Meet an AIWA Member:
We are excited to start a new monthly feature in our newsletter: Meet an AIWA Member. Every month we will celebrate our members and supporters, who exemplify AIWA's mission and values. This month, we are delighted to introduce to you Anna Ohanyan.
Anna is a newly-elected Board Member, but she's been focused on the intersection of women and international security for her entire professional life. She sees international security as a result of human and community security, and brings these values to her work.
The course includes the "Local Roots of Global Peace: Junior Voices in Global Security Studies International Conference" which Anna organizes in partnership with
Eurasia International University
Eurasia Partnership Foundation-Armenia
. The conference as well as the course engages most of AIWA's partners in Armenia, and highlights issues of human (in)security, such as domestic violence and environmental protection. Lara Aharonian and Maro Matossian were invited as speakers at the conference in the past two years, helping the scholars to situate domestic violence in Armenia a global context. This year, Nvard Manasyan of UNICEF spoke on gendercide and its disastrous consequences for Armenia. Anna also reached out to potential new connections for AIWA to empower more women.
You can connect with Anna in our AIWA Network (see below for details). We got a chance to ask Anna:
What was the last best book you read or your favorite book?
The last book I read was on my way to Armenia for a conference in September, titled "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes. My favorite is by Ian McEwan called "Nutshell".
Who inspired you, personally or professionally growing up?
- I grew up watching my father, white chalk in his hand, in front of large University classrooms in Armenia. The adoring eyes of students fixed on him as he was waving the chalk around and pacing the room, was a scene I will never forget. I always wanted to be a professor, and this really sustained me in the tough years of energy crises and the war in NK, as the Soviet Union was disintegrating. My Mom has been a major inspiration as well. She worked as a researcher in a University but was unable to start her dissertation due to the demands of motherhood at the time. She raised four children, one of whom is a poetess in Armenia, the other is a surgeon and the third is a specialist in education administration running two educational institutions.
What is the best advice you ever got?
- Someone told me early on that I should write a book. I thought that was crazy at the time.
What is your favorite podcast/movie/tv show (any or all)?
- Breaking Bad!!!!