Washington, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) congratulates Ambassador Nina Hachigian, who serves as the City of Los Angeles' Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, on her recent appointment to the U.S. Department of Defense Policy Board. Other members of the board include Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger.
A diplomat and politician who is the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hachigian has led a prolific career tha
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) meets with former Azerbaijan Ambassador to the U.S., Elin Suleymanov, in 2013. Washington, D.C. - The FBI raided Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and Laredo district office earlier this week as part of a DC-based federal grand jury investigation relating to Azerbaijan and a number of U.S. businessmen, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).
"The Assembly thanks the FBI for its investigation into Azerbaijan's ongoing an
Washington, D.C. - Today marks the 15th anniversary of journalist, intellectual, and human rights advocate Hrant Dink's assassination. The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) commemorates his meaningful life and impactful advocacy work, and remembers him as a champion of human rights, freedom of speech, equality, and democracy.
As Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual Armenian-Turkish weekly newspaper Agos, which is published in Istanbul, Dink was tried for "denigrating Turk
Washington, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America's application deadline for its 2022 Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C., and the Assembly's Yerevan Internship Program in Yerevan, Armenia, is fast approaching on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Barring COVID-19 restrictions, both programs are on track to resume in June 2022. The influential internship programs in Washington, D.C. and Yerevan provide college students of Armenian descent an oppo
New York City - The Armenian Assembly of America's "Sip & Shop" social event featuring Armenian-owned small businesses will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2021, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at The Gem Saloon, located at 375 Third Avenue (at 27th St.) in New York City, in a private reserved space. Please note the venue checks for vaccination cards and admission is complimentary, though registration is encouraged to reserve a spot. Socialize and shop with friends during the h
Washington, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America is extending the application deadline for its 2022 Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C., to January 10, 2022. Applications to the Assembly's Yerevan Internship Program in Armenia will be accepted through January 10, 2022, as well.
Both internship programs provide college students of Armenian descent an opportunity to experience the two nations' capitals, and take part in a full schedule of
L-R: Armenian Assembly of America Executive Director Bryan Ardouny, Armenian Assembly of America Congressional Relations Director Mariam Khaloyan, His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Armenian National Institute Director Rouben Adalian Washington, D.C. - On Sunday, December 12, Armenian Assembly of America representatives attended St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church's 89th Anniversary, where the 50th year of the priestly ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazia
Washington, D.C. - The George Washington University Law School recently appointed Assembly Board Member and intern alumnus Aram A. Gavoor as its Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
A senior Department of Justice attorney with years of trial and appellate experience and public law policy expertise, Gavoor also teaches Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, and other courses at The George Washington University Law School, where he received the school's Distinguished Adjunct Facu
Washington, D.C. - Youth from Armenia and Artsakh described their lives today during a special webinar discussion hosted by the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) on December 10, 2021, moderated by the Assembly's Regional Director in Armenia Arpi Vartanian.
The purpose of the panel was to give the Armenian youth a voice, and an opportunity to share their thoughts about the current realities they face on a daily basis since the 44-day war launched on Artsakh last Fall. T
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) welcomed language in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calling for the immediate "release of all prisoners of war and captured civilians" unlawfully held by Azerbaijan. The Bill requires a report regarding last Fall's war against the Armenian people launched by Azerbaijan with the full support of Turkey. The report must include: (1) "an assessment of the use
Washington, D.C. - Senator Bob Dole, an influential leader of the Republican Party who represented the State of Kansas in the House and the Senate for three decades, and a champion of human rights who paved the way for U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) reported.
"Senator Dole played an enormous role in the lives of all Armenians, and we are grateful for his continuous efforts throug
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America's GivingTuesday media panel, "Breaking Through the Noise: How to Amplify Armenia and Artsakh Through Mainstream and Social Media," featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Kurkjian, communications strategist Stephan Pechdimaldji, and social media manager Vivian Zohrabian. The special event, which took place virtually on Tuesday evening, November 30, 2021, was moderated by Assembly Communications Director Taleen Bab
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America's virtual panel event, "Breaking Through the Noise: How to Amplify Armenia and Artsakh Through Mainstream and Social Media," will coincide with the worldwide Giving Tuesday movement. The panel features Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Kurkjian, communications strategist Stephan Pechdimaldji, and social media manager Vivian Zohrabian and will take place on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST. In light of the 44
Washington, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) has been in touch with Congressional leaders and Biden Administration officials following Azerbaijan’s recent full-scale attack upon Armenia’s southern regions. Support for legislative and Administration application of Section 907 sanctions and other measures against Azerbaijan to re-assert United States credibility and save lives is growing, for which the Assembly is grateful. Further, the continuing role of NATO
Washington, D.C. - A recent report titled "Turkey's Lobby in the United States" exposing Turkey's undue and surreptitious attempts to influence U.S. policy through Congress, the mainstream media and think tanks was released by The Center for International Policy (CIP), reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).
The 30-page report by the CIP, an independent, non-profit center dedicated to realizing a "peaceful, just and sustainable world as the central pursuit of U
Washington, D.C. - A panel discussion titled "One Year After the Russian-Brokered Ceasefire Agreement on Artsakh," featuring Artsak Beglaryan, State Minister of the Republic of Artsakh, will take place today, Wednesday, November 10 at 12:00 PM (EST), in an event hosted by The Program on Peace-building & Human Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Armenian Students Association.
To register for this hybrid event, which will be held in
Washington, D.C. - On the anniversary of the November 9, 2020 ceasefire, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) solemnly marks the loss of innocent lives and the genocidal campaign waged against the Armenian people by the Aliyev and Erdogan regimes of Azerbaijan and Turkey. This war is the continuation of their genocidal plan to eliminate the Armenians. The continuing violations of the November 9 ceasefire cannot be allowed to stand. Only the introduction of Russian peac
Washington, D.C. - Three key amendments that hold Azerbaijan and Turkey accountable for launching the war last Fall against Artsakh in violation of existing cease-fire agreements and promises of negotiating a peaceful resolution under the auspices of the OSCE, were submitted for consideration as part of the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (H.R. 4350), reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly). The amendments also assess
Artsakh State Minister Artak Beglaryan, center, with representatives of southern California-based Assembly regional councils WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) delegation, led by Co-Chair of the national Board of Trustees Anthony Barsamian, which included Executive Director Bryan Ardouny, Development and Membership Director Mary Jo Bazarian Murray, and Western Region Director Mihran Toumajan, held numerous productive meetings and engagements with As
Washington, D.C. - The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) welcomed the efforts of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) hearing this week titled, "Targeted Sanctions: Implications for International Religious Freedom," of which the Assembly submitted a statement for the record.
The hearing focused on how the U.S. government can advance international religious freedom through targeted sanctions, via the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accounta