Armenia's Domestic and Regional Challenges
Raffi Hovannisian, Foreign Minister of Armenia (1991-2); Leader of the Heritage Party
The speaker will outline how Armenia's politics are approaching another crossroads. A recent reshuffle and positive statements about the need for reform have hinted at a possible political opening. In addition, parliamentary elections in 2012 and presidential elections in 2013 provide the possibility for some change to the political system. Nevertheless, questions remain over Armenia's democratic credentials and the willingness of elites to countenance economic and political reform. Meanwhile, the external environment remains complex and there are numerous challenges for Armenia in the foreign policy sphere.
Raffi Hovannisian is a former Foreign Minister of Armenia and the leader of the Heritage Party. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Georgetown University Law Center and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He founded the Armenian Bar Association and the Armenian Center for National and International Studies in Yerevan. He has also served in other capacities in Armenia and the diaspora.
Attendance is by invitation only.