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Hrach Gregorian

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Hrach Gregorian is President of the Washington D.C.-based research organization, the Institute of World Affairs (IWA). He is Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Conflict Management, Royal Roads University; Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary; Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University; Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria; and Senior Fellow, Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute. For over three decades Gregorian has been active in deep cultural and risk analysis in fragile states, with field experience in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and East Asia. Gregorian served as one of the founding directors of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He developed the Institute’s first professional training program in conflict analysis and negotiation. The course was offered to senior members of the US State Department, USIA, Voice of America, and USAID. A similar course was developed for foreign affairs officials in Angola, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Thailand. Under the auspices of the Canadian Defence Academy, Gregorian has provided instruction on CIMIC to Balkan civilian and military staff. Gregorian’s work on stability and peace operations in fragile states has taken him to twenty-five plus countries. For the May 2010 meeting in Gatineau of G8 Senior Officials, he prepared and presented the analytical paper on effectiveness and coherence of G8 security sector capacity building efforts in vulnerable states. His current publications have focused on interagency coordination in peace operations, capacity-building in fragile states, and energy and conflict. Gregorian’s op-ed pieces have appeared in U.S. and Canadian newspapers. He has made presentations before professional societies, academic institutions, government agencies, and on television and radio. He has been awarded research and applied project grants by foundations and government agencies in the North America and Europe. He is the recipient of American University’s Capital Area Peacemaker Award, and a Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award. He sits on various boards. Gregorian earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Brandeis University, and his B.A. at Boston University. He and his wife of 38 years, Judith Lynn (Kramer), reside in Vienna, Virginia and are the parents of three grown children.
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