Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Armenia has a rich history that translates into a complex geopolitical position. Long-simmering conflicts and tense relations with neighbors in the heart of the South Caucasus historically characterize Armenia’s challenges and involve U.S. national security interests. At this Director’s Lecture Series event, His Excellency Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia, discussed Armenia’s foreign policy and the regional situation in the Caucasus.
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His Excellency Edward Nalbandian
Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia
His Excellency Edward Nalbandian is the foreign minister of the Republic of Armenia. Nalbandian began his diplomatic career in 1978 at the USSR Embassy in Lebanon, later serving as a senior diplomat in the Foreign Ministry of the Soviet Union. In 1992, he joined the diplomatic service of the newly independent Armenia as charge d'affaires and later ambassador to Egypt. Following his tenure in Egypt, he served as Armenia’s ambassador to Morocco and Oman.
In 1999, Nalbandian was appointed Armenia’s ambassador to France, serving for almost a decade as relations between the two countries flourished. Nalbandian also served as nonresident ambassador to Israel, the Vatican and Andorra, and was the personal representative of the president of Armenia to the International Organisation of la Francophonie.
Nalbandian has received several awards during his diplomatic career, including Armenia’s Medal of Mkhitar Gosh and first- and second-grade Medals of Service to the Motherland; Grand Officier and Commandeur de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur of France; Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great of the Holy See; and the USSR’s Order of Friendship of Nations, among others.
11:30 am — Lunch
Noon — Presentation