I was born in Yerevan, Armenia to a diasporan repatriate family, in the final years of the Soviet Union. Growing up in the troubled South Caucasus in post-Soviet years, and then studying in conflict-ridden areas such as Cyprus and the Balkans, I was always well aware of the repercussions international affairs, conflicts and underdevelopment could have on the day-to-day lives of people. Also, having lived in very multi-cultural and diverse environments, I came to realize that perceptions, stereotypes and attitudes often lie at the core of many of these problems, which could be addressed through communication. I believe this explains my fascination with politics and international communication.
Everything in the world is interconnected. Compartmentalizing and separating issues, particularly in our increasingly globalizing world, not only results in an incomplete picture, but also in inadequate responses. Academics should especially keep this in mind and utilize more holistic analytical approaches: something that can only be done utilizing multiple methods and disciplinary perspectives. SIS is one of the best schools equipped to provide this training, since it offers its students the opportunity to excel in interdisciplinary topics and approaches. The learning environment is always supportive, yet challenging and stimulating. The location also provides direct and immediate access to many of the major government bodies, international organizations, archives, think-tanks, and NGOs, helping students do a substantial part of their research without ever needing to leave town.
M.A. International Communication, School of International Service, American University
B.A. International Relations; Journalism, American University in Bulgaria
Institute on Political Journalism, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (Summer 2008)
American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, Georgetown University/Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (Summer 2007)
Public and Cultural Diplomacy, Soft Power, International Communication, New/Digital Media & IR, Russian foreign policy, Eurasia