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RUBEN SAFRASTYAN

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CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITIONS:
Since 2006: Director of Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
Since 1998: Head of Department of Turkish Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

CURRENT TEACHING POSITIONS:
Since 2011: Professor, Armenian Pedagogical University after Kh. Abovyan, Yerevan, Armenia
MA Courses:
1. Genocides and Modern International Organizations
2. The Mechanisms of Formation of Turkish Statehood
Since 2008: Professor, Institute of Oriental Studies and Institute of History, Armenian National Academy of Sciences
Yerevan, Armenia
MA Courses:
1. Regional Geopolitics: Introduction
2. Globalization: Political Aspects
Since 2007: Professor, Yerevan State University
Yerevan, Armenia
MA Courses:
1. Methodology and History Turkish Studies
2. Regional Policy of Turkey
3. Theory of Genocidal Studies: Introduction

FOUNDING EDITORIAL POSITIONS:
Since 2012: Founding Editor, Contemporary Eurasia, Academic Periodical, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
Since 2002: Founding Editor and Head of Editorial Board, Turkic and Ottoman Studies, Yearbook, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

CURRENT INTERNATIONAL POSITIONS (HONORARY):
Since 2015: Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Research and Humanities Studies, international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal in Arabic and English languages, San Francisco, USA
Since 2015: Member of Editorial Board, Russia and new States of Eurasia, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Since 2013: Member of Editorial Board, Asiatiсa: Studies in Philosophy and Culture of Orient, Saint Petersburg University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Since 2013: Member of Editorial Board, Sociology and Anthropology: International Peer-Reviewed Journal, Horizon Research Publishing, Alhambra, USA
Since 2013: Senior Analyst, Wikistrat Inc, Washington, D.C., USA
Since 2012: Senior Fellow, New Westminster College, Vancouver, Canada

CURRENT LOCAL EDITORIAL POSITIONS:
Since 2013: Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Armenian Studies: International Review of Armenian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of RA, Yerevan, Armenia
Since 2013: Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Genocide Studies, Armenian Genocide Museum Institute, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
Since 2009: Member of Editorial Board, Vem, All-Armenian Journal, Yerevan, Armenia
Since 2007: Head of Editorial Board, Countries and Peoples of the Near and Middle East, Yearbook, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

CURRENT PUBLIC ACTIVITIES:
Since 2009: Member of Public Council of Republic of Armenia, Chairman of
Commission of Religion, Diaspora, and International Integration

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP (INTERNATIONAL):
Fulbright Association
German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO)

LOCAL SCIENTIFIC MEMBERSHIP:
Chairman of Scientific Council, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences
Chairman of Scientific Council for conferring Scientific Degrees in the field of World History, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences
Scientific Council, Institute History, Armenian National Academy of Sciences
Scientific Council, Armenian Pedagogical University after Kh. Abovyan

ACADEMIC DEGREES AND TITLES:
2014: Academician - Full Member (Oriental Studies) of Armenian National Academy of Sciences), Yerevan, Armenia
2010: Corresponding Member (Oriental Studies) of Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
2009: Doctor of Sciences (History), Supreme Certifying Commission of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
2007: Professor of History, Supreme Certifying Commission of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
1992: Assoc. Professor (Docent) of Middle and Near East History, State Committee of USSR of Higher Education, Moscow, Russia
1983: Ph.D., History, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

EDUCATION & TRAINING:
1999: German Study Program (High Level), Goethe-Institute, Gottingen, Germany
1978 - 1980: Post-Graduate Program (Aspirantura) on World History and History of Turkey, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
1972 - 1977: Higher Education – University Diploma on Turkish Studies and Armenian Studies, Yerevan State University, Department of Oriental Studies, Yerevan, Armenia

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Government Service:
1992 - 1996: Deputy Director, Department of Political Analysis, Office of the President of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia
1991 - 1992: Senior Expert on International Relations, Department of Political Analysis and Information, Supreme Soviet of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Diplomatic Service:
1996 - 1997: Counselor of the Embassy, Embassy of Armenia in Germany, Bonn, Germany

International Academic Positions:
2001 –2002: Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar, Institute of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
1999 - 2000: G. Foster Visiting Fellow (A. von Humboldt Foundation), Institute of East European Studies, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany

Local Academic Positions:
1991 - 1998: Director of Research Program on Modern Turkey, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
1988 - 1991: Deputy Director, Department of Armenian Diaspora Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia
1981 - 1988: Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

