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  • Student Advice Corner: Introducing the Stanford Armenian Society

    Interview Overview: Danielle Mikaelian, a current Harvard Law student and Columbia University’s former Advice Corner. ASA provides a platform for students to explore, celebrate, and engage with Armenian culture, history We provided ongoing feedback, shared updates on student interest and engagement, and successfully advocated Search 'Student Advice Corner' to read past articles from Danielle Mikaelian.

  • Danielle Mikaelian's STUDENT ADVICE CORNER: Advice on Selecting an Undergraduate Institution

    As part of this, I help students determine where to apply, edit application materials, and advise them However, a big city environment can be overwhelming for some students. CSUN’s Armenian Studies Program allows students to minor in Armenian.  What environment will you personally thrive in as a student? Through these ‘STUDENT ADVICE CORNER’ series, I hope to empower the next generation of Armenians through

  • Three Armenian Male Students Illegally Abducted in Lachin Corridor by Azerbaijani Forces

    Three young Armenian male students of Artsakh have reportedly been abducted at an Azerbaijani checkpoint The abductions involve university students from Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) who were taken into custody Among those affected is Alen Sargsyan, born in 2001 and a university student en route to Yerevan. He disclosed that Azerbaijani forces had seized one university student, while another student was undergoing In a bid to rationalize the abductions, Azerbaijani media asserted that the detained students had been

  • Three Abducted Students Returned to Armenia Amid Growing Genocide Concerns Over Illegal Checkpoint

    Three Armenian students from Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) who were abducted from an illegal checkpoint The operation to return the students was carried out by the Azerbaijani side on September 7 at approximately transfer and expressed his gratitude to all parties involved in ensuring the safe return of the abducted students This investigation aims to shed light on the ordeal faced by these students and provide crucial insights

  • Armenian Students Win Gold and Bronze at 9th Caucasian International Math Olympiad

    Armenian students have once again demonstrated their mathematical skills, clinching top honors at the the Adygey State University in Maykop from March 11th to 16th, the Olympiad brought together over 160 students Sargis Arakelyan, a 9th-grade student, emerged as a standout performer, clinching the gold medal for Joining him on the podium were Elen Keshishyan and Arman Asatryan, both 9th-grade students, who earned Grigor Samvelyan, another 9th-grade student, received a letter of commendation for his commendable efforts

  • Gyumri Students Extend a Heartfelt Welcome to Their New Classmate from Artsakh

    In the heartfelt video, the new student from Artsakh is seen entering the classroom, where his fellow The atmosphere was filled with warmth and empathy as the young students embraced the newcomer, expressing The woman behind the camera, likely a teacher, shared words of hope and encouragement, telling the students Amidst these challenges, the heartwarming welcome extended by the students of Gyumri exemplifies the

  • Armenian Teacher Wounded While Shielding Students During Tragic School Shooting in Russia

    A school shooting occurred in Bryansk, Russia, involving a 14-year-old eighth-grade student named Alina Several students expressed gratitude to Mkrtchyan for her courageous actions, noting that her intervention

  • Armenian Dance Icon Gagik Ginosyan Bid Farewell with Emotional Yarkhushta Dance Performed by His Students

    During the farewell ceremony, Ginosyan's students paid a poignant tribute by performing the Yarkhushta

  • Armenia’s FM Advocates for Access to Azerbaijan's Railways in Bilateral Connectivity

