeis University, USA
Discussant: Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, Duke University, USA and American University of Armenia
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM- 4:45 PLENARY SESSION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE
How to Deliver Effective Presentations, General Conference Hall
Babken DerGrigorian, London School of Economics, UK
Richard Giragosian, Regional Studies Center, Armenia
Stepan Khzrtian, Center for Excellence in Negotiations Yerevan, Armenia
Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia
Peter Ubertaccio, Stonehill College, USA
Moderator: Anna Ohanyan, Stonehill College, USA 
 
JUNE 25TH
, SATURDAY, 2016
9:45 AM-10:00AM – Morning Coffee, Student Hall
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1, 2 AND 3
Concurrent Session 1: Corruption, Poverty and Human Security, Tempus Conference Hall
Session Chair: Babken DerGrigorian, London School of Economics, UK
Corruption as a Regional Security Threat: The Case of South Caucasus
Anahit Ghevondyan, Brusov State University, Armenia
Poverty and Human Security: Human Security in southern Africa
Azniv Meltonyan, Brusov State University, Armenia
The Main Directions of the Fight against Corruption in the Republic of Armenia
Hayk Kesoyan, Public Administration Academy, Armenia
Globalization, Market Economy and Global Security
Hasmik Mikayelyan, Anahit Gyulumyan and Julia Yeganyan, Eurasia International University,
Armenia
Fighting Against Thieves-in-Law: Georgia’s Success Story
Teona Surmava, Georgia
Discussant: Babken DerGrigorian, London School of Economics ([email protected]), UK
Concurrent Session 2: The Politics of the Armenian Genocide: Looking Back, Moving Forward,
Viva Cell MTS Computer Room
Session Chair: Artak Ayunts, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia
Towards a Shared Vision of Normalization of Armenian-Turkish Relations: Key Findings
Based on the Public Opinion Survey
Mariam Arakelyan, Caucasus Research Resource Center, Armenia
Avoidance Politics in the US: Linguistic Strategies of Maneuvering Genocide Recognition
Sona Hakobyan, Eurasia International University, Armenia
Genocide Recognition as a Preventive Tool
Nune Jomardyan, Eurasia International University, Armenia
Discussant: Artak Ayunts, Eurasia Partnership Foundation ([email protected])
Concurrent Session 3: Politics of Peacebuilding and Security Provision, Library
Session Chair: Stepan Khzrtian, Center for Excellent in Negotiation Yerevan
Frozen Conflicts as a Global Security Threat: The Crimea Crisis
Hripsime Sargsyan, Brusov State University, Armenia
The Roots of the Crisis in South Ossetia and the Democratization Effects on Conflict Resolution
 
Prospects
Hamed Kazemzadeh, University of Warsaw, Poland
Tentative Title: Two-Level Games and Negotiation Dynamics around Nagorno-Karabakh
Conflict
 
Arpi Grigoryan, University of Mississippi, USA, and University of Tartu, Estonia
International Territorial Administration as a Conflict Resolution Mechanism: Possibilities and
Challenges
Marine Kirakosyan, Brusov State University, Armenia
 
Discussants: Stepan Khzrtian, Center for Excellence in Negotiation Yerevan ([email protected]),
Armenia, and Isabella Sargsyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation ([email protected]), Armenia
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Lunch, Student Hall
12:30 AM – Keynote speaker TBD
1:00 PM-2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION: SECURITY PRACTITIONER ROUNDTABLE
Practitioners in the Area of Security Studies, General Conference Hall
Corruption as a Security Threat
Sona Ayvazyan, Transparency International, Armenia
Gender and Security Studies
Nvard Manasyan, The World Bank, Armenia
Gender and Security Studies
Lara Aharonian, Women’s Resource Center of Armenia
Peacebuilding and Public Diplomacy
Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia
Environmental Security
Jeanmarie Papelian, Armenian Tree Project, USA
Moderator: Richard Giragosian, Regional Studies Center, Armenia
 
2:30-2:45 Break
 
2:45 PM-4:00 PM PLENARY SESSION: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE
How to Publish Internationally and … Effectively, General Conference Hall
Babken DerGrigorian, London School of Economics, UK
Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia
Richard Giragosian, Regional Studies Center, Armenia
Benjamin Cole, Simmons College, USA
Anna Ohanyan, Stonehill College, USA
Moderator: Isabella Sargsyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Armenia
4:00 PM-4:50 Wrap Up
 
Moderators: Anna Ohanyan, Stonehill College and Violetta Petrosyan, Brusov State University 
 
 
Biographies for the Organizing Committee of the “Local Roots of Global Peace” conference
on Global Security Studies
 
Date: June 24-25, 2016
Location: Eurasia International University, Armenia, 24/2 Azatutyun Ave., Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: 24-94-38, 29-90-88
 
