The first course of educational project NATO and regional security issues was summarized in YSU Hall after Palyans today. The certificates of participation were handed over by British Ambassador Charles Lonsdale during the closing ceremony.
The course, initiated by National Center for Young Researchers NGO (OSCE), was conducted by NATO Public Diplomacy Department Headquarters and the British Embassy in Armenia. In the framework of the course a new subject was studied by part of the sophomores of Chair of Political Science of YSU Faculty of International Relations.
British Ambassador Charles Lonsdale delivered a lecture before the prize giving ceremony started. The Ambassador highlighted the fact that students had been studying NATO during a very interesting period, culminating in the Lisbon Summit and agreement of its new Strategic Concept.
New Strategic Concept confirms once again the fact that our doors are open to those countries which want to deepen cooperation and even join NATO. Here it is important what the state expects from the cooperation that what kind of intentions it has. Every country should decide for itself how fast and in what format it is going to develop its relations with NATO, and as other states, Armenia must decide how to this cooperation will deal with other security blocks. NATO-Armenia relations show very well that cooperation with NATO is not an excluding one, - noted in his speech Charles Lonsdale.
NATO is now in the basis of one of the vectors of multi-vector foreign policy of Armenia and the student studying at the Faculty of International Relations should have proper knowledge on NATO. NATO is also partly observed in the framework of subjects, studied at the faculty, but this course aims to focus on Armenias foreign and the Euro-Atlantic security policy pole. South Caucasus-Armenia-NATO relations must be discussed form the aspect of different perspectives, as well as possible scenarios of cooperation and role of NATO in the region as a peace-maker,- said course instructor Alain Ghevondyan.
Each of the students had made a research work in the area of topic, chosen in advance. Three best works were chosen jointly by Yerevan State University lecturer, British Embassy in Armenia and OSCE representatives: Lusine Mkrtchyan (3rd place), Karen Simonyan (2nd place) and Aram Terzyan (1st place). The winners were also handed over books as symbolic gifts.
1st year master students had also attended the course as free listeners. Alain Ghevondyan informed that the course has got a continuous character. Charles Lonsdale has already approved the willingness on future cooperation between the British Embassy and the Faculty of International Relations.