2013 Events Calendar
58th Atlantic Treaty Association’s and 17th Youth Atlantic Treaty Association’s General Assemblies - February 3-6, 2013, Rome, Italy. AYAA coordinator Astghik Injeyan participated in 58th ATA and 17th YATA General Assemblies, which took place on 3-6 February 2013 in Rome, Italy. The events were hosted in the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament and the NATO Defense College in Rome. Delegates from over thirty national ATA and YATA chapters participated in vibrant debate and discussion on a broad range of security-related issues, such as the new generation and the future of the broader Middle East; the future of NATO partnerships; NATO 2020; cooperative security; modern defense and economic development; etc.
“The Black Sea Region: Bringing future decision makers together in the changing world” youth conference- 14-15 March 2013, Ani Plaza Hotel, Yerevan, Armenia. The conference was organized by the Armenian Atlantic Association (AAA) and its Youth branch (AYAA), supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund.

The main goal of the youth conference was to establish a dialogue among the representatives of the next generation of stakeholders from Black Sea Region countries and beyond by giving them a floor for regional cooperation, fostering discussions and assessing the conflict management and security challenges the Black Sea Region faces, with a view to identify obstacles to regional security and cooperation.

The conference brought together young professionals from the Black Sea region and beyond who during a two day long conference worked and interacted together, had an opportunity to gain insights into the issues of importance for the Black Sea Region presented by experts and policy makers.

The conference was opened by Mr. Tevan Poghosyan, President of Armenian Atlantic Association, who welcomed the conference participants and thanked the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation for funding and supporting AAA’s initiative. Ms. Astghik Injeyan, project coordinator, welcomed the conference participants, introduced the two day conference agenda and encouraged the participants to be actively involved in the conference. Ms. Alexia Timotheou, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) (Greece) made her keynote speech on a theme “Empowering the Black Sea region, an influential crossroad between East and West”.

After the introduction session, a video-conference between conference participants and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Mr. James Appathurai, as well as NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) was conducted. The video-conference provided insights into issues of importance for the Black Sea region, NATO’s perspective on the South Caucasus region, an overview about the situations in Afghanistan and Syria, NATO’s commitment to democratic reforms, etc. The participants were able to ask questions and receive answers directly from NATO officials.

The participants were provided an intensive training on negotiation and leadership skills. Practical, systemized ways of negotiation and professional skills were communicated to participants through a facilitated preparation to the negotiations. With the help of a practical training module and the negotiation simulation, the participants learned new tools and skills which will facilitate the implementation of the newly gained knowledge in their daily work and along their career paths as future decision makers. The participants discussed the simulation results during the debrief session, and also learned practical ways of overcoming problems and challenges with special emphasis on leadership skills.

At the concluding session of the conference, the participants elaborated recommendations and project ideas for concrete actions necessary to improve and strengthen the level of cooperation in the Black Sea region. The recommendations reflect the youth perspectives on the current issues, and are addressed to decision makers, national NGOs and youth in general from the Black Sea region at large.

After the conference AAA and its Youth branch released a publication which includes keynote speeches, action recommendations and articles written by conference participants. The insightful analysis and policy recommendations resulting from this conference can be downloaded here.

