THE ARARAT-ESKIJIAN MUSEUM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ARMENIAN STUDIES AND RESEARCH CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION LECTURE SERIES ON CONTEMPORARY ARMENIAN ISSUES PRESENT THE END OF THE THIRD REPUBLIC? OR, WHAT TO EXPECT FOR ARMENIA’S FUTURE by Dr. Hayk Demoyan Director, Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan Sunday, October 23, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Ararat-Eskijian Museum—Sheen Chapel 15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA 91345 The current situation and recent developments in Armenia show that the country has entered into a new and turbulent period of its history. Internal disturbances and limitations in the realm of foreign policy have brought new challenges for the 25-year-old former Soviet republic. The independence for which the current generation paid a high price of social hardships and endured the Karabakh War now faces fresh challenges and threats. The role of the Diaspora in shaping ongoing developments is still unclear since neither Armenia itself nor the Diaspora have developed clear-cut formulas for cooperation and the merging of interests. The evident crises in political, economic, cultural, and ideological spheres, together with continuing emigration and civil unrest, indicate that Armenia is at the threshold of developments which could result either in new political disorders or offer opportunities for innovative state-building strategies. The appearance of a new generation of decision makers in a political arena and business could present an alternative to overcome the existing crises which clearly endanger the very essence of the statehood. Dr. Hayk Demoyan is the Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, a position he has held since 2006. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Secretary of the State Commission on Coordination of the events dedicated to the com-memoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Demoyan is the author of twelve books, including The Armenian Genocide: Front Page Coverage in the World Media (2014, in Armenian, English, Russian, and French), Foreign Policy of Turkey and Karabakh Conflict (2013, in Russian), Armenian Sport and Gymnastics in the Ottoman Empire (2009, in Armenian), and Western Media Coverage of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict in 1988-1990 (2008, in English), as well as some 40 academic articles. Admission free (donations appreciated). For more information about this program, contact Ararat-Eskijian Museum at (747) 500-7585 or Ararat-eskijian-museum@netzero.net, or NAASR at (617) 489-1610 or hq@naasr.org.