YEREVAN, Armenia – On November 29, the American University of Armenia (AUA) hosted Mr. Jean-Arthur Régibeau, the ambassador of Belgium to the Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus and Uzbekistan, who delivered a lecture on Belgium’s federal structure and its role in the European Union. The lecture was primarily attended by AUA professors, students, and graduates of the College of Europe.
Ambassador Régibeau began the lecture by discussing Belgium’s political and geographic structure, referring to Belgium as a federal state comprised of three communities and three regions, as well as having three official languages. The ambassador emphasized the country’s important role in the European Union, especially as one of its founding members along with Brussels, and as the de facto capital of the European community. Ambassador Régibeau also touched on current political developments within the European Union, such as Brexit negotiations, Catalonia’s independence referendum, and the immigration crisis.
A lively Q&A followed the lecture, during which the audience asked questions about current political developments in Europe and Armenia.
Ambassador Régibeau earned his Master in Laws from State University of Liège, Belgium, and his Diploma in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy.
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.