Author: Nataliya Borys

Interview with Vicken Cheterian

Who is Vicken Cheterian? Few worlds about myself. My name is Vicken Cheterian, I am a Geneva-based university lecturer. I have started my professional career as a journalist first in Beirut, where I finished my initial university studies, covering post-Soviet developments. Just after leaving Beirut at the end of the war (1990), and after spending a year in Zurich, I departed for what ceased to be the Soviet Union. I visited Moscow, Yerevan, and then Stepanakert, at the height of the Karabakh war, working as freelance journalist and publishing in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Monde Diplomatique, al-Hayat and...

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Swiss – Caucasian friendship party

  In December 2016, MAREM (Master Of Russian and Central European Studies)[1] and the association Swiss Caucasian House[2] organized a Caucasian gathering, named “Swiss –Caucasian friendship party”. Caucasian countries and Iran were special guests. How this idea came into their mind? One of the organizers, Nataliya Borys, discovered that many students this year were from the Caucasus and Iran, so the idea to organize a party based on Caucasian and Iranian culture emerged quickly. As she mentioned “I know the Caucasus and Iran quite well. I wanted to share its culture and its amazing culinary heritage with other students and participants. Caucasian...

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Armenian youth asks for changes. Some personal impressions after AYSOR’s session.

The eternal friendship of Russian and Ukrainian peoples. When I was accepted to participate in the AYSOR session in Yerevan, Armenia,[1] I was truly excited to meet old friends, but in the same time, I apprehended the political debates about Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Putin and all these conversations that I faced during my last trip or exactly three years ago. When in 2014 I  came to Armenia for the first time, I arrived to Georgia and took a taxi to Yerevan. During the long ride from Tbilisi to Yerevan, while contemplating the beautiful scenery, I also had a long conversation, or...

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Entretien avec André Liebich, professeur invité au GSI

Nataliya Boris: Bonjour professeur Liebich, c’est un honneur de pouvoir parler avec vous. Vous êtes un historien canado-suisse, professeur invité à l’Université de Genève et professeur honoraire à l’Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID). Depuis 2016 vous enseignez au GSI un nouveau cours intitulé « Les guerres des Balkans et la fin de la Yougoslavie ». Pourquoi avez-vous choisi ce sujet ? Y-a-t-il encore de l’intérêt pour les Balkans et cette région du monde ? André Leibich : Par rapport au cours sur les Balkans, je le donne à la demande du MAREM [Master Russie-Europe médiane,  NDLR] qui a...

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Interview with Andrea Peto, Hungarian historian and a member of the Horizon 2020 advisory group, about Horizon2020, gender and social relevance in research projects and how “small and poor” countries can succeed to be financed by the EU.

Nataliya Borys: You have been re-appointed to Horizon 2020 advisory groups for Societal challenge and for Gender. When did you start to work in Horizon 2020 advisory groups? Why have you accepted to be the part of it? Andrea PETŐ: I have been working in different EU-funded framework programs (5,6,7 framework programs) and also as an evaluator of different projects submitted to EC Directorate General Research. I guess that was the reason I was asked to join the Advisory Group on Societal Challenges in 2014 and now in 2016. The work of the European Commission looks like a black...

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