Conferences & Seminars / Conference Materials

May 17-18, 2008: Looking Forward: Global Competitiveness of the Armenian Economy

Gohar Minasyan, Boston College, USA
Nienke Oomes, International Monetary Fund, Armenia
Dealing with Dramatic Appreciation: Is the Armenian Dram Still Competitive?

Vahe Heboyan, University of Georgia, USA
Exchange Rates Dynamics and Macroeconomic Performance in Armenia
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Karen Grigorian, World Bank, Armenia
Vahram Stepanyan, World Bank, Armenia
Productivity Trends and Competitiveness Issues in Armenia
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Era Dabla-Norris, International Monetary Fund
Holger Floerkemeier, International Monetary Fund
Bank Efficiency and Market Structure: What Determines Banking Spreads in Armenia?
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Kenneth Fortson, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Anahit Petrosyan, Millennium Challenge Account – Armenia
Armenia’s Millennium Challenge Account Compact: Demonstrating Impact on Growth and Poverty Reduction in Rural Armenia
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Donald Niss, Nathan Associates
C. Martin Webber, J. E. Austin Associates, Inc.
The Competitiveness of the Armenian Private Sector: Goals, Challenges, and the Role of the CAPS Projects
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Charles Dunlap, Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF)
Institutional Capacity Building for Armenia’s Knowledge-based Economy
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Mher Baghramyan, AIPRG, Armenia
Vahram Ghushchyan, Ministry of Economy, Armenia
Implications of Armenian Currency Appreciation for the Competitiveness of Armenian Tourism, IT, and Food Processing Industries
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Meri Duryan, UITE, Armenia
New Strategic National ICT Vision in Armenia is Required
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Heghine Manasyan, Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia
Remittances and Migration
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Gohar Gyulumyan, Duke University
Enhancing the Role of the Diaspora in Promoting Armenia’s Sustainable Development
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Nelly Lejter, American University of Armenia
David Miller, Southern New Hampshire University
Advancing Microfinance and Community Economic Development in Armenia
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Manuk Hergnyan, Economy and Values Research Center
Gagik Gabrielyan, Economy and Values Research Center
Anna Makaryan, Economy and Values Research Center
Competitiveness of the Armenian Private Sector: Moving to the next Stage
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Hayk L. Sargsyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
Kristine Antonyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
Model of Knowledge-based Economy for Armenia
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Nelly Lejter, American University of Armenia
Rubina Ohanian, American University of Armenia
Business Education in Armenia as a Driver for Competitiveness and Social Innovation
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Serob Khachatryan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
Key Management Issues of Armenian Educational System
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Aleksandr Hakobyan, AIPRG, Armenia
The Main Challenges and Possibilities of Matching the Higher Education Sector with the Labor Market
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January 14-15, 2008: Wider Black Sea: Perspectives for International and Regional Security

Vladimir Kazimirov, Vice President, Association of Russian Diplomats, Moscow, Russia
The Speech of the Keynote Speaker /in Russian/

Dr. Ashot Alexanyan, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Faculty of International Relations, Yerevan State University, Armenia
The Role of Civil Society Institutes in the democratization processes in the Wider Black Sea Region /in Armenian/

Dr. Michael Baranick, Senior Researcher, National Defense University, Washington, USA
A Systems View of Where Actors Sit on Issue and the Impact of Finding a Solution
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James Bosbotinis, Fellow, Armenian International Policy Research Group (AIPRG), London, UK
Assessing the Strategic Importance of the Black Sea Region
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Plamen Dimitrov, Bulgarian Geopolitical Society, Sofia, Bulgaria
Wider Black Sea and the New Frontiers of the European Geopolitical Space

Khachik Galstyan, President, “World and Conflicts Research Association of Armenia” NGO
Karabakh Knot as a Factor of Stability in the Region

Tigran Jrbashyan, Armenian Director, Armenian-European Policy and Legal Advice Center (AEPLAC), Yerevan, Armenia
Wider Black Sea: Is there a common agenda for economic and institutional reforms?
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Dr. Arman Kirakosyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
BSEC and the Concept of the Wider Black Sea /speech in Armenian/

Marietta Koenig, Researcher, Center for OSCE Research, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany
A Ring of Friends? Prospects for Regional Security Cooperation between the EU and the Wider Black Sea Region

Dr. Asbed Kotchikian, Assistant Director of International Affairs Program and Instructor of Political Science, Florida State University, USA
(In) formal structures in the Black Sea as Tools of Cooperation
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Vasilios Margaris, General Director, Stock Exchange Center,   Thessaloniki, Greece
Creating Economic Development through Regional Cooperation in the Wider Black Sea Region
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Giro Manoyan, International Secretary, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Yerevan, Armenia
A view of the Wider Black Sea Region from Armenia

