Dr. Michael Quick, USC Provost
Provost 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
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
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
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.
Professor Ronald Suny
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.
AMBASSADOR JACK MATLOCK
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.
AMBASSADOR Edward Djerejian
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian is the director of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. His career in the U.S. Foreign Service spanned the administrations of eight presidents from John F. Kennedy to William J. Clinton
Anna Arutunyan is a Russian-American journalist and the author of The Putin Mystique. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Foreign Policy in Focus, and The Moscow News, where she is an editor and senior correspondent. A former fellow at the Kennan Institute in Washington, she currently lives and writes in Moscow.
Professor Daron Acemoğlu (Video)
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.
The Transition of Demographics and the Demographics of Transition
Garik Hayrapetyan has led the UNFPA – the United Nations Fund for Population Activities – for a dozen years. His research has impacted policy, and he and his team are observers of the key demographic trends during this period of transition.
Dr. HANS GUTBROD
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.
Tim Judah is the Balkans correspondent for The Economist. He has reported for The New York Review from, among other places, Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Armenia. He is the author of In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine.
Chair: Anna Arutunyan
Professor Robert English - USC School of International Relations, US
Professor Ugur Ümit Üngör - Utrecht University, Netherlands
Dr. Razmik Panossian - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
Georgi Derluguian - New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Chair: Professor Don Miller
Dr. Pål Wilter Skedsmo - Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Vrej Haroutounian - University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Professor Anton Popov - Aston University, UK
Sabrina Papazian - Stanford University, US
Dr. John Antranig Kasparian - Rutgers University, US
Eviya Hovhannisian - European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia (presenter)
Elli Ponomareva - European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Eric Nazarian - Filmmaker
Chair: Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan
Ruben Vardanyan, Philanthropist
Professor Armenak Antinyan - Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China (Presenter)
Professor Luca Corazzini - Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Dr. Taline Papazian - Cascade Caucasus, France
Babken DerGrigorian - London School of Economics, Armenia
Shant Shekherdimian, MD - University of California, Los Angeles, US
Dr. Karena Avedissian - University of Southern California, US
Arsen Stepanyan - Yerevan State University, Armenia
Chair: Dr. Hans Gutbrod
Professor Mikayel Zolyan - Brusov University of Linguistics and Social Sciences, Armenia
Robert Markarian - Tehran University, Iran
Armen Grigoryan - Central European University, Hungary
Tamar Kutsishvili - Friedrich Schiller University, Germany
Part one of END OF TRANSITION was held at the University of Southern California on April 9 and 10, and featured scholars and specialists from across the globe as they discussed Armenia’s trajectory since it established independence in 1991.