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Two important facts emerge from the past four weeks’ news. First, China is becoming the world’s largest economic power, officially overtaking the US, based on GDP measured in purchasing power terms (IMF figures) of $17.61 trillion (compared to $17.4 trillion for the US). If the official media hasn’t raised the slightest eyebrow to this information, our team believes that it’s an historic event: the US is no longer the world’s largest economic power and, inevitably, that changes everything!

NON-INTERVENTIONISM – THE FORGOTTEN DOCTRINE 16.10.2014 NON-INTERVENTIONISM – THE FORGOTTEN DOCTRINE

A Paper by John Laughland, Director of Studies, Institute of Democracy and Cooperation (Paris), delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014

I would like to draw attention to a specific characteristic of Western-backed regime change as it has been practised in recent years and decades. In nearly all cases, regime change has been accompanied by criminal prosecution of the old regime.

CAN CHINA AND RUSSIA SQUEEZE WASHINGTON OUT OF EURASIA? 13.10.2014 CAN CHINA AND RUSSIA SQUEEZE WASHINGTON OUT OF EURASIA?
By Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch
A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB. Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran. But don’t mention it inside Washington’s Beltway or at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

NEOLIBERALISM HAS BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN US 13.10.2014 NEOLIBERALISM HAS BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN US
by Paul Verhaeghe
We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative.

IDENTITARIAN REDUCTIONISM AND GEOPOLITICAL ANALYSIS 10.10.2014 IDENTITARIAN REDUCTIONISM AND GEOPOLITICAL ANALYSIS
By Tiberio Graziani
Since the revolution led by Khomeini and the involvement of the mujahideen movement in the coeval soviet-afghan war, the study of the relation between religion and geopolitical analysis has led to a renovated interest among researchers and analysts. The two episodes, in fact, in addition to being an important geopolitical event, in some ways a forerunner of incipient disintegration of the bipolar system, has reinstated the religious element in the international dynamics as an essential factor useful for understanding the global scenarios.

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN AZERBAIJAN TOO BLATANT TO COVER UP 06.10.2014 HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN AZERBAIJAN TOO BLATANT TO COVER UP
Commenting on the West’s reaction to the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, the political analyst Gagik Harutyunyan said he believes that the international community is thus seeking a kind of information pressure against the country.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS AROUND THE ISSUE OF CHURCH PROPERTY RETURN IN TURKEY 02.10.2014 NEW DEVELOPMENTS AROUND THE ISSUE OF CHURCH PROPERTY RETURN IN TURKEY
Vahram Hovyan
The problem of preserving and returning church properties in Turkey seized from Christian minorities is time to time brought into the political agenda. Recently the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee adopted the bill H.R. 4347, a.k.a. Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act (on June 26, 2014 ordered to be reported unanimous consent), which once again made this issue a discussion subject in public/political and information dimensions.

29.09.2014 INSIGHTS INTO TURKISH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS DURING AUG. 16TH - SEPT. 15TH 2014
By John VanPool
Key Points:
- New Prime Minister Ahmet Davuglotu announces his cabinet with few surprises, save the re-appointment of economic policy heads Ali Babacan and Mehmet Simsek. The cabinet will continue to carry out its predecessor’s policies, though Turkey’s de facto leader remains President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

GLOBAL CONTEXT 26.09.2014 GLOBAL CONTEXT
“The World War I turned out a momentous event for us, as Genocide took place and we lost Western Armenia. The current processes in aggregate are reminiscent of the WWI”, says Gagik HARUTYUNYAN, Director of Noravank Foundation.

WHO MAKES UP THE "ISLAMIC EMIRATE"? 24.09.2014 WHO MAKES UP THE "ISLAMIC EMIRATE"?
by Thierry Meyssan
While Western public opinion is fed information about the constitution of a purported international coalition to fight against the "Islamic Emirate", the latter changes shape discreetly. Its principal officers are no longer Arab, but Georgian and Chinese. For Thierry Meyssan, this mutation shows that NATO ultimately intends to use the "Islamic Emirate" in Russia and in China. Therefore, both countries must act now against the jihadists before they return to sow chaos in their countries of origin.