Dr. Liviu Muresan, Executive President, EURISC Foundation - European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management, Romania
Energy Security-Critical Infrastructures Protection in the Perspective of Bucharest NATO Summit 2008
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Lidia Prisac, PhD Student, Institute of Cultural Patrimony, Academy of Science of Moldova, Kishinev
Transnistria in Geopolitical Context of the Wider Black Sea – Historiographical Approach

Rauf Rajabov, Ambassador for Peace; Manager, 3rd View” Informational-Analytical Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan
“Geopolitical platforms” and the Space of the 4 Seas /in Russian/

Alexander Rusetsky, Director, South Caucasus Institute for Regional Security, Tbilisi, Georgia
Perspectives of Arrangement of Armed Conflicts in the Wider Black Sea Region /in Russian/

Oleh Rybachuk, Adviser to the President of Ukraine, Kiev
Ukraine’s view on perspectives of different regional organizations and initiatives in the light of the Wider Black Sea

Stepan Safaryan, MP, “Heritage” Party, Member of Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
Wider Black Sea Region and the Era of Europeanization: Challenges, Opportunities & Limits of Transformation
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Dennis Sammut, Executive Director, London Information Network on Conflicts and State Building, UK
A Holistic Approach to Security and Conflict Resolution in the Caucasus Caspian Region

Eka Sepashvili, Deputy Head of European Integration Coordination Department, Office of State
Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, State Chancellery, Tbilisi, Georgia
Security Aspects of Economic Cooperation in the Black Sea Region
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Tamar Shahabian, MA, Graduate Program in International Affairs, the New School, New-York, USA
Establishing a regional framework for Addressing Secessionist Conflicts in the Black Sea Region

Licinia Simao, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium
PhD candidate at the University of Coimbra, Portugal
Contrasting Understandings of Security around the Black Sea: Managing Complexity in the Wider Europe

Ara Tadevosyan, Director, MediaMax, Yerevan, Armenia
Armenia between the Wider Black Sea Region and the Greater Middle East

Dr. Olga Vorkunova, Senior Researcher, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Wider Black Sea: NATO, EU, SCO and Russia (Competition and Cooperation)

Dr. Alla Yazkova, Head of the Center for Mediterranean and Black Sea Problems, Institute of Europe,
Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Russia's Interests and Policy in the Wider Black Sea Region

 

January 13-14, 2007: The Economic and Social Impacts of Opening the Armenia-Turkish Border: Draft Conference Agenda

Dr. Bryan Roberts, AIPRG Research Fellow
THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACTS OF OPENING THE ARMENIA-TURKISH BORDER: SUMMARY OF CONFERENCE RESEARCH FINDINGS

Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Economic Sanctions in a Global Economy /presentation/

Tigran Jrbashyan, Hayk Barseghyan, Vadym Slobodyanyuk, Artashes Shaboyan, AEPLAC
Study of the Economic Impact on the Armenian Economy from Re-Opening the Turkish-Armenian Borders, Implications for External Trade

Anna Ohanyan,Stonehill College, Easton, MA, USA
The Political Economy Approach to the study of Armenia-Turkey Cross-Border engagement

Ara Khanjian,Ventura College, USA
Opening Armenia’s Border: Sectoral and Distributional Consequences

Burcu Gultekin, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul
Evaluating the Impact of the Opening of the Border on the Normalization of Turkish-Armenian Relations

Dzovinar Derderian, Tufts University, USA
Alternative Destinations of Migration

James Bosbotinis, Independent Research Analyst,Great Britain
The Economic and Social Consequences of Reopening the Armenian Turkish Border: The Implications for the South Caucasus, Turkey, and Europe

King Banaian and Bryan Roberts, AIPRG
The Impacts of Conflict Risk Reduction on the Armenian Economy

Mher Baghramyan, AIPRG
Estimating the Change in Trade Flows Between Armenia and Turkey if the Border is Open: Case Study Based on Georgia-Turkey and Armenia-Iran Trade

Omer Gokcekus, Seton Hall University, USA
Green Line Regulation and Its Economic Implications in Cyprus

Rich Beilock and Karine Torosyan,International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
A Phased Strategy for Opening Armenia’s Western Border

Economic Potential for Regional Integration of Armenia and Northeast Turkey

Sema Kalaycıoğlu, Işık University, Istanbul
Exploring Complementarities Between Turkey and Armenia for Regional Cooperation: Potentials and Challenges

