Armenia – COI

Dr Ohannes Geukjian


Dr Ohannes Geukjian is a Lebanese citizen of Armenian descent. He received his PhD in 2005 from the Department of Peace Studies in Bradford University UK and wrote his dissertation on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Ethno-Territorial Conflict in the South Caucasus. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Conflict Resolution at the American University of Beirut. He has also taught Human Rights at the Lebanese American University for many years. He conducted field work in Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) and Armenia. His main focus of research is on Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He has published several articles on the South Caucasus particularly Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He has particular expertise in the areas of ethnicity, identity, nation, socio-economic discrimination and human rights. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the situation on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh. He speaks Armenian, Arabic, as well as English.

Dr Dickran Kouymjian


Phone: +1 (559) 278-2669

Dickran Kouymjian holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in Armenian Studies from Columbia University’s Department of Near & Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. Since 1988 he has served as the first incumbent of the Haig & Isabel Berberian Endowed Chair of Armenian Studies at Fresno State. He has been teaching for over 40 years at numerous institutions. He is a  member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences in Erevan.  He has taught a wide range of subjects: Armenian, Islamic, Classical, and Byzantine history and art, Western and Oriental humanities, film, genocide, and Saroyan studies. In all these fields, Professor Kouymjian has published regularly with a dozen  books  and some 100 academic articles to his credit. He has also presented scholarly papers at more than 80 national and international conferences and has himself organized a number of such conferences. He is a member of ten professional societies, a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, and four-time president of the Society for Armenian Studies, of which he was one of the founders. Professor Kouymjian has acted as an expert for over 30 years for issues in Armenia.

Dr Marilisa Lorusso


Marilisa Lorusso has obtained a PhD on Democracy and Human Rights, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Genoa. She has taught several courses in history, Eastern Europe, international relations, domestic and foreign politics, business, literature and culture in many universities (İstanbul Üniversitesi, Turkey; El Manar, Tunisia; American University, Armenia; Università Degli Studi di Genova, Italy). She is a permanent co-operator of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa, an Italian think tank, and writes for different centres of studies. She has published articles and various contributions for Italian and foreign publications. As an expert of the South Caucasus, she visited Georgia, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) and networked with local think tanks, NGOs. She was deployed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the post-war European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), where she was field office gender focal point, and she was appointed as EU Council Secretariat for the post-war diplomatic discussions held in Geneva. Her research areas are security and democracy sectors reforms, institution building and human rights. She is a Country of Origin Expert for the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, US.
Her updated list of open-source publications is available at

Dr Hoehne Turaeva Rano


The Expert is a Country Expert and academic with extensive fieldwork experience and providing expert reports (100+) for more than 40 firms in the UK, US, Netherlands, and Canada with areas of expertise such as but not limited to:

  • Authentication documents originating from countries of expertise
  • Country reports on the indicated countries of expertise
  • Minority groups, religious groups
  • Political, social and cultural groups: LGBT
  • Organised crime and mafia, state crime
  • Extremist and violent groups, including religious groups
  • Human rights violations
  • Women issues: honour killing
  • Human trafficking
  • Psychiatry and prison conditions
  • Disadvantaged groups e.g. children, minorities, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill
  • Availability of medical services
  • State structure, military and security services
  • Drug dealing and trafficking

Dr Adrian Florea


Dr Adrian Florea (PhD Indiana University) is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Convener of the Global Security Program at the University of Glasgow. He is currently engaged in three large research projects. The first investigates the survival and disappearance of post-WWII de facto states (breakaway entities, like Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus, South Ossetia, Somaliland, Transnistria, or Western Sahara). The second analyses the variation in governance activities conducted by insurgent organisations. The third examines the link between ‘dark’ networks and civil war processes.