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Sassoon Grigorian

Smart Nation: A Blueprint for Modern Armenia

Lecture | February 16 | 8-10 p.m. |  Vasbouragan Hall

51 Commmonwealth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118

Sassoon Grigorian, Head of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand, Salesforce

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

At a critical juncture in its history, this book explores the challenges and opportunities for Armenia, with clear public policy recommendations.

Armenia is a Smart Nation, it has one of the highest literacy rates globally, it is a recognised world leader in the strategy game of chess, Armenians have been credited with many innovations and inventions used today, and its future success will in part be determined how it can leverage its intellectual property.

Armenia needs to take full advantage of its smarts - whether it be in foreign affairs, leveraging the diaspora, propelling economic growth in regional areas, improving governance and combating corruption, addressing cultural issues, seeking a resolution not just management of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict, and being a leader in the tech sector.

Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, Director, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has described the book as “goes beyond data based analysis to cogent policy recommendations for decision makers. A highly recommended read at a critical geopolitical juncture in Armenia’s history.”