Seminar on May 15th, 2009

research seminar

The Aleksanteri Institute together with the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE), Human Rights group of Parliament of Finland and Heinrich Böll Foundation from Germany / Tbilisi are organising a seminar:

Georgia and Armenia – How does the transformation towards democracy look today?

The seminar will take place on 15 May 2009 at 8.45–13.00 in the Auditorium of the New Annex Building of the Parliament (Arkadiankatu 3). Registration is obligatory.


8.45–9.00: Opening of the seminar:

  • Krista Kiuru (STETE´s chair and MP)
  • Ilkka Kantola (Human Rights Group of Parliament of Finland)
  • Markku Kivinen (Director, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

9.00–10.30: I Session/panel: Georgia

  • Chair: Axel Hagelstam (Ministry of Defense and STETE´s vice chair)
  • Speakers: Ombudsman of Georgia Mr. Sozar Subari, Major Heikki Lehtonen (National Defense College, Department of Strategic and Defense studies)
  • Comments: Mikko Palonkorpi (Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
  • Discussion

10.30–11.00 Coffee

11.00–12.30 II Session/panel: Armenia

  • Chair: Heidi Hautala (MP and chair of the Parliamentary Group for South-Caucasus)
  • Speakers: Ombudsman of Armenia Mr. Armen Harutyunyan, Roving Ambassador for South Caucasus Petri Salo
  • Comments: Hanna Smith (Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
  • Discussion

12.30–13.00 Summary

  • Janne Taalas (Director of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry for Foreign Affairs)
  • Iris Kempe (Director, Heinrich Böll Tbilisi office)

Print the programme here (PDF)

About the seminar

Georgia and Armenia, two small South Caucasus countries, have now enjoyed 16 years of independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today these countries are part of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy, but are the aspirations of EU membership realistic in Armenia and Georgia.

The purpose of the seminar is to look into the current state of the democratisation in Armenia and Georgia.The ombudsman of Armenia Armen Harutyunyan and the ombudsman of Georgia Sozar Subari will inform us about the recent developments in human rights, democracy and freedom of the media in their home countries.

The seminar programme will be published soon. The seminar language is English. For more information please contact STETE’s office.


Please register to the seminar no later than May 8th by e-mail (stete [at]
or by phone 09 2600 131 (Registration is obligatory).

Please arrive well in advance to avoid queues at the security check.