    The Armenian side hopes that Azerbaijan will show a constructive approach, and the negotiations and meetings will continue. Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan stated this at Wednesday’s joint news conference with his visiting Greek counterpart, George Gerapetritis. Answering the question about Armenia’s negotiation process with Azerbaijan, the Armenian FM noted that the end of 2023 was marked by Baku's refusal to attend such meetings both at the highest level and at the level of foreign ministers and security councils. "At the same time, in a non-constructive atmosphere, we saw constructive steps from Baku; for example, in the matter of the release of captives," the Armenian FM noted, adding that the two parties exchanged proposals for a peace treaty. The latest respective Azerbaijani proposals were received at the end of December, the Armenian side sent its newest proposals on January 4. Mirzoyan confirmed that there is certain regression in terms of content in the Azerbaijani proposals. However, the Armenian FM believes that the important thing is not the regression or the progress at some phase, but the consolidation of the fundamental principles on which the peace treaty should be based. "Those principles have been voiced many times: mutual recognition of territorial integrity without reservations or ambiguities. This is a question that requires maximum clarity. The [peace] agreement should define clear principles on the basis of which the border delimitation process will proceed. That is, this is the principles of territorial integrity, inviolability of the borders, and border delimitation. This is in the priority plan of Armenia," emphasized Mirzoyan. According to him, the lack of clarity is a reason for future escalation of tension and military aggression, whereas the peace agreement should be such that stability cannot be called into question in the future. Another important principle, according to the Armenian FM, is the unblocking of regional economic communications. "Ultimately, peace is not just the absence of gunfire. It is open borders, movement of goods and people. It is hard to call a situation ‘peace’ when Armenia remains under siege [by Azerbaijan]. Unblocking should also take place according to several principles, they are also well-known: sovereignty of countries over communications, equality, and reciprocity. If Azerbaijan has access to Armenian communications and railways, then Armenia also should be able to make use of Azerbaijan's railways," emphasized the Armenian FM. Regarding the negotiations, Mirzoyan noted that, by and large, they have always been direct. But there were mediators who assisted in the holding of these talks, or tried to make suggestions. "We [i.e. Armenia] are interested in continuing the negotiation process. We expect that in the future Baku will agree to continue the meetings and negotiations," the Armenian FM concluded, noting the importance of Greece's proposal to assist this process.

  • Security Alert: US Embassy Advises Caution in Specific Armenian Regions

    Syunik Region (South of Kapan): The southern area of the Syunik region is included in the advisory, advising

  • Freedom Holding Corp Founder Timur Turlov Advocates for Armenia’s Financial Growth

