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Asbed Kotchikian
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Student of history, politics and human nature. Love astronomy. Travel junkie & wanderluster. Cynically veiled idealist.
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Associate Professor
College of Humanities and Social Sciences/Political Science and International Affairs
+374 60 61 26 73

Office: ​PAB 135W
Office Hours: Varies by semester

General Research Interests: Foreign policy making, diasporas, small states in the international system, terrorism, governments and politics in the Middle East and Eurasia.

My view: (Please briefly describe your view on the three concepts below)

It's about learning, not studying!
Have an open and inquisitive mind, listen to others and work collaboratively when possible to pursue knoweldge
No idea can resonate if left within the confines of the academic ivory tower. It is imperative to reach out and connect with policy makers, thinking people and with society at large to collectively infuse new ideas, develop policies and put society on stronger foundations

Short Bio:

Asbed Kotchikian joined AUA after a twelve-year of teaching at the Global Studies Department at Bentley University. Before joining Bentley University he was the Assistant Director of International Affairs Program and assistant professor of Political Science at Florida State University. Between 2000 and 2002, Dr. Kotchikian was a visiting professor in Armenia teaching at Yerevan State University, Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences and the Gyumri branch of Armenian State University of Economics. For nine years (2008-17) he was the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Armenian Review journal. Between 2011 and 2019 Dr. Kotchikian was the academic coordinator of Armenia Higher Education Initiative (AHEI) which organized summer courses in social sciences and humanities methodology retraining for graduate students in Armenia focusing on students from universities outside of Yerevan. During the last 20 years, Dr. Kotchikian has traveled extensively in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey) and former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, The Baltics, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine). He has written, lectured, presented, and organized conferences on foreign policies of small and weak states, questions of identity and diasporas, and regional developments in the Middle East and Eurasia. In recent years his research on minorities has taken him to Iraq (Kurdistan in 2015) and Syria (2014 and 2019). Apart from his academic/scholarly research, he is also a freelance consultant on de-radicalization, civil society and judicial reforms working with organizations such as Council of Europe and the European Union on projects in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine. Dr. Kotchikian received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the American University of Beirut (AUB) after which he continued his graduate studies at Boston University obtaining his PhD in 2008 (with a dissertation work on the foreign policy of small states focusing on Georgia and Armenia).


The Dialectics of Small States: Foreign Policy Making in Armenia and Georgia (VDM Verlag: Germany), 2008.
Book Chapters“Rule of Law and “Good Enough” Governance in Armenia: Between Theory and Praxis” in 30 Years Looking Back: State-Building, Rule of Law and Human Rights in The Post-Soviet Space. Routledge Studies in Human Rights. Forthcoming August 2021.
“(de)Evolution of Armenia(n) Lobby Groups in the US: A critical Snapshot.” In Guidelines of the Republic of Armenia-Diaspora Dialogue Strategy, ed. Hayk Kotanjian, 213-225. Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Defense, working paper series, no.s 1-2, 2010.
“Between (home)Land and (host)Land: Armenians in Lebanon and the Republic of Armenia.” In From Past Princesses and Refugees to Present –Day Community, ed. Aida Boudjikanian, 463-476. Belmont, MA: Armenian Heritage Press, 2009.
“Armenia: Hostage to Geopolitics and History.” In The Caucasus Region in International Relations [Region Kaukazu w stosunkach międzynarodowych], eds. Krzysztof Iwańczuk and Tomasz Kapuśniak, 49- 68. Lublin, Poland: UMCS, wydawnictwo uniwesytetu marii curieskłodowskiej, 2008.
 “Secular Nationalism versus Political Islam in Azerbaijan.” In Unmasking Terror, ed. Christopher Heffelfinger, 386-390. Washington, DC: The Jamestown Foundation, 2005.
Journal Articles“American Investments in Post-Mubarak Egypt,” Turkish Policy Quarterly 11, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 115-125.
“Is the Party Over? Limits and Opportunities of Civil Society in Armenia and Georgia,” Caucasus International 2, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 57-64.
“The Impo(r)tance of Public Opinion: Analysis of Public Surveys in Armenia,” Special issue of Armenian Journal of Public Policy. January 2008.
“The Perceived Roles of Russia and Turkey in the Georgian Foreign Policy,” Insight Turkey 6, no. 2 (April-June, 2004): 33-44.
“Georgian-Armenian Relations: Between Old and New,” Central Asia and the Caucasus, no. 24 (November/December, 2003): 129-136.

Articles in Newspaper & Online Publications (partial listing)“Armenia Elections: Democracy and security on the ballot.” al-Jazeera Network. June 15, 2021.
“Can Russia Steer the Endgame in Nagorno-Karabakh to Its Advantage?” World Politics Review. October 20, 2020.
Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Precipitates a New Regional Order.” al-Jazeera Network. October 10, 2020.
“COVID-19 is a litmus test for the rule of law in Armenia.” openDemocracy. September 25, 2021.
“The Forgotten Armenians of Iraqi Kurdistan.” AGBU News Magazine, February 2016.
“A Fateful Triangle: the United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in Yemen.” ISN Security Watch, May 29, 2015.
“Armenia, Turkey: Soul Searching.” ISN Security Watch, October 13, 2009.
“Keeping Georgia on Our Mind.” WhirledView, September 10, 2009.
“Turkey-Armenia Detente, A Hard Sell.” ISN Security Watch, September 2, 2009.
“South Ossetia: The Violent Thaw.” ISN Security Watch, August 11, 2008.