Dr. Peter Ubertaccio is Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of the
Joseph Martin Institute for Law and Society at Stonehill College, Massachusetts, USA. He is a
regular analyst on New England Cable News. His work focuses on political parties, marketing and
institutions and has been featured in the Routledge Handbook of Political Management, Winning
Elections with Political Marketing and the Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing. With
Brian Cook of Clark University he contributed to the centennial issue of the American Political
Science Review with an analysis of Woodrow Wilson’s contribution to the field of political
science, “Wilson’s Failure: Roots of Contention About the Meaning of a Science of Politics.”
Professor Ubertaccio has developed innovative travel-learning courses and has led
seminars in, and brought groups of students to, Washington, D.C., New York City, Nigeria,
Mexico City, Guatemala, and England. For years he has organized two weeks of seminars each
May in Washington on Politics, Power, and Policymaking. He has served three times as the
Program Chair for the annual meeting of the New England Political Science Association. He
received his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and lives on Cape Cod
where he is on the Board of Directors of the OpenCape Corporation and the Sandwich Economic
Initiative Corporation.
 
Dr. Anna Ohanyan is the first recipient of Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished
Professorship in Political Science and International Relations, and the Chair of Political Science
and International Studies Department College. Her latest book is Networked Regionalism as
Conflict Management published by Stanford University Press (2015). She also authored NGOs,
IGOs, and Network Mechanism of Post-Conflict Global Governance in Microfinance with
Palgrave Macmillan (2008). Her articles appeared in Wilson Quarterly, International Studies
Review, Peace and Change, Conflict Resolution Quarterly and Global Society, among others
journals.
 
Professor Ohanyan is a Fulbright Scholar and previously served as a doctoral fellow at the
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by IREX,
the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA), the German Marshall Fund, the
U.S. State Department and Eurasia Foundation among others. Prof. Ohanyan has also consulted
for numerous organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Bank, the National
Intelligence Council Project, the U.S. Department of State, the Carter Center, and USAID. Her
work has taken her across the globe, from Northern Ireland to the Balkans and the South Caucasus.
She has been an invited speaker at Brown University (USA), European Geopolitics Forum
(Brussels), The World Bank (USA), United Nations Foundation (USA), Armenian Business
Network (USA), among others. 
 
Dr. Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan is an international development leader and writer with 26
years of experience working in public and private spheres in transitional countries across the
Balkans and Central Asia with a primary focus on Armenia. His strengths include strategy
development, consortium management, program design, fundraising, grant-making, project
management, participatory training methods, facilitation and public speaking. Throughout his
career, he has specialized in civil society, youth, media, regional studies, the European dimension
and peace building. He became the Executive Director of the Eurasia Partnership Foundation
(EPF) in Armenia in 2007. At EPF, Dr. Ter-Gabrielyan’s responsibilities include leading and
implementing large-scale multiple-year projects, overseeing grant management, developing the
organization’s strategy and designing programs. Furthermore, he is responsible for fundraising,
networking, and representing the Foundation at events and in the media, local and international.
Dr. Ter-Gabrielyan has also worked as a Eurasia Program Manager and Senior Policy Advisor at
International Alert, an organization working on conflict transformation and peace-building from
London. He writes prolifically, contributing fiction and essays in Armenian and Russian, or
journalism pieces in Armenian, Russian and English to a variety of media outlets, on topics ranging
from international relations to conflict transformation and peace-building to European integration
to Armenia’s development issues; etc. He is a developer and editor of several handbooks and
manuals, including on anti-corruption, project management, and conflict-sensitive reporting. He
has teaching, research and editing experience. He has a Ph.D. in Turkic Linguistics from USSR
Academy of Sciences, 1989; MA in Society and Politics from Lancaster University, UK, 1994;
and MPA in International Administration from Bowling Green State University, USA, 1996.
Dr. Suren Ohanyan is the founding President of the Eurasia International University since
1997. Starting from 1996 Mr. Ohanyan is actively involved in the educational sphere in Armenia,
leading the formation of private education in the newly independent Republic of Armenia at the
time.
 
He is the author of more than 70 scientific articles (six of which are monographs), maps,
as well as the following studies: ‘The characteristics of territorial organization of agriculture in
Bulgaria’ (in Russian), ‘The RA agricultural-industrial complex’ (in Russian), ‘The ways of
developing the RA agricultural-industrial complex’. Moreover, Dr. Ohanyan contributed to the
geography textbooks for middle schools: he is also the co-author for the textbooks of 7th and 8th
grades, as well as series of lectures for economic geography.
 
Suren Ohanyan received his Ph.D. in Economic Geography from Lomonosov State
University, Russia, 1974. From 1974 to 1975 he worked as an assistant professor in the YSU
Department of Geography. From 1975 to 2006 he was a senior lecturer and an Associate Professor
at the Armenian State Economic University, becoming the Chair of the Economic Geography
Department in the last few years during his tenure there. He held a pre-doctoral fellowship in Karl
Marx University of Economics in Bulgaria (1979-1980) and Saint-Petersburg University (1988-
1991) in Russia. Dr. Ohanyan defended his doctoral dissertation at Saint-Petersburg University
and was granted a doctorate degree in Geography in 1991.
 
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