Defense Ministry Lecture at AUA Marks 21st Anniversary of Armenia’s Armed Forces

YEREVAN–On January 22, the American University of Armenia (AUA) hosted a lecture by the Armenian Defense Ministry marking the 21st anniversary of the founding of Armenia’s Armed Forces.

The event, titled “Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia – 21 Years Old in the 21st Century,” featured a detailed presentation on Armenia’s Armed Forces, exploring its two-decade-long history, the current security challenges it faces, and its future agenda.

AUA President Dr. Bruce Boghosian opened the event by welcoming First Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan and his Senior Administrative Staff Specialist Margarita Hakobyan.

Tonoyan has served in the Armed Forces since 1992, and is the recipient of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Degree Medals “For Fair Service,” the Vazgen Sargsyan Medal, the Andranik Ozanyan Medal, and the 2nd Degree Medal “For Services Contributed to the Motherland.” This is the second time that Tonoyan has given a lecture to AUA students, faculty, and staff.

At the event’s conclusion, Tonoyan fielded questions from the audience around topics ranging from human rights in the army, to which educational subjects are most beneficial to the Republic of Armenia’s strategic defence.

The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia. Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California. Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.

The AUA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001.