THE ARMENIAN ISSUES IN THE AGENDA OF THE THIRD WORLD TURKIC FORUM 18.09.2014 THE ARMENIAN ISSUES IN THE AGENDA OF THE THIRD WORLD TURKIC FORUM
Arestakes Simavoryan
In accordance with its foreign policy strategy, Turkey undertakes measures to unify Turkic countries around its axis, aimed at forming a common agenda not only in the political arena, but also in the areas of culture, education and tourism. The scientific/analytical centers (‘think-tanks’) are involved in these undertakings as well.

THE SPIRITUAL HERITAGE AS A SOURCE OF WISDOM IN THE AGE OF GLOBALISATION 08.09.2014 THE SPIRITUAL HERITAGE AS A SOURCE OF WISDOM IN THE AGE OF GLOBALISATION
A Keynote Speech by Dr.Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1999-2004), Co-Chairman, World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, presented at the 12th Annual GCGI International Conference and the 2nd Joint GCGI and SES Forum “The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”, 31 August-4 September, 2014, Waterperry House, Oxford

THE SOCIAL COSTS OF THE EU-RUSSIA SPLIT 04.09.2014 THE SOCIAL COSTS OF THE EU-RUSSIA SPLIT
By Raffaele Marchetti
There is a big discussion about the high costs that EU Member States and Russia are going to pay as the result of the current waves of sanctions and countermeasures related to the Ukrainian crisis. Currently, the EU exports to Russia € 140 billion, conversely Russia exports to the EU around €180 billion.

THE BATTLE AGAINST BARBARISM 01.09.2014 THE BATTLE AGAINST BARBARISM
By Adrian Pabst
For the past few weeks, the world has watched on in horror as ISIS has intensified its barbarian campaign, killing thousands in unspeakably brutal ways and expelling many more. Eyewitness reports tell a gruesome story of summary executions, beheadings and crucifixions – Christians being nailed alive to crosses and left there to be bleed to death. The severed heads and mutilated bodies have been paraded outside conquered villages.

EUROPE AWAKE! 31.07.2014 EUROPE AWAKE!
Fred Dallmayr
In this year, 2014, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, that ferocious war in which “Old Europe” - the Europe of the “Belle Epoque”, the Europe of traditional monarchies and dynasties - was destroyed. For the peoples of Europe it was an immense bloodletting, epitomized by trench warfare and the battle of Verdun. The war also laid the foundation for subsequent catastrophes.

INSIGHTS INTO TURKISH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS BETWEEN 16 MAY – 16 JULY 2014 29.07.2014 INSIGHTS INTO TURKISH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS BETWEEN 16 MAY – 16 JULY 2014
By John VanPool
Iraq implodes as the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or alternatively the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) allies with Iraqi Sunnis to overtake large swaths of the country’s northwest, including the city of Mosul. Turkish hostages are taken in the city, and the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq halts IS’s march towards oil-rich Kirkuk.

THE WORLD WE'VE CONSTRUCTED IS FAR BEYOND GEORGE ORWELL'S WORST NIGHTMARE 21.07.2014 THE WORLD WE'VE CONSTRUCTED IS FAR BEYOND GEORGE ORWELL'S WORST NIGHTMARE
By John Pilger
The other night, I saw George Orwell’s 1984 performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, “To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.”

CAN SANCTIONS STOP PUTIN? 14.07.2014 CAN SANCTIONS STOP PUTIN?
By: Clifford G. Gaddy and Barry W. Ickes
As the Ukraine crisis continues, further rounds of sanctions on Russia are being discussed. But the question that still hasn’t been answered is, do sanctions work? For some, the question seems unnecessary. Clearly, sanctions work. Capital is flowing out of Russia, the ruble is losing value, Russian companies have less access to foreign credits, and the country’s GDP is falling.

