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Armen Ayvazyan at Conference on interstate developments between Armenia and Turkey, 2008

Armen Ayvazyan (Armenian: Արմեն Այվազյան) (born May 14, 1964, Yerevan) is an Armenian historian and political scientist.

Ayvazyan is the director of the Ararat Center for Strategic Research and senior researcher in the Matenadaran, the Yerevan Institute of Medieval Manuscripts. He holds doctoral degrees in history (1992) and political science (2004).

From 1992 to 1994 he worked as assistant to the president of Armenia, adviser to the foreign minister of Armenia, and acting head of the Armenian delegation to the Conference (now Organization) on Security and Cooperation in Europe at Vienna.

He was a recipient of an International Security Studies grant provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, working in affiliation with the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1995). During the 1997-1998 academic year, he was a Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar, affiliated with the Center for Russian and East European Studies, Stanford University, US. He was a Visiting Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Fellow at ELIAMEP, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (2000–2001, Athens).

Ayvazyan worked as adjunct assistant professor of political science at the American University of Armenia, a Fellow at the American University of Armenia's Center for Policy Analysis, guest lecturer at the Yerevan State University and professor of political science of the Armenian State Academy of Governance. He was team leader of the European Commission's sponsored Campaign Against "Corruption-Friendly" Legal and Social Settings in Armenia program in 2004-2005.


After the presidential elections in 2013, he wrote a highly critical article in the Harvard International Review, where he qualified the Russian-Western geopolitical game over the influence in Armenia as a lose-lose situation, which damages both their long-term strategic interests and the viability of Armenia.[1]

Selected bibliography


Editorship, compilations


  1. ^ "2013 Elections: Armenia's Geopolitical Future and Prospects for Democracy" Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, Armen Ayvazyan, Harvard International Review, April 15, 2013. Full version of article
  2. ^ The Armenian Military in the Byzantine Empire : Conflict and Alliance under Justinian and Maurice Archived 2019-02-10 at the Wayback Machine, Edition Sigest, 128 pages, ISBN 978-2-9173-2939-9, with map.