Tag Archives: Armenia

Dr. Chodakiewicz speaks on the Armenian Tragedy

On Saturday, March 28, The Institute of World Politics, Mastrapa Consultants and the Political Developments Research Center co-sponsored a conference on “The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow.” The event was moderated by Mr. Vilen Khlgatyan, IWP alumnus and Vice Chairman of the PDRC, and included a lecture by Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz entitled “The Armenian Portent and Paradigm: Toward Re-Conceptualizing the Armenian Tragedy.”

The text of Dr. Chodakiewicz’s paper is available here: The Armenian Tragedy

Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz interviewed by Armenian TV

Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz was interviewed by Armenian TV’s Channel 1 on Friday, November 14, about the recent downing of an Armenian military helicopter by Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabagh/Artsakh, a disputed region claimed by Azerbaijan but inhabited by a majority Armenian population. The two post-Soviet successor states fought a war over the status of the province in 1988 – 1994, resulting in an Armenian victory and the creation of the Nagorno-Karabagh (NKR)/Artsakh Republic: a de facto irredentist Armenian state tied to the Republic of Armenia, recognized neither by Azerbaijan nor the UN. Thus, the relations between the two Caucasian nations were generally tense and hostile during the past 20 years, causing international analysts to fear that incidents such as the shooting-down of the Armenian helicopter by Azerbaijan could trigger a renewed armed conflict.

Dr. Chodakiewicz’s interview can be viewed below (see the 0:25 – 2:22 minute segment).

Kosciuszko Chair holds panel on the persecution of Christians in the post-Ottoman zone

On April 24, 2014, Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America; Marek Chodakiewicz, the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, and Vilen Khlgatyan Vice-Chairman of the Political Developments Research Center, discussed “Between Extermination and Persecution: Christians in the Post-Ottoman Zone” at The Institute of World Politics.

This event was sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair, and was part of a series on the Intermarium region.

Non-Kinetic Warfare in the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict

You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of 

Non-Kinetic Warfare in the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict

with 
Dr. Vahan Dilanyan
Chairman, Political Developments Research Center

and
Vilen Khlgatyan
Vice-Chairman, Political Developments Research Center

Wednesday, March 19
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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This lecture is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

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Since ancient times, political leaders have known that the most ideal way to win a conflict is to subdue one’s enemy without the use of force. They have also realized that external conflicts are a convenient method to distract the citizenry from socio-political or economic ills.

For 20 years, a ceasefire has held between Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), joined by Armenia. Though dozens of soldiers from both sides are killed every year as a result of ceasefire violations, the most dynamic facet of the conflict in recent years has been the non-kinetic (information, psychological, and political warfare) aspect of the war.

Dr. Dilanyan and Mr. Khlgatyan will outline the various methods and discuss the specific examples that the opposing parties have used to further their strategic aims. And ultimately what effect these agitations have upon the conflict resolution process spearheaded by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairman countries (USA, France, Russia).

Vahan Dilanyan, Ph.D. is a recognized expert on Armenian foreign policy, conflict resolution and regional security, with a focus on the FSU territory and the Middle East. He serves as the Chairman of the Political Developments Research Center (PDRC), a think-tank based in Yerevan.

Dr. Dilanyan is the author of numerous articles published in popular media and professional publications and a frequent public speaker around the country and abroad.

Vilen Khlgatyan is Vice-Chairman of Political Developments Research Center (PDRC), a virtual think tank based in Yerevan, Armenia. He attended Webster University, where he double majored in International Relations and International Business, and graduated in Spring 2010. He spent a semester studying in Vienna, Austria, where he also attended OPEC and OSCE workshops.

In 2013, he graduated from The Institute of World Politics, where his studies focused on national security and the geopolitics of energy. He wrote his honors thesis on the “Geopolitics of Energy in the South Caucasus.”

Mr. Khlgatyan was a campaign staffer for Congressman Russ Carnahan of Missouri’s 3rd District, who sat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Vilen Khlgatyan gives a lecture on “Between Moscow and Brussels: Ukrainian and Armenian Dilemmas”

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Vilen Khlgatyan, Vice-Chairman of the Political Developments Research Center and IWP Class of 2013, discussed “Between Moscow and Brussels: Ukrainian and Armenian Dilemmas.”

This lecture was sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics.

Vilen Khlgatyan discusses the petro-politics of Azerbaijan

????????On Wednesday, 20 March, as part of the ongoing lecture series on the Intermarium region, which is hosted by IWP’s Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, IWP student Mr. Vilen Khlgatyan delivered a lecture on the “Petro-politics of Azerbaijan.”

He focused on the central role of energy exports to Baku’s grand strategy, which is based on close relations with the West and a strategic partnership with Turkey. As a former Russian and Soviet-occupied “captive nation,” Azerbaijan thus hopes to counterbalance Moscow’s attempts to rebuild the empire by striving to weaken Russia’s efforts to monopolize energy exports to Europe.

Another, and perhaps even more important goal of Baku, however, is to isolate Armenia. Historic tensions and enmities between the Azeris and Armenians have been exacerbated by the war for Nargorno-Karabagh/Artsakh after the implosion of the Soviet Union and more recent incidents, such as Baku’s celebration of an Azeri officer who murdered an Armenian officer in Hungary with an axe several years ago.  Because of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey, as an ally of Azerbaijan, has closed its border with Armenia, thereby imposing a dual blockade on Armenia from east and west. This is part of the two countries’ isolation policy vis-à-vis Armenia. Armenia’s close relations with Russia and Iran, in turn, make Azerbaijan feel quite uneasy and surrounded, thereby creating a vicious cycle that will be very difficult to resolve in an amicable manner.

Armenia is the greatest negative target of Azerbaijan’s public diplomacy campaign on the international stage, which is fueled by revenues from energy resource exports. However, Mr. Khlgatyan pointed out, an overreliance on petro-dollars can ultimately weaken Azerbaijan’s economic prospects and make it a victim of the “Dutch Disease.” The fact that Azeri oil reserves in the Caspian Sea hit their peak in 2010-2011 may eventually undercut Baku’s grand strategy.

For Armenian commentary on the event, please see Armenpress or HETQ.

We have been unable to locate any Azerbaijani perspectives on the lecture.

Vilen Khlgatyan is Vice-Chairman of Political Developments Research Center (PDRC), a virtual think tank based in Yerevan, Armenia. He attended Webster University, where he double majored in International Relations and International Business, and graduated in Spring 2010. He spent a semester studying in Vienna, Austria, where he also attended OPEC and OSCE workshops.

His studies at IWP have focused on national security and the geopolitics of energy. He is writing his honors thesis on the “Geopolitics of Energy in the South Caucasus.”

Mr. Khlgatyan was a campaign staffer for Congressman Russ Carnahan of Missouri’s 3rd District, who sat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.