THE SUNNI RAMADAN OFFENSIVE AND THE LESSONS OF TET 07.07.2014 THE SUNNI RAMADAN OFFENSIVE AND THE LESSONS OF TET
By George Friedman
In February 1968, the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a general offensive in Vietnam during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. From mid-1966 onward, the North Vietnamese had found themselves under increasing pressure from American and South Vietnamese forces. They were far from defeated, but they were weakening and the likelihood of their military victory was receding.

WHAT MAKES US DIPLOMATS TALK OF CAUCASUS CRISIS-2014? 04.07.2014 WHAT MAKES US DIPLOMATS TALK OF CAUCASUS CRISIS-2014?
Ekaterina Kudashkina
US experts and diplomats have been warning of a new security crisis that could break out in the South Caucasus in autumn of 2014. How good is the forecast and is there any evidence the region is really headed for a new war? Or is it rather a threat aimed at disrupting these countries’ ties with Russia? We are discussing the issue with Razi Nurullayev, Azerbaijani political analyst and the head of “Region” International Analytical Centre, and Sevak Sarukhanyan, deputy head of the Noravank think tank in Yerevan.

FRENCH EXPERT: RECOGNITION OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH REPUBLIC IS THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT CAN ENSURE STABILITY IN REGION 30.06.2014 FRENCH EXPERT: RECOGNITION OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH REPUBLIC IS THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT CAN ENSURE STABILITY IN REGION
Panorama.am presents an interview with Adrien Gévaudan, expert in geopolitics and geo-economics, founder of analytical website IntStrat, who has recently published an article titled “Geopolitics of the Greater Caucasus and Nagorno-Karabakh” (also published in French).

Seminars and meetings

MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 13.10.2014 MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A meeting with Yiannos Charalambides, Doctor of International Relations and European Studies (Cyprus) took place at the Noravank Foundation on October 9, 2014.

MEETING AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION 08.10.2014 MEETING AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION
On October 7 the Noravank Foundation hosted a meeting with participation of Rev. Dr Paul Haidostian, President of the Haigazian University in Beirut, Dr. Antranik Dakessian Director of Haigazian University Armenian Diaspora Research Center and Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church of Aleppo-Syria.

MEETING AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION 02.10.2014 MEETING AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A meeting with Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga, Senior Fellow, Russian Department of the Centre for Eastern Studies (Poland) took place at the Noravank Foundation on September 26, 2014.

MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 26.09.2014 MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A meeting with Krzysztof Szczepanik, President of the European Foundation for Studies of the post-Soviet States (Poland) took place on September 23, 2014 in the Noravank Foundation.

ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES OF THE MIDDLE EAST: PROSPECTS AND STRATEGY 26.09.2014 ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES OF THE MIDDLE EAST: PROSPECTS AND STRATEGY
Rev. Dr Paul Haidostian, President of the Haigazian University in Beirut, visited Noravank Foundation on September 18, 2014. During the meeting the prospects of cooperation between Noravank Foundation and Haigazian University were discussed.

TOPICAL ISSUES OF EURASIAN INTEGRATION 18.09.2014 TOPICAL ISSUES OF EURASIAN INTEGRATION
Round table discussions on Topical Issues of Eurasian Integration took place at the Noravank Foundation on September 18, 2014 with participation of Alexander Sytin, leading researcher of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS), doctor of historic science and Alexander Shpakovski, manager of the analytical project Citadel (Republic of Belarus).

A MEETING WITH MR.WILLIAM LAHUE 17.09.2014 A MEETING WITH MR.WILLIAM LAHUE
A meeting with Mr.William Lahue, NATO/PFP Liaison Officer in South Caucasus, took place at Noravank Foundation on September 17, 2014.

THE CURRENT ROLE OF HISTORIOGRAPHY AND THE ISSUES OF  INFORMATION SECURITY 08.09.2014 THE CURRENT ROLE OF HISTORIOGRAPHY AND THE ISSUES OF INFORMATION SECURITY
A seminar titled The Current Role of Historiography and the Issues of Information Security was conducted on September 3, 2014 at the Noravank Foundation. The seminar was attended by Noravank Foundation experts and leading specialists of the country.

