Updated: Jul 26, 2021
By Elen Yeranosyan
Armenian Assembly of America Intern
This week the Armenian Assembly of America Terjenian-Thomas Summer Interns had the opportunity to meet Mr. Hrachia Tashchian, Armenia’s Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States. Born and raised in Armenia, Mr. Tashchian originally studied engineering before switching to governmental studies after the fall of the Soviet Union. He began his career in government in 1994, working his way up before becoming a diplomat for the Republic of Armenia.
During the meeting, Mr. Tashchian introduced himself and spoke briefly about his responsibilities as Deputy Chief of Mission before engaging the students in a robust discussion. Topics ranged from Armenian foreign affairs, to how Armenia can grow and become a prosperous Nation. As Armenian Americans, it is crucial for us to know the challenges and problems our homeland is facing so one day we can help overcome those obstacles. Afterwards, Mr. Tashchian was kind enough to give the interns a tour of the beautiful Armenian Embassy. The Embassy was filled with many elegant Armenian rugs and historic artifacts dating back to the 1800s. The building itself may look small from the outside but it’s beautiful and breathtaking on the inside, just like Armenia.
Elen Yeranosyan is a participant in the Armenian Assembly of America’s Terjenian-Thomas Summer Internship Program in Washington, DC in the office of Congressman David Joyce (R-OH). Elen is a junior studying Political Science and Business Management at Case Western Reserve University.