YEREVAN, Armenia – On February 15, 2018, British Ambassador Judith Margaret Farnworth and German Ambassador Bernhard Matthias Kiesler had a joint presentation on the relations of the UK and the EU after Brexit. The event was moderated by Dr. Donald Fuller, Interim Dean at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian introduced the ambassadors and noted the impetus to invite them to discuss this important topic in world politics with AUA staff, faculty, and students.
“Brexit is a topic of current interest worldwide, and certainly for our students in the Political Science and International Affairs program. We are fortunate to have the ambassadors of UK and Germany to discuss this topic and present views from both sides of the issue” said Dr. Der Kiureghian.
During their presentations both ambassadors expressed their positive opinion on maintaining political and economic partnership to promote the shared values of democracy, human rights, and liberty. As for the influence Brexit might have on EU-Armenia and UK-Armenia relations, it was stated that the EU and the UK will continue their cooperation to support Armenia in pursuing governmental and economic reforms.
After the presentation, follow-up questions were asked by the AUA faculty and students. The questions covered issues such as common values of the EU countries, global warming and climate change, migration to and from the UK, populism in the EU, new countries joining the EU, the almost two-decade-long candidacy of Turkey to join the EU, and the unified fiscal policy within the EU.
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.