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Armen Baibourtian

Armen Baibourtian

Professional Title: 

Senior Advisor on Armenia, United Nations



Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ph.D., Yerevan State University


Ambassador Armen Baibourtian is a visiting professor coming to UMass from the realm of the United Nations diplomacy and international development. He was the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia from 2008 to 2013. He twice served as the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister between 1997 and 2000 and from 2004 until 2008 with portfolios in International Organizations, America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Legal Issues. He was the Co-chairman of the Security Dialogue with the USA between 1998 and 1999. In the capacity of Chief Negotiator with the European Union, he led negotiations with the European Commission on the European Neighborhood Policy in 2005 - 2006. Dr. Baibourtian was Armenia's first Consul General in Los Angeles from 1995 until 1997 and later as its first Ambassador to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia from 2000 until 2004. He also worked as Deputy Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN in New York where he focused on international security and conflict resolution issues. 

My teaching and research interests are focused on Eurasia and include the relationship between domestic and foreign policy, geopolitics versus geo-economics, regional security, foreign policy analysis, the United Nations system and its impact on regional and global affairs, peace and conflicts.

Current Projects: 
My current research focuses on the analysis of regional integration. With my extensive background in international diplomacy, I have a particular interest in devising scenario-based approaches in foreign affairs and outlining the techniques of translating theory into policy.


  • Political Science