Teaching Positions:
2004 – 2008: Professor, Department of History and International Relations, “Hrachya Acharyan” Private University, Yerevan, Armenia
Courses: Regional Policy of Turkey, History of Armenian-Turkish Relations
1983 - 1992: Senior Lecturer, Associated Professor (Docent), Chair of Humanities, State Institute of Fine Arts and Theatre, Yerevan, Armenia,
Course: World History
1986 - 1987: Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Armenian State Pedagogical Institute, Yerevan, Armenia,
Courses: World Modern and Contemporary History and History of Turkey
1986 - 2007: Senior Lecturer, Associated Professor (Docent), Department of Oriental Studies, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia,
Courses: Introduction to Ottoman Studies, Introduction to Genocide Studies, History of Ottoman and Turkish Studies, Regional Policy of Turkey, Ottoman and Turkish Historiography, History of Ottoman Empire, Political Parties in Modern and Contemporary Turkey, History of Turkish Political Thought, History of Political Modernization of the Ottoman Empire

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
2003 – 2004: International Policy Fellowship (CEU - OSI, Hungary)
Research Project: Armenian-Turkish Relations: From Interstate Dispute to Neighborliness
2001 – 2002: Fulbright Senior Scholarship (USA)
Research Project: “Between Historical Memory and Geopolitics: Armenian-Turkish Relations, 1991-2001”
1999 - 2000: G. Foster Fellowship, A. von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) Research Project: "The Process of Political Modernization of the Ottoman Empire: Ethnical-Confessional Aspects (19th Century)"

SUPERVISION ON DEFENDED PhD DISSERTATIONS:
2000: The Political System of Turkey in 1920-1930s
2005: The Repercussion of the Armenian Genocide in the Official Turkish Historiography (1923-1970)
2005: The Factor of the Armenian Genocide in the Armenian-Turkish Relations (1991-2004)
2005: Devshirme in Ottoman Empire
2007: The 1980 Military coup d'état in Turkey: The Causes, the Progression and the repercussions
2008: The Regional Policy of Turkey (1991-2001)
2011: The Alevi Problem in Republican Turkey
2011: The Policy of Turkey in Central Asia in the End of 20th – Beginning of 21st C.
2012: The Development of Turkey-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Relations in the End of the 20th and the Beginning of the 21st Century
2012: The Process of Modernization of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Turkey from the Turn of 20th to the Beginning of 21st Centuries

PUBLICATIONS:
6 authorized books, 4 textbooks, approx. over 170 papers and articles, regular interviews to local and international mass media, authorized TV documentary serial presentation

RESEARCH IN ARCHIVES ABROAD:
Moscow, Russia: Archives of the Foreign Policy of Russian Empire, Central State Archives of Military History, Central State Archives of the October Revolution and Supreme Government Bodies
Sofia, Bulgaria: Centre International d'Information sur les Sources de l'histoire balkanique et méditerranéenne

FIELD RESEARCH ON ARMENIAN DIASPORA COMMUNITIES:
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, USA

LANGUAGES:
Armenian (native), Bulgarian, English (active), French, German (active), Russian (active), and Turkish (active)

ARMENIAN STATE AWARDS:
2013: “Certificate of honor”, National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
2010: Medal “Garegin Njdeh”, Ministry of Defense
2008: Presidential Medal “Movses Khorenatsi” for achievements in the field of Social Sciences

PUBLIC HONOR
2009: Scientist of Year, “Iravunk” weekly

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES:
2003: Participating in the general election campaign in Armenia as leading MP
Candidate from Christian-Democratic Union of Armenia

ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION FROM OSCE/ODIHR:
2011: Kazakhstan – Presidential Election
2012: Kazakhstan – Parliamentarian Election
2012: Russian Federation - Presidential Election

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Marital status: Married to Lilit Safrastyan, PhD, (Associated Professor at Department of Oriental Studies, Yerevan State University and State University of Foreign Languages, Specialist on Modern Persian and World Literature), with two boys (Aram, 19 and Arthur, 13)
Nationality: Armenia
Date of Birth: 5 October 1955
Place of Birth: Yerevan, Armenia
Postal Address: Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences, 24/4 Marshal Baghramyan Ave., 0019, Yerevan, Armenia (office)
E-mail Address: rsafrastyan@sci.am
ruben.safrastyan@fulbrightmail.org
Facebook Address: http://facebook.com/ruben.safrastyan
Twitter Address: https://twitter.com/Safrastyan
Linkedin Address: www.linkedin.com/pub/prof-dr-ruben-safrastyan/3/5b8/72/

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+374-94-94-19-55 (mobile)
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