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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.

May 23, 2-6pm | Cafesjian Center for the Arts

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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.

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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.


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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.

Robert English is the new director of USC's 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

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.

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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.


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AMBASSADOR Edward Djerejian

Lessons from Transition

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 Arutyunyan

Russia's Politics in the South Caucasus

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.

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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.

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Garik Hayrapetyan

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.

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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. 


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Tim Judah

The Balkans in Transition

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.

May 24, 10am-7pm | Cafesjian Center for the Arts

10 AM – 11:45 AM


Chair: Anna Arutunyan

Russia, Trump, and a New Détente

Professor Robert English - USC School of International Relations, US

Armenians and Turks: Evolving Relations

Professor Ugur Ümit Üngör - Utrecht University, Netherlands

Transition: Trends and Lessons

Dr. Razmik Panossian - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal

War, Society, and Developmental State

Georgi Derluguian - New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Chair: Professor Don Miller

Environmental rights in Post-Soviet Armenia

Dr. Pål Wilter Skedsmo - Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway

Urban Landscape of Yerevan Since Independence

Vrej Haroutounian - University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Rehabilitating Telavi: Politics of Historical Heritage in Post-Soviet Georgia

Professor Anton Popov - Aston  University, UK

The Changing Roles of Armenian Churches

Sabrina Papazian - Stanford University, US

Charitable Assistance From Diaspora for Social Change

Dr. John Antranig Kasparian - Rutgers University, US

Patterns of Armenia-Diaspora Relations

Eviya Hovhannisian - European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia (presenter)

Elli Ponomareva - European University at Saint-Petersburg, Russia

25 Years of Transition in Cinema

Eric Nazarian - Filmmaker

2 PM - 3 PM


3 PM – 4:45 PM 


Chair: Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan

How to Approach the Next Stage of Transition?

Ruben Vardanyan, Philanthropist

Relative Standing and Temporary Migration: Empirical Evidence from the South Caucasus

Professor Armenak Antinyan - Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China (Presenter)

Professor Luca Corazzini - Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Socio-Political Institutions and the Making of Democracy: Yerkrapah

Dr. Taline Papazian - Cascade Caucasus, France

Making Anocracy Work: The Microfoundations of Fiscal Policy in ‘Hybrid Regimes’

Babken DerGrigorian - London School of Economics, Armenia

Healthcare in Armenia: A Trip to the Operating Room

Shant Shekherdimian, MD - University of California, Los Angeles, US

From Egalitarian Poverty to Unequal Wealth

Dr. Karena Avedissian - University of Southern California, US

Changing Face of Legislative Process in Armenia

Arsen Stepanyan - Yerevan State University, Armenia

5 PM – 6:45 PM


Chair: Dr. Hans Gutbrod

My Friend's Enemy is My Friend: the Paradoxes Russian-Armenian Relations

Professor Mikayel Zolyan - Brusov University of Linguistics and Social Sciences, Armenia

Islamic Republic of Iran and the Foreign Policy of Armenia

Robert Markarian - Tehran University, Iran

Armenia and the European Union: Lessons from Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine

Armen Grigoryan - Central European University, Hungary

Fishing in Troubled Waters: Stories from Shuka

Tamar Kutsishvili - Friedrich Schiller University, Germany

Missed END OF TRANSITION in Los Angeles?

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.

 For information, write to or call 213.821.3943.