Sergey Sargsyan, Institute of Economic Research, Yerevan
Transportation and Administrative Costs: Unearned Surplus 

 

June 17-18, 2006: Dual Citizenship: Alternative Arrangements, Economic Implications, and Social Dimension
Yerevan, Armenia

Background Papers

Patrick O'Sullivan, Irish Diaspora Research Unit, University of Bradford
DEVELOPING IRISH DIASPORA STUDIES: A PERSONAL VIEW
Presentation

Peter J. Spiro, University of Georgia Law School
PERFECTING POLITICAL DIASPORA

Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, New School for Social Research, BearingPoint, Inc. and AIPRG
DUAL CITIZENSHIP IN ARMENIA: THE NATURE OF THE DEBATE SINCE INDEPENDENCE

Henk Van Goethem, UNHCR, Geneva Office
A FEW LEGAL OBSERVATIONS PERTAINING TO NATIONALITY

Dual Citizenship Concepts

ARF Concept on Dual Citizenship /Armenian Version/
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English Version/

AIPRG Concept on Dual Citizenship /Armenian Version/
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Presented Papers

Irina Davtyan, Armenian Migration Agency
SOME ISSUES RELATED TO THE INTRODUCTION OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP IN ARMENIA /Armenian Version/

Hovsep Khurshudyan, Armenian Center for National and International Studies, Diaspora and Economics Affairs Expert
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS OF THE PROBLEM OF SERVING IN THE ARMENIAN ARMY FOR DUAL CITIZENS /Armenian Version/
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Asbed Kotchikian, Florida State University and AIPRG
BETWEEN (HOME)LAND AND (HOST)LAND: LEBANESE-ARMENIANS & THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
Presentation

Andrew D. Kzirian, Esq. Law Offices of Morgan Lewis, Philadelphia
DUAL CITIZENSHIP FOR THE REPUBLIC ARMENIA: POSING QUESTIONS OF LAW AND CIRCUMSTANCE
Presentation

Satenik Mkrtchyan, Archeology and Ethnology Institute, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia
Ruzanna Tsaturyan, Civil Service Council of the Republic of Armenia
SOCIO-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF YOUTH REPATRIATION TO THE RA: THE CASE OF ARMENIANS FROM ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN /Armenian Version/
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Richard Antaramian, University of Michigan
DUAL CITIZENSHIP ARRANGEMENTS AROUND THE WORLD: IS THERE A MODEL FOR ARMENIA?

Anna Ohanyan, Ph. D., Professor, Political Science Department
THE DEVELOPMENTAL VALUE OF DUAL CITIZENSHIP
Presentation

Zaruhi Sahakyan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
IMMIGRATION AND REPATRIATION: IMPACT ON LABOR MARKET LITERATURE REVIEW AND IMPLICATIONS FOR ARMENIA
Presentation

Narine Solomonyan, Constitutional Court of Armenia
THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE OF REGULATING DUAL CITIZENSHIP /Armenian Version/
/English Summary/
Presentation

Verjiné Svazlian, Dr. Prof., Leading Researcher Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
REPATRIATION AND PEOPLE’S HISTORICAL MEMORY /Armenian Version/
/English Version/
Presentation

Raffy Semerdjian, CSP Middle East sarl and Saint Josef University, Beirut
DUAL CITIZENSHIP, EXPERIENCE FROM ABROAD, A CASE STUDY FROM LEBANON (presentation)



May 6, 2006: Conference on “Armenia: Challenges of Sustainable Development" in honor of Professor of Armen Alchian
UCLA, USA


Enrique Gelbard, Deputy Division Chief, and former Mission Chief to Armenia, International Monetary Fund
Growth and Poverty Reduction in Armenia: Achievements and Challenges
Remarks

William Ascher, Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics,
Claremont McKenna College, and AIPRG Advisory Board
Comments On Armenia’s Performance
Remarks

Dan Mazmanian, Director, USC Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise
Reducing Corruption as a Strategy in the Drive for Sustainable Development

Ara Khanjian, Department of Economics, Ventura College and AIPRG
Economic Growth, Government Pro-Poor Policies and Poverty Reduction in Armenia
Remarks
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David Grigorian, International Monetary Fund and AIPRG
Tax Potential vs. Tax Effort: Factors Behind the Stubbornly Low Tax Collection in Armenia

Giuseppe Iarossi, World Bank
Federica Saliola, World Bank and University of Rome III
Giovanni Tanzillo, World Bank
Business Climate, Productivity, and Competitiveness in Armenia, 2002-2005

