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Mr. Vartan Oskanian

Wrong Vartan Oskanian?

Honorary Board Member

Local Address: Armenia
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Parliament

Education

  • AGBU Lazar Najarian high school
  • Bachelor of Science degree , Structural Engineering
    Yerevan Polytechnic Institute
  • Master , Structural Engineering
    Tufts University
  • third Master's degree
    Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • Government Studies
    Harvard University
199 Total References
Web References
Honorary Board | The Civilitas Foundation
www.civilitasfoundation.org, 15 Jan 2014 [cached]
Vartan Oskanian, Armenia Founder, Civilitas Foundation; former Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Vartan Oskanian
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Spotlight / Events | The Civilitas Foundation
civilitasfoundation.org, 13 Dec 2013 [cached]
Civilitas Founder Vartan Oskanian welcomed the ambassadors and pledged that Civilitas will continue its work to strengthen civil society and civic participation in Armenia.
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or the third consecutive year, the chairman of the board of the Civilitas Foundation, former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian invited ambassadors to comment on the Foundation's annual report, and share thoughts about Armenia and the region.Civilitas Director Salpi Ghazarian talked about the Foundation's old and new projects in education, media, rural development, and the projects of the Civilitas Council on International Relations.
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Civilitas Honorary Board member, world famous musician and human rights activist Serj Tankian met with Civilitas founder Vartan Oskanian and director Salpi Ghazarian before his first concert in Yerevan, on August 12.
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Vartan Oskanian in Europe's Policy Forums
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On March 27, Vartan Oskanian participated in the annual Brussels Forum.
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George Shirinian: Introduction to Vartan Oskanian
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I am pleased to be here tonight to introduce Mr. Vartan Oskanian, a dynamic and engaging individual, whose life can be viewed as having four distinct stages: the Middle East, the Soviet Union, the United States, and independent Armenia. As we shall see, there is a common thread running through all of them.
Vartan Oskanian was born in Aleppo, Syria and is a graduate of the AGBU Lazar Najarian high school there. Though a Syrian national, Vartan felt a strong sense of his Armenian identity and to further his education went to Armenia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.
He then went to the US and obtained a Master's in Structural Engineering from Tufts University in the Boston area. There he was captivated by the tremendous intellectual activity and energy of such a huge centre of learning, with scores of universities, and hundreds of thousands of students and professors. While working as a structural engineer, he succumbed to the need to fulfill his intellectual curiosity, which led him to take a second Master's degree, this time at Harvard, in the field of Government Studies.
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Speaking To Be Heard: A Decade of Speeches is about Vartan Oskanian's years in office between 1998 and 2008 as the Republic of Armenia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. It displays his political determination, diplomatic competence and indefatigable undertakings to advance Armenia=s interests. It is a compendium of a substantial number of statements delivered from influential platforms while crisscrossing dozens of capitals and cities around the world. The book chronicles a crucial period in the history of the young independent nation; it is an invaluable record, an enlightening narrative for all who study the evolution of the new Republic. It is also a permanent reference that will enable future generations to comprehend the challenge facing the country during those years.
These speeches reflect Oskanian's initiatives to allow the state to pursue its concerns and objectives beyond its national borders in cooperation with other states.
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The Armenian General Benevolent Union Young Professionals and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Armen Karo Student Association hosted the Montreal launch of former Armenian foreign minister Vartan Oskanian's recently published volume: Speaking to be Heard: A Decade of Speeches.
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Mr. Oskanian talked about his experiences during his years in office.
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During the discussion, Mr. Vartan Oskanian, President of the Board of the Civilitas Foundation, said the following, "I am confident that Armenia has no other choice but European integration.
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Civilitas Foundation founder Vartan Oskanian and Director Salpi Ghazarian participated in the Bled Strategic Forum, in Bled, Slovenia, August 30-31.
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Vartan Oskanian has been Honorary President of the Golden Apricot Film Festival since the festival's inception. This year, Mr. Oskanian presented the special 'Master' prize to the renowned American director Rob Nilsson at the Moscow Cinema on July 14.
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"When the organizers of the festival invited me to take on this duty years ago, I accepted it with pleasure, because I believe that film is the best medium for dialogue and mutual understanding among societies," Mr. Oskanian said in presenting the award.
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Thursday, 18 June 2009 19:30 | Written by Vartan Oskanian's Speech at the Fordham Law School, New York, USA |
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Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:00 | Written by Vartan Oskanian's Speech at the Bentley University, Boston, USA |
