About the Event:
With its federal structure and different linguistic groups, Belgium, one of the founding members of the European Union, is often seen as a miniature model of the European project and a classical case-study for regional and global integration. These circumstances shaped the country attitudes and policies, developing primarily a sense of compromise and constant dialogue that enabled the country to assume a considerable diplomatic weight in the EU compared to its geographical size. As Armenia is currently involving in integration processes, are there any lessons to be learnt from the Belgian experience?
About the Speaker:
Mr. Jean-Arthur Régibeau, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in the Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus and Uzbekistan, earned his Master in Laws from State University of Liège, Belgium, and his Diploma in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy. Since 1998 he has served as Diplomat and later on as Political Director in Belgian Foreign Ministry. Mr. Régibeau has also been the Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Defense and First Secretary at the Belgian Embassy in Berlin. Since November 2016 he is the Ambassador of Belgium to the Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus and Uzbekistan.
The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia. Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California. Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.