Nerses Yeritsyan, Central Bank of Armenia and AIPRG
Financial Sector Development in Armenia: Problems and Challenges




April 21, 2006: Armenia: Monetary and Financial Sector Policies and Challenges,
Washington DC, USA

Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz, President of the National Bank of Poland
Keynote Address: Lessons of Catching Up

Era Dabla-Norris, International Monetary Fund
Monetary Transmission Mechanisms in Armenia: A Preliminary Evaluation

King Banaian, St. Cloud University and AIPRG
David Kemme, University of Memphis
Grigor Sargsyan, Central Bank of Armenia
Inflation targeting in the Armenian context

Pierre L. Siklos, WLU & Viessmann Research Centre Waterloo ON CANADA
IT Framework in Hungary

Armine Khachatryan, International Finance Corporation and AIPRG
Optimal Financial Sector Architecture: Issues for Discussion

Karine Themejian, European Central Bank
Dominique Chabert, University of Lyon
The impact of the creation of CSDs in CEECs. Implications for Armenia

Olga Sulla, ECSPF
Developing Financial Instruments to Mobilize Domestic Resources for Infrastructure in Kazakhstan

January 14-15, 2006: Armenia: Public Sector Governance and Economic Efficiency
Washington DC, USA

Michael Nicholson, IRIS Center, University of Maryland
Armine Mirzoian, BearingPoint Armenia Office
Information Needs and Institutional Development
Abstract in Armenian

Ara Hovsepyan, DFID Armenia Office
Armen Khudaverdyan, Deputy team leader of Armenia Public Sector Reforms Project (APSREP) and
Secretary of the Public Sector Reforms Commission under the GoA
Public Sector Reforms in Armenia: Institutional and Management Reforms
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Hamid Davoodi, International Monetary Fund
David Grigorian, International Monetary Fund and AIPRG
Tax Potential and Tax Effort: Factors Behind the Stubbornly Low Tax Collection in Armenia
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Robert W. McGee, Barry University
Tatyana B. Maranjyan, Moscow State University of Economic Statistics and Informatics, Yerevan Branch
Tax Evasion in Armenia: An Empirical Study
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Armen Alaverdyan and Vahe Balayan, Armenian State Tax Service
The Current Legislative and Administrative Issues of the VAT System in Armenia
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Abstract in Armenian

Davit Harutyunyan and Tigran Jrbashyan, Armenian European Policy and Legal Advice Center
Estimation of Transaction Costs during Tax Collection Process
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Abstract in Armenian

Shoghik Hovhannisyan, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University
The Distributional Impact of the Public Expenditures in Armenia
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Giuseppe Iarossi, Federica Saliola, and Giovanni Tanzillo, The World Bank
Business Climate and Firm Productivity in Armenia: 2002-2005
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Abstract in Armenian

Richard Beilock, University of Florida and AIPRG
David Grigorian, International Monetary Fund and AIPRG
Yvonne Reinertson, University of Florida
Bringing Something Different To The Table: Potentials of Public-Private Partnerships for Armenia and Other Developing/Transition Countries
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Tigran Poghosyan, CERGE-EI, and Evzen Kocenda, CERGE-EI, WDI, and CEPR
Affine Term Structure Models for the Foreign Exchange Risk Premium in Armenian Deposit Market
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Aghassi Mkrtchyan, UNDP Armenia Office
Exchange Rate Fluctuations in the Context of Changing Monetary Policy Objectives
Abstract in Armenian

Armine Ishkanian, Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics and AIPRG
‘From Inclusion to Exclusion: Armenian NGOs Participation in the PRSP', Journal of International Development , 18: 5 (July). Pp. 729-740. ISSN#   1099-1328
Abstract in Armenian

Asbed Kotchikian, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and AIPRG
The Dialectics of Smallness: State-Making in the South Caucasus
Abstract in Armenian

Khatchik Der Ghougassian, Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) and AIPRG
Balance of Power, Democracy and Development: Armenia in the South Caucasian Regional Security Complex
Abstract in Armenian

Olga Ruda, Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, American Bar Association
Judicial Reform Index for Armenia

Shavarsh Kocharyan, Member of the Parliament
Armenia: Demographic Challenges
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Abstract in Armenian

Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, New School for Social Research and AIPRG;
Karina Mashuryan, City University of New York; and
Arkady Gevorkyan, St. John's University
Economics of Labor Migration from Armenia: A Conceptual Study
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May 29, 2005: Armenia: Financial Sector Development – Directions and Challenges,
Tsakhkadzor, Armenia

