PSIA Seminar: Remedial Sovereignty and the Karabakh Conflict

YEREVAN, Armenia – On November 1, the Political Science and International Affairs program (PSIA) of the American University of Armenia (AUA) organized a seminar entitled “Remedial Sovereignty and Karabakh Conflict.” The speaker of the event was Ambassador Rouben Shougarian, who discussed the remedial sovereignty and its possible relation to the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Dr. Shougarian reviewed several instances from history such as secessionist movements that were followed by newly emerging sovereignties. He believes that remedial sovereignty has helped prevent possible collisions and bloodshed. During the seminar, Dr. Shougarian added that remedial sovereignty is an important constituent in today’s politics, and underscored its significant contribution to the future security of the Eurasian region. Throughout, Dr. Shougarian referred to the Karabakh conflict as well and discussed the remedial sovereignty’s importance for the eventual resolution of this dispute.

Dr. Rouben Shougarian was the first Armenian Ambassador to the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia, and Armenian Ambassador to Italy, Spain, and Portugal. He teaches law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University. Dr. Shougarian is the author of several books and publications such as West of Eden, East of the Chessboard. Four Philosophical Looks upon the Unknown (London: Gomidas Institute, 2010).

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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