You are cordially invited to a panel discussion on the topic of

Caucasus Flashpoint: The Nagorno Karabakh Conflict in Context

Vilen Khlgatyan
Founder and President, Global Research Center 

Robert Avetisyan
Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic to the United States 

Peter Debbins
Instructor, CACI

Friday, April 15
1:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 


This event is co-sponsored by the Global Research Center.

20160415 Event image 380x204On April 1st, the Azerbaijani military launched a surprise assault against the forces of the Artsakh Republic (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic). Conflicting reports have listed dozens of deaths and civilian casualties on both sides, as well as the loss of military hardware along the line of contact separating the two sides. The conflict over Artsakh has its roots in the last years of the USSR, when ethnic Armenians petitioned Moscow to be reunited with Armenia proper. Baku’s anger at the petition and subsequent pogroms against ethnic Armenians living in other parts of Soviet Azerbaijan led to a full scale war between the Armenians of Artsakh and the newly independent Azerbaijan once the USSR collapsed in 1991. Fighting lasted until 1994 when a ceasefire was signed. Since then a lasting peace has been elusive, with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair states (France, Russia, USA) working to push both sides toward a settlement.

This event will briefly cover the history of the conflict, however, the main focus will be on the most recent border skirmishes, what may have caused it, if similar outbreaks of violence can be averted, the geopolitical ramifications, and the overall lessons learned. The speakers will look at the issue from both diplomatic and military perspectives.


Vilen Khlgatyan is the Founder and President of Global Research Center. He is a Partner and the Director of Political Human Development at the Renovatio Group, a holistic consulting firm. Previously, he served as the Vice Chairman of Political Developments Research Center, a Yerevan based think-tank. His research interests include the Caucasus, Eurasianism, the geopolitics of energy, meta-politics, and non-kinetic warfare. Mr. Khlgatyan spent time researching energy related issues at OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria whilst studying at Webster University in Vienna.

His writings have appeared in American, Armenian, European, and Russian media outlets. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics.​

Robert Avetisyan has been the Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic to the United States since 2009. He graduated from the Artsakh State University in Stepanakert in 1999, and received his Master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Mr. Avetisyan has previously worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic, serving in different positions of the Ministry’s analytical and political departments. 

Peter Debbins works as an instructor for CACI teaching a broad range of topics in economics, business, defense, and emerging trends in Eurasia. His professional experience include military service in the US Army and commercial business in manufacturing, energy, and logistics. He is the Senior Military Affairs analyst at Global Research Center.

Mr. Debbins is fluent in Russian has worked extensively in Ukraine, Russia, and the US. He has authored studies and policy reports for commercial enterprises and governments. Several have resulted in the formation and execution of regional projects. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. He earned his Master’s Degree in Strategic and International Studies from The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.