In conclusion, this conference fostered debate and dialogue among the participants and provided a floor for gaining insights into issues of importance for the Black Sea. The conference also enabled a platform for future cooperation between the participants and their organizations.
RA National Assembly Parliamentary hearings- April 15-17, 2013. Ms. Roza Kopyan, member of AYAA participated in two parliamentary hearings and an international seminar, which were held at the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. The topics of the hearings were “Higher public trust towards Police” and “Strengthening the relations between the Society and Army.” In turn, the participants of the international seminar touched upon “The Parliamentary oversight of the security sector.” Mr. Seyran Ohanyan (RA Defense Minister), H. E. Andrey Sorokin (Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan), Artashes Andriasyan (Head of the Training Center of the Educational Complex of the RA Police), NA Deputies and other representatives of different bodies of state administration were among the speakers of the hearings who touched upon the current situation of the Armenian security sector and the undertaken reforms. Col. Carmen Vasile, Valeri Ratchev, Theodora Fuior and other foreign experts also delivered speeches about the experience of their own countries in reforming the abovementioned sectors.
83rd Rose-Roth Seminar- 29 April - 1 May 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia. AAA President and Member of Armenian Parliament Mr. Tevan Poghosyan participated in 83rd Rose Roth seminar organized by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The topic of the seminar was `South Caucasus - geopolitics, Euro-Atlantic Integration and domestic challenges`. The event was attended by 220 participants, including 70 legislators from NATO and partner countries, as well as top government and parliament officials from the countries of the region; ambassadors, representatives of international organizations and participants from think tanks and civil society.
Video-bridge between AAA; AYAA and Sibiu NATO International Spring School- 26 May 2013, Yerevan-Sibiu. AAA and its youth branch AYAA were invited to participated in an online video-conference panel entitled “NATO Partners Across the Globe” during the Sibiu NATO International Spring School. AAA President Mr. Tevan Poghosyan made an introduction about NATO-Armenia relations and the region at large. AYAA Coordinator Ms. Astghik Injeyan presented the Association’s activities, projects and initiatives. The Q/A session followed the presentations, where the conference participants had an opportunity to ask questions regarding NATO-Armenia relations and the situation in the Region.
NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session- 17 May 2013, Luxembourg. AAA President and Member of Armenian Parliament Mr. Tevan Poghosyan participated in NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session, which was held in Luxembourg. The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan was a main point of discussion during the joint meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the North Atlantic Council at the Assembly’s spring session, attended by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday (17 May 2013) in Luxembourg.
Armenian Opinion Formers Trip to NATO HQ- 5-8 June, 2013, Brussels, Belgium. AYAA Coordinator Ms. Astghik Injeyan who was also the head of delegation of the opinion formers group from Armenia participated in a visit to NATO HQ in 5-8 June. The group consisted of 12 Armenian opinion formers from different spheres, such as NGO sector, educational institutions, political parties, media, etc. The visit included meetings with NATO officials, Ambassador Armen Yedigarian and the staff of Permanent Representation of Armenia to NATO, also briefings on different themes, such as NATO’s Current Political Agenda, NATO’s Partnerships and Agenda, Defence Reform in Armenia, NATO-Armenia relations, etc. The visit was organized and hosted by NATO Public Diplomacy Division.
NATO Parliamentary Assembly training programme for the Members of National Assembly of RA and their staff- June 17-19, 2013 in Brussels. AAA President and Member of Armenian Parliament Mr. Tevan Poghosyan participated in NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s training programme on June 17-19, 2013 in Brussels. 6 members of the National Assembly of Armenia from different fractions and 3 staff members took part to that programme. Representatives of the Secretariat of NATO Parliamentary Assembly, NATO international staff, European Commission gave lectures for the participants.

On June 18 Armenian participants of NATO training programme met with the Permanent representative of Armenia to NATO, Ambassador Armen Yedigarian. During the meeting the issues of Armenia-NATO cooperation agenda, cooperation of Armenian parliament with NATO PA were discussed. Ambassador Armen Yedigarian presented activities of the Mission of Armenia to NATO and answered to their questions.
28th Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar (DAYS 2013) - 5-11 July, 2013, Aalborg Airbase, Denmark. AYAA young delegate Ms. Roza Kopyan participated in the 28th Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar (DAYS) seminar, which was held at Aalborg Airbase. The theme of DAYS 2013 was Global Actors, Trends and Interests. The seminar consisted of several lectures regarding the Syrian crisis, EU’s response to the emerging threats of the Sahel region, Drone warfare, Russia and the Caucasus, Asia's choices between China and the U.S. and Iran's nuclear program as well as several other threats and challenges pressing the international society currently and enduringly.