Michael Borish, Independent Consultant, USAID Fin. Sector Assess. Program, Canada
Strategic Requirements for Next Stage Financial Sector Reform in Armenia

Luigi Passamonti, Senior Advisor, Fin. Sector Vice-Presidency, The World Bank
How to Engage Market Participants in the Design of Financial Development Strategies

Peter Nijsse, Deputy Head General, Inter. Div., Ministry of Finance, The Netherlands
Optimal Financial Sector Architecture

Carol Rabenhorst, Senior Legal Advisor, Urban Institute, U.S.A.
Legal issues in Armenia, and the Relation between the Legal Foundation for the Primary Market and the Development of the Secondary Market

William Britt Gwinner, Senior Housing Finance Specialist, The World Bank
Armenian Market: Priorities for the Near-Term

Douglas Diamond, Independent Consultant, U.S.A.
Overview of Mortgage Bonds, Securities, and Liquidity Facilities: A Comparative Analysis

Friedemann Roy, Senior Project Manager, Bankakademie International, Germany
Standardization, Training, and Construction of Savings Plans

Anna Nechai, Legal and Pension Expert, PADCO, U.S.A.
Role of Pension Reform in Financial Sector Development: Opportunities for Armenia

Peter de Bruijne, Product Director, ING Institute. and Gov. Advisory, The Netherlands
Pension Funds: International Differences Seen Through ING Eyes

Patrick Luternauer, Project Manager, International Finance Corporation
Corporate Governance in Banking: Key Issues

Jonathan Stark, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Cascade Capital Holdings, U.S.A.
Comparative Analysis of Armenia’s Environment

Alexander von Gleich, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
Corporate Governance as Integral Part of Risk Assessment: The IFC approach

 

January 15-16, 2005: Third Annual Conference on "Armenia: Income Distribution and Social Safety Nets",
Washington D.C., USA

Vahram Nercissiantz, Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Armenia and AIPRG Advisory Board
Keynote Opening Address

Haroutune K. Armenian, President, American University of Armenia
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Conference Thematic Address: Challenges for the Development of a Private Health Care Delivery Sector in Armenia

Enrique Gelbard, International Monetary Fund
Armenia: After a Decade of Reforms

Bryan W. Roberts, BearingPoint, USA
King Banaian, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota
Remittances in Armenia: Size, Impacts, and Measures to Enhance Their Contribution to Development

Bagrat Tunyan, The World Bank Armenia Office
The Shadow Part of the Armenian Economy: Size, Causes, and Consequences

Grigor Sargsyan, Central Bank of Armenia
Inflation and Output in Armenia: the Threshold Effect Revisited

Gohar Minasyan, IMF Armenia Office
Aghassi Mkrtchyan, UNDP Armenia Office
Factors Behind Persistent Rural Poverty in Armenia

Astghik Minasyan, Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, Armenia
Hasmik Ghukasyan, USAID/PADCO Armenia Office
Targeting State Social Assistance to the Most Needy: the Armenian Experience

Sergey Khachatryan and Lusine Aydinyan, Health Project Implement. Unit, Arm.
Stakeholder Perceptions of the Initial Stages of Armenia’s Health Sector Optimization Project

Marine Adamyan, World Vision, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia Office
Integrated Approaches to Well-Being and Quality of Life Improvement

Hilda Grigorian, Grigorian Business Consultants, USA
Human Trafficking in Armenia

Paul Holden, The Enterprise Research Institute, USA
Vahe Sahakyan, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Issues Related to Promoting Competitive Business Environment in Armenia

Audrey Selian, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA
The Use of Information and Communication Technologies as Tools for Institutional Transformation in Armenia

Karine Torosyan, Department of Economics, Oregon State University, USA
Armenia’s Trade Structure in Comparative Prospective

Asbed Kotchikian, Boston University, USA
Border Politics: the Geopolitical Implications of Opening of the Turkish-Armenian Border

Richard Giragosian, Abt Associates and AIPRG
Towards a New Concept of Armenian National Security

Berge Ayvazian, Armenian High Tech Council of America and AIPRG
Strategic Direction’s of the Diaspora in Armenia’s Economic Development

Aaron H. Sherinian, U.S. Embassy in Armenia
“Marketing" Assistance Programs to the Diaspora: The U.S. Embassy, Yerevan Experience

Kaia Miller, Aslan Global and Armenia2020
The Essential Element in Effective Diaspora-Homeland Partnerships: A Discussion of Views from Armenia and Its Diaspora