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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. While dubbed “the war to end all wars”, the concluding treaties of Versailles and Trianon ushered in a “peace to end all peace.”

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).

DIVIDE AND RULE – AND NO END? 26.06.2014 DIVIDE AND RULE – AND NO END?
By Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
There is an old German proverb saying that “two parties may fight at the third party’s delight.” The delight may sometimes be accidental, as when someone by happenstance stumbles upon two fighting parties. More frequently, however, the delight is deliberately produced or the result of a deliberate strategy.

KATARYNA WOLCZUK: ARMENIA SHOULD BE NEGOTIATING TREATY OF EURASIAN UNION, NOT ONLY THAT OF CUSTOMS UNION 26.06.2014 KATARYNA WOLCZUK: ARMENIA SHOULD BE NEGOTIATING TREATY OF EURASIAN UNION, NOT ONLY THAT OF CUSTOMS UNION
Panorama.am presents an interview with Dr. Kataryna Wolczuk, Senior Lecturer in East European Politics at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, UK and the co-editor of the book Eurasian Economic Integration: Law, Policy and Politics (2013).

JORDAN COULD BE THE ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND THE LEVANT'S NEXT TARGET 23.06.2014 JORDAN COULD BE THE ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND THE LEVANT'S NEXT TARGET
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, buoyed by its recent successes in Iraq, wants to expand its regional reach. Reports that Iraq has withdrawn forces from western towns close to its 180-kilometer (110-mile) border with Jordan have left Amman feeling vulnerable, and the Hashemite kingdom, certainly a target of interest for the jihadist movement, has deployed additional security personnel along the border.

THE ARMENIAN IDENTITY IN FRANCE IN THE GRIP OF MEMORIALIZATION 19.06.2014 THE ARMENIAN IDENTITY IN FRANCE IN THE GRIP OF MEMORIALIZATION
Tigran Yegavian
A year now from celebrating the centenary of the 1915 Genocide, the large Armenian Diaspora of France has made a priority of the « memorial duty » and the fight against revisionism at the expense of reflecting on their very future and lasting presence.

A CALL TO SAVE ALEPPO FROM DESTRUCTION 16.06.2014 A CALL TO SAVE ALEPPO FROM DESTRUCTION
Rev. Haroutune Selimian
The situation in Aleppo has taken a turn for the worse since the beginning of June. Dozens of mortar bombs have damaged or completely destroyed buildings in the predominantly Armenian neighborhoods of Nor Kyugh and Suleimanieh, as the opposition intensified its offensive in areas of Aleppo held by regime forces.

65 ARMENIAN FAMILIES FORCED OUT OF MOSUL AMID EXTREMIST TAKEOVER 16.06.2014 65 ARMENIAN FAMILIES FORCED OUT OF MOSUL AMID EXTREMIST TAKEOVER
Sources at the Armenian Prelacy in Iraq have said that 65 Armenian families and a priest in Mosul were forced out of the city after Islamist militants raided the city and took control of Iraq’s second largest city, reported the Aztag Daily newspaper.

HOW WEALTHY ELITES ARE HIJACKING DEMOCRACY ALL OVER THE WORLD 09.06.2014 HOW WEALTHY ELITES ARE HIJACKING DEMOCRACY ALL OVER THE WORLD
By Sonali Kolhatkar
Amid the upheavals in Thailand, Ukraine and Egypt, wealthy elites have used popular movements and elections to ratify decisions in their favor.

EXPLORING THE ROLE OF ECONOMIC INITIATIVES AS PEACE BUILDING TOOLS IN THE NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONTEXT 05.06.2014 EXPLORING THE ROLE OF ECONOMIC INITIATIVES AS PEACE BUILDING TOOLS IN THE NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONTEXT
As part of its work, EGF recently published a study entitled “A Pragmatic Review of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Resolution: Could Economic Incentives Help Break the Deadlock?”. While this research was well received by stakeholders monitoring developments on Nagorno-Karabakh, the study concluded that economic incentives, on their own, could not substitute for a political settlement to the conflict itself.

ON THE EDGE: TOTAL DESTRUCTION 02.06.2014 ON THE EDGE: TOTAL DESTRUCTION
By: Noam Chomsky
When I hear the phrase “on the edge,” the irresistible image is the proverbial lemmings marching resolutely to the cliff. For the first time in history, humans are now poised to destroy the prospects for decent existence, and much of life. 