FINAL LECTURES OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL “ARMENIA AND ARMENIANCY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES” 14.07.2014 FINAL LECTURES OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL “ARMENIA AND ARMENIANCY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES”
On July 9, 2014 the last three lectures of the summer school “Armenia and Armeniancy: Challenges and Opportunities” took place in the Noravank Foundation.

MEETING AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION 03.07.2014 MEETING AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A delegation of Gorchakov Fund, Russian International Affairs Council and Institute of CIS Countries visited Noravank Foundation on July 2, 2014.

THIRD AND FOURTH LECTURES OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL “ARMENIA AND ARMENIANCY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES” 03.07.2014 THIRD AND FOURTH LECTURES OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL “ARMENIA AND ARMENIANCY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES”
On July 1, 2014 third and fourth lectures of the summer school “Armenia and Armeniancy: Challenges and Opportunities” took place in the Noravank Foundation.

SUMMER SCHOOL “ARMENIA AND ARMENIANCY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES” LAUNCHED 01.07.2014 SUMMER SCHOOL “ARMENIA AND ARMENIANCY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES” LAUNCHED
In the context of training/educational programs and the concept of Pan-Armenian University, Noravank Foundation has launched the summer school “Armenia and Armeniancy: Challenges and Opportunities” on June 30, 2014.

FINALIZING THE RESULTS OF THE 2009-2014 RESEARCH PROJECTS CONTEST CARRIED OUT AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF  GAZPROM ARMENIA CJSC 25.06.2014 FINALIZING THE RESULTS OF THE 2009-2014 RESEARCH PROJECTS CONTEST CARRIED OUT AT NORAVANK FOUNDATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF GAZPROM ARMENIA CJSC

11.06.2014 PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL
A session of the Noravank Foundation Research Council took place on June 10, 2014. The agenda included: election of Gazprom Armenia Director V. Harutyunyan and Deputy Director R. Surenyan as honorary members of the Noravank Foundation Research Council, changes in membership of the Research Council, the 2014 half-year period reports for the Foundation’s Centers and Research Council.

PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL 06.06.2014 PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL
A session of the Noravank Foundation Research Council took place on June 5, 2014. The agenda included report of S. Sarukhanyan, Head of the Center for the Political Studies, regarding his trip to Istanbul on May 22-25, 2014, report of S. Sargsyan, Deputy Head of the Center, concerning his trip to Chisinau, as well as some other routine issues.

A REVIEW OF TURKISH PRESS: Round-table discussion at the Noravank Foundation 29.05.2014 A REVIEW OF TURKISH PRESS: Round-table discussion at the Noravank Foundation
A round-table discussion on publications in the Turkish press about Armenia and urgent regional matters took place in Noravank Foundation on May 27, 2014.

20.05.2014 PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL
Panel session of the Noravank Foundation Research Council took place on May 16, 2014. The agenda included preparatory works for the research project contest to be held by Gazprom-Armenia at the Noravank Foundation and opportunities of cooperative research work together with the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

PECULIARITIES OF THE “COLD WAR 2” 07.05.2014 PECULIARITIES OF THE “COLD WAR 2”
A seminar for discussion of the “Cold War 2” peculiarities took place in Noravank Foundation on May 6, 2014. The speaker, G. Harutyunyan, Executive Director of the Noravank Foundation, briefly presented the history of the “Cold War 1” between USSR and USA, and the post-Cold-War chronology with emphasis on the wars in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Ossetia and Syria.

ABOUT THE RECENT EVENTS IN KESSAB 29.04.2014 ABOUT THE RECENT EVENTS IN KESSAB
A seminar-discussion titled “About the Recent Events in Kessab” took place in Noravank Foundation on April 25, 2014. H. Cholakian, a Syrian-Armenian intellectual, Expert in Armenian Studies and a witness of Kessab events, addressed the audience.