Vahram Ter-Matevosyan is Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia, he is also the Head of the Turkish Department at the Institute for Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He has a Doctoral degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), MA in East and Southeast Asian Studies from Lund University (Sweden). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010) and Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2007). He authored an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001” in 2008 and co-authored “History of Turkish Republic” in 2014. He has published extensively in leading international peer-reviewed journals covering Turkish domestic and foreign policy as well as regional security problems.
When a massive earthquake rocked northern Armenia in 1988, EVN Report’s Vahram Ter-Matevosyan was a fifth grade student in Gyumri. In this personal essay, he recounts his experience of being trapped beneath the ruins of his school for 18 harrowing hours.
Armenia’s president signed a decree on March 1 announcing the controversial Armenian-Turkish protocols null and void. Now that the the protocols are a thing of the past, Vahram Ter-Matevosyan writes that the time has come to draw some lessons from an initiative that was long dead.
Last week, Gyumri was in the national spotlight because of strikes and student demonstrations. At the heart of the matter was the Shirak State University, the rector and the merging of politics and education.