Civilitas Founder Vartan Oskanian welcomed the ambassadors and pledged that Civilitas will continue its work to strengthen civil society and civic participation in Armenia.
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.
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.
Vartan Oskanian in Europe's Policy Forums
On March 27, Vartan Oskanian
participated in the annual Brussels Forum.
George Shirinian: Introduction to Vartan Oskanian
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.
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.
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.
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.
talked about his
experiences during his
years in office.
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.
Civilitas Foundation founder Vartan Oskanian and Director Salpi Ghazarian participated in the Bled Strategic Forum, in Bled, Slovenia, August 30-31.
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.
"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.
Thursday, 18 June 2009 19:30 | Written by Vartan Oskanian's Speech at the Fordham Law School, New York, USA |
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:00 | Written by Vartan Oskanian's Speech at the Bentley University, Boston, USA |
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.
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.
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.
reflected on the fact that Armenia's
foreign policy, as well as global developments of that decade, are reflected in the various statements.
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.
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.
Vartan Oskanian, Civilitas Foundation Opening Day
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.
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.
Member of Parliament
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs