Second Annual PFA Forum: Armenia-Diaspora Relations


Day 1: Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Inaugural Presentation of Policy Forum Armenia’s Report on
 
Armenia-Diaspora Relations: 20 Years Since Independence


Day 1: Sunday, February 28, 2010
______________________________________________________
 
Inaugural Presentation of Policy Forum Armenia’s Report on
 
Armenia-Diaspora Relations: 20 Years Since Independence

 

Important Notice

To attend the Diaspora Forum in Washington, please RSVP by emailing forum@pf-armenia.org. Note that attendance at Day 1 is limited and RSVPs will be accepted depending on space availability. For more information please visit PFA’s website at www.pf-armenia.org or Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/PFA-Policy-Forum-Armenia/223299258174?ref=mf where you can sign up as a fan for more frequent updates on PFA’s activities and products.
 

Moderator: Dr. Noubar Afeyan, Managing Partner and CEO, Flagship Ventures; and MIT
 
Opening Keynote Address: Dr. Daniel Kaufmann, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
 
Presentation of the Report: PFA Team Members
 
Discussants:
    Dr. Rouben Shougarian, former Ambassador of Armenia in the U.S., Tufts University, USA
Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian, Associate Director, Eurasia Program,Cambridge University, UK
 Dr. Razmik Panossian, Director of Policy and Planning; Rights and Democracy, Canada
 
Where: The Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC
When: 7:30—10:00 PM. Cocktail reception to follow.
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Day 2: Monday, March 1, 2010
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Young Professionals Forum: Armenia-Diaspora Relations
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
 
8:30-9:00        Registration and Coffee
9:00—9:30      Opening address
 
9:30—11:00    Young Professional Session I
 
Moderator:         Dr. Zaven Kalayjian, Johns Hopkins University and PFA
 
Speakers:          Arpi Beglaryan, Slavonic University of Armenia
                                    Armenia-Turkey Protocols: Benefits and Drawbacks
                          Jennifer de Mucci, Fordham University
                                    Pouring Salt on Old Wounds: Psychological Impact of the Protocols
Tamar Palandjian, George Mason University
                       Interest-based Analysis of the Protocol-related Armenia-Diaspora Rift
                           Henry Dumanian, City University of New York
                                    The Diaspora and Democracy in the Homeland
 
11:00—11:30 Coffee break
 



11:30—1:00    Young Professional Session II
 
Moderator:       Professor Susan Karamanian, George Washington University Law School
 
Speakers:          Dzovinar Derderian, Georgetown University and PFA
Democracy in Armenia and Diaspora-Armenia Relations
                         Ted Tourian, Burgh, Balian & Bergstein, LLP and PFA
The Accountability of Diaspora Organizations to Armenians
Hayk Sargsyan, Johns Hopkins University and PFA
Relations Between Armenia and Its Diaspora: A Comparative Perspective
                          Vahe Heboyan, University of Georgia and PFA
20 Years of Economic Engagement: Rethinking Values and Approaches
 
1:00—2:00      Luncheon
 
Luncheon Keynote Address: Raffi Hovannisian, First Foreign Minister of Armenia; Founder, Heritage Party
        
 
2:00—4:00      Senior Professional Session I
 
Moderator:      Dr. Noubar Afeyan, Flagship Ventures and MIT
 
Speakers:         Professor Ara Sanjian, University of Michigan, Dearborn, USA
                         Viken Attarian, Lecturer, AGBU Montreal Arm. Studies Program, CANADA
                         Ara Papian, fmr. Ambassador of Armenia in Canada, Modus Vivendi Center
                         Larisa Alaverdyan, MP, National Assembly, Heritage Faction, ARMENIA
                         Hranoush Hakobyan, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, ARMENIA [*]
 
4:00—4:30      Coffee break
 
4:30—6:30      Senior Professional Session II
 
Moderator:      Professor Catherine Kessedjian, Pantheon-Assas University, Paris, FRANCE
 
Speakers:         Artsvik Minasyan, MP, National Assembly, ARF Faction, ARMENIA
                         Igor Muradian, Institute of Geopolitics and Geoeconomics, ARMENIA
                         Professor Khachig Tölölyan, Wesleyan University, USA
                         Professor Onnig Beylerian, Université du Québec à Montréal, CANADA
 
8:00—10:00    Cocktail Reception at Marriott Georgetown, Washington, DC
 
Special Guest Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Armenia Office

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[*] indicates “invited.”



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Day 3: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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10:00—1:00    Thematic Discussions for Young Professionals
 
Concurrent thematic discussions among young professionals (YPs) will be held on the following broadly defined topics:
 
·          Economics and development;
·          Legal issues and the rule of law;
·          Journalism and freedom of expression;
·          International relations and geopolitics;
·          Community building and social change.
 
The objective of these thematic meetings is to allow the YPs to discuss alternative mechanisms for more effective Armenia-Diaspora engagement in their particular area by building on the proceedings of Days 1-2 of the Forum. Each individual group is expected to produce minutes of the discussions summarizing their findings to be posted on PFA’s website.
 
The discussions will be held at relevant agencies and organizations across Washington that will be announced shortly. Participation in each of the above thematic groups is limited, therefore early applications are encouraged. Speakers/presenters at the YP Sessions I-II from Day 2 of the Forum will be automatically accepted. To apply, please email forum@pf-armenia.org and mention “Day 3” in the subject line.

NB

To attend the Diaspora Forum in Washington, please RSVP by emailing forum@pf-armenia.org. Note that attendance at Day 1 is limited and RSVPs will be accepted depending on space availability. For more information please visit PFA’s website at www.pf-armenia.org or Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/PFA-Policy-Forum-Armenia/223299258174?ref=mf where you can sign up as a fan for more frequent updates on PFA’s activities and products.


 
3 comments
    1. I am not surprised to read
      I am not surprised to read this information about these ‘so-called’ forum organizers. I experienced the same thing last year from these people.

      Any one that wants to be fooled can apply again. Sorry, not I. Let them keep their photos to themselves!

      GV

  1. PFA Open or Not?
    "Ms. Pampalian and Mr. Voskanyan"

    If you would like the readership of Keghart.com to discover whether PFA holds open forums or not, why would you direct them only to the Armenian Weekly website (where, incidentally, your posts are prominently featured)?  They could also go to the PFA website and judge for themselves by who attended the Armenia-Diaspora Forum and what kind ofpapers and presentations they have given.  Wouldn’t that be a better way to discover if they are open or not, Ms. Pampalian (nee Vahramian, aka Sdepan)?

    Unfortunately, by what you wrote above, I’m led to the conclusion that your purpose here, sadly, is not to inform the readers of Keghart.com.  Instead, it is to carry your grudge against PFA to yet another Forum.

    That is certainly your right.  However, this will be increasingly difficult to do as the news releases, videos, photographs, and responses to PFA’s Armenia-Diaspora Forum propogate through Armenian media.  Your audiences will have ample information with which to judge whether or not PFA is open, or not.

    I would urge you to undertake more constructive projects with your time.

    Sincerely,

    Zaven Kalayjian
    PFA Senior Member

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