NEW YORK—A public lecture by former Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, titled “Roadmap to Where? Armenian Turkish Relations: Pitfalls and Possibilities,” will be held at the Fordham Law School Amphitheater (140 W 62nd St., New York) on June 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by major Armenian American organizations, is free and open to public. The event will also be webcast live on http://hairenik.com/haireniklive.htm
Oskanian served as Armenia’s foreign minister for a decade before leaving office last year. Having previously served as deputy foreign minister and first deputy foreign minister, he was Armenia’s chief negotiator in the Karabagh peace talks from 1993-2008. He has been a witness to and a participant in the historic events that have shaped the Republic of Armenia’s place in the world since achieving independence.
An eloquent speaker, Oskanian has just issued a volume of his speeches as foreign minister. Published by the Civilitas Foundation in Yerevan, of which Oskanian is the founder, Speaking to Be Heard: A Decade of Speeches, edited by Civilitas Foundation director Salpi Ghazarian, contains more than 90 speeches. NAASR is the North American distributor for the book. Speaking to Be Heard will be on sale and available for signing the night of the talk.
Oskanian holds a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, as well as a master’s degree in structural engineering from Tufts.