    Formation of favorable investment climate and financial market infrastructure in Armenia were discussed at the first investment and financial forum, “Armenian Capital Markets: Future Outlook.” The event organized by Freedom Broker Armenia in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy brought together representatives from all branches of the financial sector. In his opening remarks Timur Turlov, the founder and head of Freedom Holding Corp, emphasized the significance of developing the capital market in Armenia. He believes that developing the capital market can bring vast opportunities to the country, such as introducing new technologies, attracting investors and building closer integration with the European Union, the United States, Central Asian countries, and the rest of the world. And the issue of trust in the financial system is critical here. “The population’s welfare increases with a higher level of trust in the financial system. Tax collection improves with more public companies, and the economy becomes more active with more private investors. As a large enough investor, we are interested in discussing the current opportunities for capital markets and how we can actively pursue them. Freedom Holding Corp. already has a capital of over a billion dollars. We have many talented employees in Armenia who will be happy to contribute to developing culture, financial literacy, and technology to achieve a more sustainable system and make long-term investments in our development,” said Timur Turlov. The forum’s centerpiece was the plenary session devoted to Armenia’s investment climate and the prospects of capital market development. Deputy Minister of Economy Narek Teryan said the sphere is still underdeveloped in the country. Companies attract money by classical methods, such as loans from banks or through partners. He said that the government and the state must create incentives and conditions for developing capital markets to remedy the situation. Building investor confidence is also important. This is one of the critical factors for attracting financing. “Trust will help increase market transparency, make information about products, terms, and issuers available, and build long-term customer relationships. As a government, we plan to introduce such tools as providing possible guarantees from the state and development institutions, support programs for entering the market of shares or companies that operate in industries and projects promising for the country. We are already implementing some of this. But for balanced development, it is important to ensure that such measures are cross-cutting. We must develop the capital market and gradually shift the focus away from classical fundraising. On top of that, we need to educate the public to explain why it’s safe. But we are only at the beginning of our journey,” Narek Teryan noted. Samvel Khanvelyan, Head of the Public Debt Management Department of the Ministry of Finance, stressed that historically, government bonds have been the locomotive in the capital market. The international bank’s assessment results show that Armenia’s domestic debt market is more developed regarding infrastructure, but there is still room for growth in the secondary market. “But we see a positive trend. While banks were the main recipients of bonds in 2020, this figure has now fallen by 26%, meaning that the participation of other participants has increased. The retail system in Armenia was introduced in 1997 but has been developing since 2017, when we introduced an online platform. It’s certainly a bit inferior to the regular government bond system in terms of volume, but even here, we’re noticing an increase in participation. Starting in March, we will use an improved online trading system. This will enable both residents and non-residents to purchase national securities,” he said. According to Garegin Gevorgyan, Director of the Financial System Stability Directorate at the Central Bank of Armenia, banks have historically dominated the country’s financial system. They will remain so in the near future. “Naturally, changes are necessary for the active development of the capital market. However, we currently present it as a pyramid with trade and open markets as its pyramids. We need to start from the foundation to build a strong institutional system—much to be done in this regard, such as forming a market for the Armenian Dram. The Armenian economy lacks the necessary tools to determine its short-term price, which we consider the main issue. All future actions to develop the capital markets will be based on addressing this problem,” Garegin Gevorgyan said. Hayk Yeganyan, CEO of AMX and chairman of the Management Board, took the floor next. He is confident that for a long time, the market didn’t develop much because it simply lacked the tools, the full chain. At the same time, the republic already has a generally good legislative framework, infrastructure, and a stock exchange with a new collateral program that gives access to final investors through the platform. “We have a large base of potential investors. This is $10 billion, mainly stored in deposits or square meters. There is a liquid base for investments and good potential issuers. There are already many of them, including those that have received credit ratings. But there are no investment bankers or miners. There is not enough of a secondary market due to the lack of broker-dealers. If you fill this void, the one who takes up this case first will get a good head start and a business case. According to our calculations, it is possible to underwrite from $500 million to $1 billion annually,” the speaker shared. Hayk Yeganyan is sure that, at the same time, it is vital to educate the population. For example, he mentioned the work done by Freedom Holding Corp in Kazakhstan, where people started investing in bonds, foreign assets, and the corporate sector. Timur Turlov continued the topic. He confirmed that if retail investors understand that they can save on taxes and get a higher return on their savings, they come to the market. They do it especially actively when these products appear in the banking app, and buying securities becomes as simple as opening a bank deposit. “If we want to see hundreds of thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of residents of Armenia buying securities, we need to do it as simply as banks do. Moreover, full-fledged investment banks should appear to provide people with these banking operations. Attracting retail is not so difficult when you have such players and digital platforms. Companies enter this market when they realize that they can effectively raise capital. And the state benefits from this in the form of taxes and economic growth,” he concluded.

  • Armenia's Ruling Party Advocates for Release of U.S. Tech CEO Amid Corruption Charges

    Lawmakers from Armenia's ruling party, Civil Contract, have taken a stand to appeal for the release of the founder and two associates of a major Armenian software company. Ashot Hovanesian, founder of Synergy International Systems, along with senior executive Lili Mkrian and former colleague Ani Gevorgian, were arrested last week on corruption charges related to an alleged fraudulent procurement tender organized by the Armenian Ministry of Economy. The tender, which took place last summer, was won by Synergy but was subsequently invalidated by an Armenian court. Investigators claim that the Ministry of Economy unlawfully disqualified another IT firm with a lower bid. Last week, four ministry officials were detained, but unlike Hovanesian, Mkrian, and Gevorgian, they were either released or placed under house arrest in the following days. Synergy International Systems, a U.S.-registered company, vehemently rejected the accusations against the detained individuals, demanding their immediate release. The Armenian Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE) also condemned Hovanesian's arrest, expressing concern about the impact of "unfounded" detentions on Armenia's reputation for local and foreign tech entrepreneurs. Hayk Konjorian, leader of the Civil Contract's party parliamentary group, announced on Tuesday that lawmakers decided to petition the court for the release of the Synergy executives pending investigation. He emphasized that the decision was not influenced by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and reflected public reactions to the arrests. Konjorian clarified that the decision also took into account the family circumstances of Gevorgian and Mkrian, both having young children. The arrest of Gevorgian, who is the sister-in-law of parliament speaker Alen Simonyan, has sparked speculation about potential political motives. Some commentators suggest that Pashinyan may have sanctioned the arrest to address falling approval ratings by demonstrating a strong stance against corruption. However, Pashinyan's allies have dismissed those claims.

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