PRESS RELEASE
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
395 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: 617-489-1610
Fax: 617-484-1759
E-mail: [email protected]
www.naasr.org


LECTURE AT NAASR BY RAZMIK PANOSSIAN ON POST-SOVIET ARMENIAN POLITICS


Dr. Razmik Panossian of the International Centre for Human Rights and
Democratic Development in Montreal, Canada, will give a lecture entitled
"Change without Transition: Politics in Post-Soviet Armenia" on Monday,
June 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the National Association for Armenian Studies
and Research (NAASR) Center, 395 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA. Dr
Panossian's lecture will be co-sponsored by NAASR and the Armenian
Relief Society Summer Youth Program.

Panossian's lecture will examine the challenges contemporary Armenia
faces in its post-Soviet transition. It will focus primarily on the
political processes that have led to regime changes, including
problematic elections and violence, the long-term consequences of the
Karabagh conflict, and the role of the diaspora.

Dr. Razmik Panossian is the author of The Armenians: From Kings and
Priests to Merchants and Commissars (Columbia University Press), which
traces the evolution of Armenia and Armenian collective identity from
its beginnings down to the present day. Panossian received a Ph.D. from
the London School of Economics and Political Science. His dissertation
won the 2001 Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in Comparative and
International Politics, awarded by the UK Political Studies Association.
He is currently the Director of Programmes and Policy at the
International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.

The ARS Summer Youth Program is a pilot program aiming at bringing
college age Armenian students together for one week to connect them with
each other as well as familiarize them with various Armenian
organizations and institutions headquartered in the greater Boston area.
The program also provides an opportunity for Armenian college students
to explore possibilities of internships with various organizations both
in the United States and Armenia. The program is directed by Dr. Asbed
Kotchikian.

Admission to the event is free (donations appreciated). The NAASR
Center is located opposite the First Armenian Church and next to the
U.S. Post Office. Ample parking is available around the building and in
adjacent areas. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

More information about the lecture is available by calling 617-489-1610,
faxing 617-484-1759, e-mailing [email protected], or writing to NAASR, 395
Concord Ave., Belmont, MA 02478.