Speaker: Hrach Gregorian

Hrach Gregorian
President, Institute of World Affairs

Speaking Topics Include:

  • Challenges of civil-military coordination in security and stability operations (peacebuilding)
  • The interagency process in US foreign and defense policy
  • Key components of success in transitions from autocratic to democratic rule
  • US policy in the Middle East, navigating the navigating between Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia
  • The economic sources of terrorism in Africa
  • Youth narrative as a bellwether of political change
  • Business and peace: challenging the traditional economic assistance paradigm
  • The natural resource curse and economic diversification
  • Digging farther and deeper for resources, emerging threats to industry

About Hrach
Hrach Gregorian is President of the Washington D.C.‐based Institute of World Affairs (IWA). He is also the co‐founder of the consulting firm de novo group, with offices in Washington, DC and Calgary, Canada. For over three decades Gregorian has been active in deep cultural and risk analysis in fragile states, having worked in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and East Asia. Gregorian was one of the first program directors at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He is a cofounder of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global membership association of more than seventy organizations. His current work focuses on interagency coordination in peace operations, capacity‐building in fragile states, and energy and conflict. Gregorian serves on the graduate faculty of three universities. He is a Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria; and Senior Fellow, Canadian Defense & Foreign Affairs Institute. He is the recipient of American University’s Capital Area Peacemaker Award, and a Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award. He sits on various boards. Gregorian earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Brandeis University, and his B.A. at Boston University.

Select Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons – Ottowa, Canada (May 9, 2013) – Link to video available here.