The fourth installment of the “Armenians and Progressive Politics” conference focusing on “Armenia at 21” will be held at Columbia University on Sept. 28-29. The conference will bring together distinguished activists, academics, and politicians from Armenia, Europe, South America, and the U.S.
The Friday night plenary session will consider the Occupy movement and the revolutions in the Arab world and their relevance for Armenia. The evening’s speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, and Arpine Galfayan, President of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in Armenia.
The six panels scheduled for Sept. 29 will examine: the 21-year trajectory of Armenia’s statehood, economy, and society; rule of law, corruption, and elections; development of civil society; Armenian-Turkish relations; foreign policy; and natural resources policy.