Raffi Hovannisian to Deliver Keynote Luncheon Address
Policy Forum Armenia (PFA) will hold its Second Annual Forum in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 28 to March 2 to provide an opportunity for policy practitioners, academics, and the public to discuss Armenia-Diaspora relations, especially perspectives on and approaches to the present-day challenges facing the Armenian nation.
During the First PFA Forum on the global economic crisis, held in Yerevan on May 25, 2009, PFA brought together an unprecedented line-up of academics and policymakers from Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UAE to discuss the implications of the crisis for Armenia and to help devise policy prescriptions to mitigate them.
The Second PFA Forum will also gather a large number of intellectuals—academic and public policy practitioners—to discuss challenges and help devise new modes of engagement between Armenia and its diaspora. Day 1 of the forum—Feb. 28—will be held at the Cosmos Club, Washington’s premier venue for social and policy events, and will feature the presentation of PFA’s report on “Armenia-Diaspora Relations: 20 Years Since Independence.”
On Day 2 (or March 1), the forum will be held at Georgetown University. This part of the forum is open to the public and includes a full day of deliberations on Armenia-Diaspora relations. Former Armenian Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian will deliver the keynote luncheon address.
The program for Day 3 (or March 2) is limited to only young professionals and will include thematic meetings with various international agencies and public and private organizations in order to continue the discussion on Armenia-Diaspora relations and offer young professionals opportunities to network in Washington.