On February 14, a new page was turned and a new chapter opened with the launch of Policy Forum Armenia (PFA), an independent professional non-profit association aimed at strengthening discourse on Armenia’s economic development and national security.
In both substance and form, PFA transcends the traditional bounds of Diasporan involvement in Armenia’s nation-building process. Through its hybrid operations as a think tank and advocacy group, PFA aims to help shape public policy in Armenia by offering alternative views and professional analysis on various issues pertaining to Armenia’s economic welfare and national security, culminating in innovative and practical recommendations.
The organization’s main asset is its worldwide network of professionals and leaders who are dedicated to bringing about a new brand of involvement in Armenia’s development in their respective fields. While historically the Diaspora has focused on philanthropic endeavors, PFA intends to help Armenia bring about self-sustaining change through the creation of an informed public and more effective and accountable government. Just a glimpse at the impressive assemblage of diverse professionals and leaders that comprise PFA suffices to demonstrate the magnitude of this organization’s potential reach.
Some of the major issues that PFA aims to tackle include (but are not limited to) Human Rights in Armenia, Armenia-Diaspora Relations, Financial Development in Armenia, Environmental Issues, and U.S.-Armenia Relations. PFA divides its projects among members who have the education and real-world experience necessary to achieve a practical, working solution to the aforementioned issues facing the Republic of Armenia.
The State of the Nation Report is PFA’s flagship product. To be published bi-annually, the State of the Nation Report will provide a critical assessment of processes taking place in Armenia and offer recommendations on key policy issues. This comprehensive report will analyze and constructively criticize all of the issues mentioned above in hopes of improving pertinent aspects of public policy, cultural issues, and international relations.
The State of the Nation Report will be geared toward a readership consisting of government officials, entrepreneurs, and all other public figures who have a stake in the political and economic growth of Armenia.
PFA hopes to work with the Armenian government along with the private sector in an effort to resolve problems surrounding the economic conditions, social developmen’s, and international relations facing Armenia. With a dedicated group of capable intellectuals and professionals, PFA just may be the forum that helps Armenia achieve its full potential.
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