On 09.5 Late Night Diplomacy had the ninth session of the project with H. E. Ashot Hovakimian, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to the Czech Republic. H. E. Ambassador is a career diplomat with a lot of experience in governance and diplomatic service delivered a speech on how the Republic of Armenia chose its Reformist Path After the 2018 Revolution with a great emphasis on Security Challenges in the Caucasus, especially in spite of the conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabakh region. The scope of the session was to provide a first-hand perspective on how the Caucasian republic managed to undergo significant reforms across various branches of its political system, as well as its role in the architecture of the security in the region, relations with Russia, and how the war in Ukraine affect the security situation in the region. The experience of H. E. Ambassador allowed him to exploit the historic experience of the USSR, as well as the current geopolitical situation, which provided a great outlook on the political history of the region.
The followed-up simulation was created by the team of our selected participants in order to test their capacity in the project and event management was aimed at the relations between various interest groups in the political system of a country. Such a mix allowed the participants to take the role wether of the government, reformists, oligarchs and military and test their capacity to transform their interests into reality. By exploiting the given resources within the groups, participants had to conduct multiparty negotiations, create alliances, and confront other groups to achieve their goals. A unique experience that offers a deep insight into the model of how the state functions and how the power relations between various actors stop, slow down or boost democratic developments.