A simulation game on South Caucasus was organized which dealt with many conflicts in the region, such as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Abkhazian and South Ossetian issues, etc. The participants were involved in cultural and social activities during the DAYS 2013.
The 59th Atlantic Treaty Association’s and 18th Youth Atlantic Treaty Association’s General Assemblies – December 9-11, 2013, Brussels, Belgium. AAA President Mr. Tevan Poghosyan and AYAA member Ms. Roza Kopyan participated in the 59th ATA and 18th YATA General Assemblies, which took place on 9-11 December 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The events were hosted at Hotel Renaissance Brussels and World Customs Organization. On the first day a new YATA Executive Board was elected by nearly 30 YATA chapters. On 10-11 December, a two-day conference on NATO Post 2014 was held. NATO and EU cooperation, Afghanistan Post 2014, the transatlantic bond and other similar topics were discussed during the conference.
Second NATO Model Youth Summit- 8-13 July, 2013, Brussels, Belgium. The Armenian Youth Atlantic Association was presented in NATO Model Youth Summit 2013 ( MoNYS 2013) by Garnik Davtyan, who was the Ambassador of Armenian Delegation consisted of 6 members. During MoNYS 2013 the Armenian delegation was presenting the Bulgarian Delegation. The delegation members participated in various councils and committees, such as Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, NATO-Russia Council and committees Defense Policy and Planning Committee, Operations Policy Committee, Civil Emergency Planning Committee, and discussed different topics: fighting against terrorism, UN resolution 1325, and Afghanistan 2014, NATO and EU cooperation, Afghanistan Post 2014, NATO’s enlargement, Cyber Security, etc. The summit was attended by 220 participants from 65 countries. It is one of the largest meetings for the youth aged from 18 to 28. As a relatively new concept, it is a professional and academic opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to meet up and discuss the issues which threat the world
19th Portuguese Atlantic Youth Seminar (PAYS 2014) – 26 July - 2 August 2014, Sintra, Portugal. AYAA member Ms. Roza Kopyan participated in PAYS 2014, which was organized by the Portuguese Atlantic Committee and the Portuguese Atlantic Youth Association. The theme of the seminar was Alliance Capabilities – New Challenges of a Changing Geopolitical Agenda. Around 40 participants from 20 countries took part in lectures and debates regarding the ISIS case, NATO-Russia relations, Gender and Security, Counter-Piracy, NATO post-Afghanistan and other topics of current interest. One of the major components of the seminar was the North Atlantic Council Simulation. The participants also had sightseeing trips in Sintra and Lisbon. In the capital city of Portugal they had an opportunity to visit the Portuguese parliament and meet the Portuguese MPs.
"Introduction of Building Integrity Concept in the MoD of RA And the International Experience", 19 November 2013, Yerevan, Armenia. On 19th November 2013, Armenian Atlantic Association represented by Ms. Astghik Injeyan participated in "Introduction of Building Integrity Concept in the MoD of RA and the International Experience" seminar. The seminar was held in MoD of RA in the frames of NATO week in Armenia events. The Armenian reality and perspectives of building integrity initiative, examples of internal and external coordination and co-operation, as well as lessons learned and good practices of Bulgaria, Latvia, Norway and Serbia were presented.
“NATO Educational Online Briefings”- 19 December 2013, Yerevan, Armenia. On 19 December 2013, the Armenian Atlantic Association and Armenian Youth Atlantic Association conducted a “NATO Educational Online Briefing” between NATO Headquarters and the Armenian regional university students, members of youth organizations. Ms. Despina Afentouli, Information Officer for Armenia, from Public Diplomacy Division’s Engagements Section briefed the students about NATO, its current political agenda, NATO-Armenia relations, Partnership for Peace (PfP) program, 2014 NATO Summit’s agenda, etc. The participants had an opportunity to gain insights into issues of importance for Armenia and its relations with NATO, ask questions and have rather deep approach regarding NATO, its mission and relations with Armenia, avoiding the subjective stereotypes based opinions. After the video bridge the participants were divided into four groups. Within their groups they answered to the quiz questions (13 multiple choice questions elaborated by the AAA’s experts) about NATO in general and NATO-Armenia relations. The quiz helped the participants to revise the information they gained during the video-briefing about NATO, its role and NATO-Armenia relations. At the end of the program all four groups received prizes and educational materials for their active participation.
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