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Washington forum focuses on Armenia-Diaspora Relations

The Armenian Reporter

February 26, 2010

WASHINGTON - Armenia-Diaspora relations have never been more strained in the 20 years since independence. To provide an opportunity for academics, policy practitioners, and the public to discuss perspectives on, and approaches to, the present-day challenges facing the Armenian nation Policy Forum Armenia will hold its 2nd Annual Forum in Washington, DC on February 28-March 2, 2010.

For its 1st high-level Forum on the global economic crisis, held in Yerevan on May 25, 2009, PFA brought together an unprecedented line-up of academics and policymakers from Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and UAE, including Armenia's five former Prime Ministers, to discuss the implications of the crisis for Armenia and help devise policy prescriptions to mitigate them.

As in the 1st Forum, the 2nd (Armenia-Diaspora) Forum will gather a large number of intellectuals-academic and public policy practitioners-to discuss challenges and help devise new modes of engagement between Armenia and its Diaspora.

Day 1 of the Forum (February 28) will be held at the Cosmos Club, Washington's premier venue for social and policy events, and will feature the presentation of PFA's Report on "Armenia-Diaspora Relations: 20 Years Since Independence."

Day 2 of the Forum will be held at Georgetown University. This part of the Forum is open to the public, and we invite you to join us in Washington for a full day of deliberations on this important issue. We are very pleased to inform you that Mr. Raffi Hovannisian, Armenia's First Foreign Minister, will deliver the keynote luncheon address on Day 2 (March 1).

The program for Day 3 (March 2) is limited to only young professionals and will include thematic meetings with various international agencies and public and private organizations in order to continue the discussion on Armenia-Diaspora relations and offer young professionals opportunities to network in Washington.

A detailed agenda follows. For comments or questions related to the 2nd Forum and to RSVP for Days 2 and 3, please email forum@pf-armenia.org. To register media presence, please email exrelations@pf-armenia.org.

See the full article and the agenda here.