LINKS inclusive approach to resolution of Karabakh conflict reflected at Oxford Conference.

The report of the Conference “The impact of international and regional developments on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process” which was held at Oxford University on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 has just been released. The meeting was organized by the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC) at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and LINKS (Dialogue-Analysis-Research). It took…

LINKS Director addresses European security issues in keynote speech at NATO PA Baku Seminar.

LINKS Executive Director, Dennis Sammut was the keynote speaker at the 86th Rose-Roth Seminar organised by  the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Azerbaijani capital Baku from 16-18 June 2014. in his speech Dennis Sammut addressed key issues in European security and particularly the impact of the crisis in Ukraine on European security, and more specifically…

Ninety Nine years later!

The events in Eastern Anatolia in 1915 are a blot on 20th century world history. The massacre of hundreds of thousands of civilians, most of them Armenians, in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire, has left a huge scar that has never been healed. As the world marks the 99th anniversary of these events,…

Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation – The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations”

The European Policy Centre, a leading Brussels think-tank, has just published a policy brief prepared by LINKS Director, Dennis Sammut. Entitled “Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation – The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations”, the paper looks at shortcomings that need to be addressed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as they…

LINKS Director lectures at the Armenian Community centre in Sharjah “In moving forward Armenia must learn from history, but must not be a prisoner of history.”

LINKS Executive Director Dennis Sammut, on Friday, 21 December was the guest of the Armenian Community of Dubai and the Northern Emirates at an event held at the Armenian Community Centre in the Emirate of Sharjah (UAE). After touring the complex which includes a Church and a school, and meeting the spiritual head of the Community,…

Images of Vandazor. Georgy Tovmasyan’s paintings and life remembered.

Menua Mkrtchyan helped set up the Georgy Tovmasyan Foundation to remember the work of his late grandfather. Tovmasyan, who died last April, was Mkrtchyan’s maternal grandfather. During his life Tovmasyan painted hundreds works of art, many of which depict Mkrtchyan’s hometown in Armenia, Vandazor. “The main purpose of the foundation is to remember him”, Mkrtchyan tells me, but the…

From Yerevan to Buckingham Palace. Interview with Sergey Smbatian, the young, workaholic Armenian, who set up the State Youth Orchestra.

He is young, talented and extremely focused. Sergey Smbatian has gone from leading the Armenian State Youth Orchestra to conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Buckingham Palace. Nicholas Maltby caught up with him and asked him about his music career and future plans. You are living in both London and Yerevan whilst you are with the Royal Academy. Do you…