NEW TRANSPORT PROJECTS IN THE REGION 26.05.2014 NEW TRANSPORT PROJECTS IN THE REGION
Sevak Sarukhanyan
Recently there has been a surge in work on international transport projects. This concerns also the South Caucasus and Caspian region, where several projects are close to completion. Unfortunately, these projects may to a certain extent negatively affect the regional interests of the Republic of Armenia.

KESSAB EVENTS: AN OUTLOOK FROM YEREVAN 19.05.2014 KESSAB EVENTS: AN OUTLOOK FROM YEREVAN
Vahram Hovyan
On March 21, 2014 a sudden breakthrough of militants from Turkey and capture of the Armenian-populated Kessab near the Turkish-Syrian border once again attracted the attention of the Armenian media and experts’ community on the Syria crisis and within this context, on the security problems of Armenians living in Syria.

IN UKRAINE, THE US IS DRAGGING US TOWARDS WAR WITH RUSSIA 15.05.2014 IN UKRAINE, THE US IS DRAGGING US TOWARDS WAR WITH RUSSIA
John Pilger
Why do we tolerate the threat of another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk? The scale of our indoctrination, wrote Harold Pinter, is a "brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis", as if the truth "never happened even while it was happening".

DDOS ATTACKS ON ARMENIA CAUSE CONCERNS 12.05.2014 DDOS ATTACKS ON ARMENIA CAUSE CONCERNS
Samvel Martirosyan
The DdoS hacking attacks cause increasing concerns for the global network security. Recently Armenia has also been frequently targeted by such attacks.

07.05.2014 ANOTHER NYT ‘SORT OF’ RETRACTION ON UKRAINE
By Robert Parry
Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media likes to talk about Ukraine as an “information war,” meaning that the Russians are making stuff up. But the false narratives are actually being hatched more on the U.S. side, as a new New York Times story acknowledges, writes Robert Parry.

ON SOME PECULIARITIES OF THE “COLD WAR 2” 06.05.2014 ON SOME PECULIARITIES OF THE “COLD WAR 2”
Gagik Harutyunyan
After the downfall of the USSR only the laziest commentators did not say something along the lines that the cold war is over and soon an era of peace and prosperity will follow. Given the economic and social collapse in all post-Soviet countries, if such era ever happened, then only very few have experienced it.

Seminars and meetings

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.

TOPICAL ISSUES OF EURASIAN INTEGRATION AND ARMENIA 16.04.2014 TOPICAL ISSUES OF EURASIAN INTEGRATION AND ARMENIA
A seminar titled Topical Issues of Eurasian Integration and Armenia took place at the Noravank Foundation on April 14, 2014. Vladimir Lepekhin, General Director of the EurAsEC Institute (Moscow) delivered a keynote speech in the seminar.

MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 11.04.2014 MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
On April 11, 2014 a meeting with Sergo Yeritsyan, Head of the State Language Inspectorate under Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science, took place at the Noravank Foundation.

MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 10.04.2014 MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A meeting with Vasken Yacoubian, Member of the Central Board of Directors, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), and Hovig Eordekian, Deputy Director of the AGBU Armenia Representation, took place on April 10, 2014 at the Noravank Foundation.

PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL 08.04.2014 PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL
A session of the Noravank Foundation Research Council took place on April 4, 2014. 

MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 26.03.2014 MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A meeting with Krzysztof Szczepanik, President of the European Foundation for Studies of the post-Soviet States took place on March 25, 2014 in the Noravank Foundation.

MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 21.03.2014 MEETING AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A meeting with Sergey Porkhachev, Analayst, Center of European and Asian Studies at the Ural State University of Economics (Russia) took place on March 19 in the Noravank Foundation.

20.03.2014 PANEL SESSION OF THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION RESEARCH COUNCIL
Panel session of the Noravank Foundation Research Council was held on March 18, 2014. The agenda included current matters of the Foundation’s activities, including the publishing plans.

SEMINAR AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION 11.03.2014 SEMINAR AT THE NORAVANK FOUNDATION
A seminar for discussion of the research project Diaspora Stances on the RoA Geopolitical Orientations took place at the Noravank Foundation on March 7, 2014.