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Mr. Armen Harutyunyan, Ombudsman, and Mr. Vartan Oskanian, President of the Board of the Civilitas Foundation, opened the discussion with an overview of all that is at stake for a newly developing democracy if the institution of elections does not take hold.
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Mr. Oskanian opened the program asking that the discussion focus on what to do to improve the process in order to improve perceptions of fairness and legitimacy.
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Vartan Oskanian spoke about his newly-published book of speeches, Speaking To Be Heard. The book includes nearly 100 statements delivered during the decade of his two terms as foreign minister. He reflected on the fact that Armenia's foreign policy, as well as global developments of that decade, are reflected in the various statements. He also expressed confidence that the book will be useful to those studying the history of the Armenian Republic, and to future generations who want a better understanding of the challenges facing us, at this time in history.
Speaking about the title of the book, Vartan Oskanian explained that the purpose of these speeches in international forums was to be heard by policymakers, and that he did that by always trying to speak about Armenia's problems and challenges in the wider context of international issues.
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A public discussion following the presentation of Armenia in 2008: Crisis and Opportunity at Golden Tulip on 26 December 2008, with the participation of Vartan Oskanian of the Civilitas Foundation, former Prime Minister Armen Darbinyan, member of the National Assembly and Armenian Revolutionary Federation leader Armen Rustamyan, and member of the opposition Hovhannes Igityan.
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Vartan Oskanian, Civilitas Foundation Opening Day
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Vartan Oskanian, founder of the Civilitas Foundation & former Foreign Minister of Armenia, speaks to reporters and introduces the Foundation to the public on the occasion of the Foundation's official launch. Mr. Oskanian also discusses the goals, initiatives, and motivations of the Foundation, and the importance it intends to play upon the development of Armenian civil society, democracy, and statehood, in the South Caucasus.
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Vartan Oskanian
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Spotlight / Videos | The Civilitas Foundation
www.civilitasfoundation.org, 15 Jan 2014 [cached]
Vartan Oskanian on AlJazeera
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Vartan Oskanian, on Al Jazeera, discussing the context of the French Senate to criminalize genocide denial.
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Vartan Oskanian on Al-Jazeera's Counting the Cost
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Vartan Oskanian
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
THE POLITICAL CONTEXT | The Civilitas Foundation
civilitasfoundation.org, 15 Jan 2014 [cached]
Mr. Oskanian, who created CivilNet and headed the Civilitas Board, never appeared on CivilNet's air and never participated in editorial decisions.
During the 2012 parliamentary election cycle, CivilNet proved itself as a new source of information. CivilNet produced over 400 election-related reports during about 6 weeks. Their Internet and YouTube popularity can be easily measured and is a demonstration of CivilNet's willingness to give voice to the voiceless, regardless of political inclination, to cover all political players equally (including Mr. Oskanian) and to respect the young and disconnected audience and make news interesting to them.
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That challenge came in the form of the Prosperous Party, which Mr. Oskanian had joined a few months earlier.
By joining Prosperous Armenia, Mr. Oskanian brought it additional political legitimacy.
The discourse and debate during the campaign period was elevated somehow, largely due to the statements made by Mr. Oskanian and the themes he raised. There was in fact some debate beyond personalities and about issues.
Rather than calling for regime change or worse, Mr. Oskanian's consistent message was the need to establish a balance of powers and do away with the political monopoly.
Immediately prior to and following election day, Mr. Oskanian continued to insist that voting procedures needed to be changed in order to assure a transparent vote.
When the ruling party achieved an absolute majority, Mr. Oskanian stated publicly that the coalition that the ruling party wanted would serve no real political purpose. He insisted that some sort of balance could in fact be achieved even with minority parties in parliament maintaining their independence. In fact, two weeks after the election itself, the Prosperous Armenia Party announced it would not join a coalition.
In the weeks following the election, all major news sites, even those not known to be particularly supportive of Mr. Oskanian, began to suggest that he could be perceived as a candidate, even as a unity candidate, in the presidential election of February 2013.
Mr. Oskanian, born and raised in Syria, and educated in Armenia and abroad, moved again to Armenia and worked in Armenia's Foreign Ministry since the first days of independence. He served as foreign minister from 1998 to 2008. He established the Civilitas Foundation in 2008 in order to help strengthen Armenia's civil society. He served as President of the Civilitas Board from the beginning and resigned from the Board when he entered politics in February 2012.
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Vartan Oskanian
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Council on International Relations | The Civilitas Foundation
www.civilitasfoundation.org, 15 Jan 2014 [cached]
Analyses by Civilitas board members, friends, colleagues and by founder, Mr. Vartan Oskanian, offer a view of events affecting Armenia, the region and the world.
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Vartan Oskanian
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
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