RAFFI K. HOVANNISIAN
Armenian Center for National and International Studies
Chairman and Member of Parliament, Heritage Party
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Armenia
Fresno, California 1959.
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. awarded in 1985); The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (M.A.L.D. awarded in 1982; fields of specialization included International Law, Diplomatic History and Foreign Policies of Communist Countries, Civilization and World Affairs); University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles (B.A., summa cum laude, awarded in 1980 in History and Near Eastern Studies; Justin Turner Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis).
MP and Chairman, Heritage Party (2007-present); Founding Director, Armenian Center for National and International Studies, Yerevan (1993-present); Executive Chairman, "Hayastan" All-Armenian Fund (1998); Chief, Department of Information and Publications, Republic of Armenia (March-April 1998); Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Armenia (1991-1992); Project Director, Armenian Assembly of America Earthquake Relief (1990-1991); Founder and Director, Armenian Bar Association (1989-1990); International Lawyer and Civil Litigator in the firms of Hill, Farrer and Burrill, Whitman & Ransom, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, and Coudert Brothers (1985-1989); Lecturer of Armenian History, Tufts University (1981-1982).
Treatises, monographs, essays, and articles have appeared extensively in Armenian, Russian, American, European, and Middle Eastern publications.
Married, five children.
Independent Armenia's first foreign minister; gained entry for Armenia into the United Nations, CSCE, and other international organizations; established diplomatic relations with more than 100 countries; laid foundations for the Karabagh peace process.