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PSIA Holds Roundtable Discussion on Armenia’s Foreign Policy Course

YEREVAN – On September 20, 2013, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Political Science and International Affairs (PSIA) program hosted a roundtable discussion entitled “Armenia between the Customs Union (CU)/Eurasian Union and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)/Association Agreement (AA)/Eastern Partnership.”

Over 60 students from the PSIA program participated in the discussion. The event, organized by Assistant Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies Dr. Syuzanna Vasilyan, was moderated by PSIA Program Chair Douglas Shumavon. Dr. Syuzanna Vasilyan probed the policies of the European Union (EU) and Russia, Visiting Senior Lecturer Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan spoke about Armenia’s current situation from a security perspective, and Assistant Professor Dr. Aleksandr Grigoryan presented an analysis from a game theoretical perspective.

The roundtable event, the first of its kind to be hosted by the PSIA program, provided students with an opportunity to actively participate in a discussion relevant to Armenia’s current political situation.

Dr. Syuzanna Vasilyan says, “Dealing with a highly timely and vital political issue relating Armenia’s tactical choice and strategic orientation for the years to come, the roundtable discussion was meant to inform our students and help with analyzing them. By focusing on the what/how/why of the recent developments, the event was organized to replenish the lacking knowledge on the issue in an academic, rather than policy/political fashion.”

 

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Participants of the roundtable discussion, entitled “Armenia between the Customs Union (CU)/Eurasian Union and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA)/Association Agreement (AA)/Eastern Partnership”

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Chair of the Political Science and International Affairs Program Douglas Shumavon facilitates the roundtable discussion.

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Dr. Syuzanna Vasilyan speaks with roundtable participants.

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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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