END OF TRANSITION
ARMENIA 25 YEARS ON, NOW WHAT?
MAY 23-24, 2017 | YEREVAN, ARMENIA
A two-city conference that seeks to investigate the transitional and post-transitional processes in Armenia and the post-Soviet region. Renowned diplomats, area specialists, and young scholars will present on the multitude of issues that have influenced 25 years of transition in Armenia.
Register at http://usc.edu/esvp with code EOT
May 23, 2-6pm | Cafesjian Center for the Arts
DR. MICHAEL QUICK, USC PROVOST | OPENING REMARKS
Povost Quick, who also serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as Professor of Biological Sciences at USC, will open the conference in Yerevan, Armenia.
As the university’s second-ranking administrator, he oversees the USC Dornsife College as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 17 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, libraries, information technology services, research, student religious life and enrollment services. His strategic priorities for the university include tackling the “wicked problems” confronting the 21st Century, faculty and student access and opportunity, educational value and affordability, and global impact.
DR. ANTHONY BAILEY, USC VICE PRESIDENT | OPENING REMARKS
Dr. Anthony Bailey oversees the Office of Strategic and Global Initiatives including USC’s eight international offices located in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Mumbai, Beijing and São Paulo.
He’s tasked with building the USC brand and recruitment efforts worldwide and represents USC in relationships and negotiations with foreign universities, governments, and other institutions abroad.
SALPI GHAZARIAN, DIRECTOR OF THE USC INSTITUTE OF ARMENIAN STUDIES | OPENING REMARKS
Salpi Ghazarian has been the director of the Institute since 2014 after returning to Los Angeles from Yerevan, Armenia, where she co-founded and directed the Civilitas Foundation and its media program, CivilNet, which pioneered a new culture of responsible journalism through online television and data-based reporting.
From 2001 to 2008, Ghazarian served as Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Armenia.
PROF. ROBERT ENGLISH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF USC SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS | OPENING REMARKS
Professor Robert English is a graduate of Princeton and served as the Director of the USC School of International Relations from 2013 to 2016. He specializes in Russian and post-Soviet international relations, political economy, and nationalism in post-communist countries.
AMBASSADOR JACK MATLOCK | The End and the Beginning
Ambassador Matlock is a career diplomat who served on the front lines of American diplomacy during the Cold War and was the last U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union when the Cold War ended.
During his 35 years in the US Foreign Service, Matlock also served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff.
DR. HANS GUTBROD | The Transition of Everything
Hans Gutbrod runs Transparify, an initiative to increase the transparency of policy research and advocacy. Based in Tbilisi, Georgia, Hans works as a Caucasus analyst and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
PROFESSOR DARON ACEMOĞLU (Video) | Why (Some) Nations Fail
Daron Acemoğlu is Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His areas of research include political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, network economics and learning. He is the author of Why Nations Fail.
PROFESSOR RONALD SUNY | The West – Turkey – Russia: Changing Partners
Ronald Grigor Suny is the William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago, and Senior Researcher at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
ERIC NAZARIAN | 25 Years of Transition in Cinema
Eric Nazarian is an award winning film director and screenwriter. He was born in Armenia, grew up in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and a Fellow at the USC Institute of Armenian Studies.
In 2008, Nazarian won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, the world's most prestigious screenwriting fellowship.
May 24, 10am-7pm | Cafesjian Center for the Arts
10 AM – 11:45 AM
THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF TRANSITION
12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
CIVIC CULTURE & SOCIAL CHANGE
- Environmental rights in Post-Soviet Armenia | Pål Wilter Skedsmo
- From Egalitarian Poverty to Unequal Wealth | Karena Avedissian
- Urban Landscape of Yerevan Since Independence | Vrej Haroutounian
- Rehabilitating Telavi: Politics of Historical Heritage in Post-Soviet Georgia | Anton Popov
- The Changing Roles of Armenian Churches | Sabrina Papazian
- Charitable Assistance From Diaspora for Social Change | John Antranig Kasparian
- Patterns of Armenia-Diaspora Relations | Eviya Hovhannisian, Elli Ponomareva
2 PM - 3 PM: LUNCH
3 PM – 4:45 PM
GOVERNANCE & ECONOMY
- Relative Standing and Temporary Migration: Empirical Evidence from the South Caucasus | Armenak Antinyan, Luca Corazzini
- Socio-Political Institutions and the Making of Democracy: Yerkrapah | Taline Papazian
- Making Anocracy Work: The Microfoundations of Fiscal Policy in ‘Hybrid Regimes’ | Babken DerGrigorian
- Healthcare in Armenia: A Trip to the Operating Room | Shant Shekherdimian
- We take for Granted that There Is a Republic of Armenia | Georgi Derluguian
5 PM – 6:45 PM
FOREIGN POLICY & REGIONAL INTEGRATION
- My Friend's Enemy is My Friend: the Paradoxes Russian-Armenian Relations | Mikael Zolyan
- Islamic Republic of Iran and the Foreign Policy of Armenia | Robert Markarian
- Armenia and the European Union: Lessons from Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine | Armen Grigoryan
- Fishing Troubled Waters: Stories from Shuka | Tamar Kutsishvili
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