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Between Moscow and Brussels: Ukrainian and Armenian Dilemmas

Wed, Nov 20, 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm


You are cordially invited to a lecture on the topic of

Between Moscow and Brussels: Ukrainian and Armenian Dilemmas

Vilen Khlgatyan
Vice-Chairman, Political Developments Research Center

Wednesday, November 20
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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This lecture is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.

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Mr. Khlgatyan will discuss the anticipated plan of Ukraine to initial an Association Agreement with the European Union at the third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, why it is likely to have major consequences for Ukraine’s socio-political and economic development, and the re-balancing in Kyiv’s relations with Russia and the CIS.

Mr. Khlgatyan will further cover Armenia’s decision in September to apply for membership in the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, and how official Yerevan’s decision signifies the end phase of Armenia’s 20 year foreign policy strategy of complementarity. Both Ukraine and Armenia are at a strategic crossroads, and what Brussels and Moscow have to offer will largely dictate the future course of these two states.

Vilen Khlgatyan is Vice-Chairman of Political Developments Research Center (PDRC), a virtual think tank based in Yerevan, Armenia. He attended Webster University, where he double majored in International Relations and International Business, and graduated in Spring 2010. He spent a semester studying in Vienna, Austria, where he also attended OPEC and OSCE workshops.

In 2013, he graduated from The Institute of World Politics, where his studies focused on national security and the geopolitics of energy. He wrote his honors thesis on the “Geopolitics of Energy in the South Caucasus.”

Mr. Khlgatyan was a campaign staffer for Congressman Russ Carnahan of Missouri’s 3rd District, who sat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.