Date: November 21, 2013
Event Type: Pubic Discussion
Speakers: Alen Amirkhanian, Armine Ishkanian, Levon Abrahamyan, Hranush Kharatyan, Jenny Paturyan
Venue: American University of Armenia

Dr. Ishkhanian discussed the findings in her published academic report based on extensive research conducted from 2011 to 2013 on the rise of environmental activism in Armenia. The report particularly focused on civil society campaigns against mining in the country. Through an examination of recent activism in Armenia (2007-present), Ishkhanian highlighted the achievements as well as the challenges and obstacles facing civil society in Armenia. The objective of this report was to contribute to on-going debates within Armenia and its Diaspora about mining in the country as well as the wider socio-economic and political developments in Armenia. Ishkhanian’s presentation on her findings was followed by presentations and discussions by eminent Armenian scholars and researchers:

Professor Levon Abrahamian, corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS RA) and the Head of the Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

Dr. Hranush Kharatyan, leading specialist, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

Dr. Yevgenya Paturyan, assistant director, Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis, American University of Armenia.

The panel discussion was chaired by Alen Amirkhanian, director, AUA Acopian Center for the Environment.

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