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David Akopyan

About David Akopyan

David Akopyan is a native Armenian who has spent the last 20 years of his career as a development practitioner. He is now Chief of Operations at UNDP in Somalia. Previously, he worked in Afghanistan, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. He started his U.N. career as national officer and then Assistant Resident Representative with UNDP in Armenia. In 1991-1993 he was Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Business Research and Development at the American University of Armenia. He holds an MBA from American University of Armenia and a Ph.D. from Yerevan State University in laser physics as well as a M.A. in theoretical physics.

Europe Needs To Be More Proactive In Embracing Armenia

Armenia, located at the crossroads between Asia and Europe, has often been a victim of centrifugal forces from the centres of gravity it is surrounded by. Roman and Persian armies frequently met on Armenian highlands in fierce battles already in the first centuries of the new era. Having had one of the most tragic pages in the nation’s history in 1915 when almost 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by Ottomans, Armenia was left with no choice but to join the emerging new Russian-led empire of the 20th century — the Soviet Union. Continue reading Europe Needs To Be More Proactive In Embracing Armenia