Our panelists​



We are very pleased to present you to our panelists for the panel discussion entitled “Velvet Revolution: What is now? What is next?”

Arto Vaun

Arto Vaun

Arto Vaun holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Huddersfield. He has also attended Harvard University and the University of Glasgow. He joined the E&C faculty in 2014. In 2016 he founded and directs AUA’s Center for Creative Writing (CCW), the first such center in the region. Locomotive, one of the CCW’s major initiatives, is the first non-Armenian literary journal that is edited, published, and exported by Armenia to various bookstores around the world. Vaun’s first book of poetry, Capillarity, was published in 2009 by Carcanet. His poems have appeared in various journals, magazines, and anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. In 2014 he received the Tololyan Prize in Literature and has been interviewed by the BBC, The Boston Globe, WAYO radio in New York and other media outlets. He taught at universities in Boston and Glasgow before coming to AUA, where he teaches Creative Writing, Modernism, World Literature, Modern Poetry, and other courses. His research interests include creative writing, transnational poetics, Modernism, and diaspora studies.

Mr. Vaun’s article for Al Jazeera on Armenia’s ‘Velvet Revolution’: A masterclass in socialism https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/armenia-velvet-revolution-masterclass-socialism-180507093619273.html

More about Mr. Vaun: https://www.artovaun.com/

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Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan


Dr. Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan specializes and has interest in the sphere of civil society, political culture, volunteering, the democratization of post-communist countries, research methodology and corruption. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Jacobs University Bremen. Prior to joining AUA, she worked at Eurasia Partnership Foundation and at Caucasus Research Resource Centers – Armenia. She is the team leader of a four-year research project about Armenian civil society and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Jenny Paturyan is an AUA PSIA alumna.

Ms. Paturyan’s Article for EVN report on political changes in Armenia: https://www.evnreport.com/politics/the-president-the-new-symbol-of-parliamentary-armenia

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Samson Avetian


Samson Avetian is the founder and Managing Director of Arrow Global Ltd, an investment advisory and fund management firm. His professional activities include the economic advisory to private investors, bank management teams, board membership, contributions to financial and economic media, etc. He is also the founder/editor of research site AInsights.com. Academic career includes an MBA from Harvard; MSc in Financial Management from Gothenburg School of Business; BSc in International Relations from Stockholm University. He was elected as president of the Harvard Club of Armenia, 2013 (HarvardClub.Am).

More about Mr. Avetian: http://repatarmenia.org/en/engage/inspiration/a/samson-avetian

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Ashot Voskanyan


Ph.D. in Philosophy, Associate Professor at the Yerevan State University and Adjunct Associate Professor at the American University of Armenia. More than 50 publications in Armenian, Russian, German, English, and French, author of monographs “The Inevitability of Understanding: Essays on the History of Philosophical Hermeneutics and Deconstruction” (2015) and  “Charent’s Time” (On the spirit) (2017). Founder and President of the Armenian Research Centre in Humanities (ARCH) since 1993․ Member of Armenian Parliament (1990-95 and 1995-97), Chairman of Standing Committee on Ethics, Member of Parliaments Presidium (1990-95). Ambassador of Armenia to Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic, Permanent Representative of RA to OSCE and UN Organizations in Vienna (1995-1997, residence Vienna), Ambassador of Armenia to Germany (1998-2002).

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Armen Ghazaryan


Armen Ghazaryan is a researcher and lecturer. His main areas of interest include migration studies, European studies, European migration policies, communication studies and populism at large. He defended his Ph.D. thesis on the issue of migration and security in Armenia. He studied Public policy and public administration at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2016 Armen Ghazaryan did a fellowship at the University of Fribourg on migration and security. Currently, he is the Head of the Migration Service of Armenia and Adjunct Lecturer of College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University of Armenia.

More about Mr. Ghazaryan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRWo5b6MUl8

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