Ara Papian

Ara Papian (Armenian: Արա Պապյան; born June 6, 1961) is an Armenian lawyer, historian and diplomat. He served as the Ambassador of Armenia to Canada 2000 to 2006. He is currently the president of "Modus Vivendi" Center for Social Science.[1]

Ara Papian
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Canada
In office
Personal details
Born(1961-06-06)June 6, 1961
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Children2 sons (Narek and Taron)
Alma materYerevan State University (MA)
Moscow Diplomatic Academy
NATO Defense College
Occupationlawyer, historian and diplomat,
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Early years and educationEdit

Papian was born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, then Soviet Union on June 6, 1961. In the 1980s, he served in the Soviet Army in Afghanistan as a military translator.[1] He was decorated seven times with military awards.[2]

Papian first graduated from the Yerevan State University in 1984 with bachelor's degree in history. In 1989, he completed a postgraduate degree course of studies in Armenian History at Yerevan State University.[3] Papian graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in 1994 and from the NATO Defense College in Rome in 1999.[1] He also completed a course of study in Public Diplomacy (1999, Oxford).

Papian also lectured Armenian language and literature at the Melkonian Educational Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus,[1] and taught Armenian history and the history of Iran at Yerevan State University from 1987 to 1989 and from 1998 to 2000.[4]

Diplomat careerEdit

Papian worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia for many years, holding different positions. He worked as secretary and head of numerous departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also worked in Tehran, Iran and Bucharest, Romania as secretary. Later he was appointed the spokesman and Head of Public Affairs Department. From 2000 to 2006 he was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Canada.[1]

Later activities and viesEdit

Hayrenatirutyun - Reclaiming the Homeland - Legal Bases for the Armenian Claims and Related issues (2004).

After his retirement from diplomatic career, Papian started to study the legal aspects of the Armenian Question: First Nagorno-Karabakh War, Wilsonian Armenia, etc.

He had had speeches in many Armenian communities of the world (including Los Angeles)[5] on these issues.[6]

Ara Papian is an advocate of minority rights and has stated in his interviews that Armenia should assist nation-less ethnic groups (i. e. Talysh people, Lezgin people) in seceding from Azerbaijan.[7]

Ara Papian is founder and Head of the Modus Vivendi Center.[8]

Ara Papian is a member of the National Democratic Pole.

Personal lifeEdit

Papian is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English, Persian and Greek. He is married, with two sons: Narek and Taron.[1]


  • (in Armenian and English) Ara Papian, Legal Bases for the Armenian Claims (Collection of Articles), 2008, Toronto.
  • Arbitral Award of the President of the United States of America Woodrow Wilson: Full Report of the Committee upon the Arbitration of the Boundary between Turkey and Armenia, Washington, November 22, 1920, (Prepared with an Introduction and Indexes by Ara Papian), 2011, Yerevan.
  • (in Armenian) Ara Papian, HAYRENATIRUTYUN (Reclaiming the Homeland): Legal Bases for the Armenian claims and Related Issues (Collection of Articles), 2012, Yerevan.


  1. ^ Ara Papian, Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group
  2. ^ Ara Papian, Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group
  3. ^ Ara Papian, Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group
  4. ^ "ARA PAPIAN TO SPEAK AT 'ANC GRASSROOTS' PANEL ON TRANSNATIONAL JUSTICE". Armenian National Committee. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Woodrow Wilson's Arbitral Award the Best Solution, Says Ara Papian". Asbarez. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  6. ^ Հայաստանը պետք է Ադրբեջանին, որպես քաղաքական միավոր, տրոհի՝ համագործակցելով պետականազուրկ ազգերի հետ. Արա Պապյան. (in Armenian). 15 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Staff of Modus Vivendi Center". Modus Vivendi Center. Retrieved 12 February 2014.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ara Papian at Wikimedia Commons