Arman Kirakossian

Arman Kirakossian (Armenian: Արման Կիրակոսյան; 10 September 1956 – 6 July 2019)[1][2] was an Armenian diplomat and historian. From November 2014 until his death he served as Ambassador of Armenia to Austria as well as Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and International Organizations in Vienna (UNIDO, UNODC, IAEA, CTBTO).

Arman Kirakossian
Արման Կիրակոսյան
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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to the United Kingdom
In office
November 2018 – 6 July 2019
PresidentArmen Sarkissian
Prime MinisterNikol Pashinyan
Preceded byArmen Sarkissian
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to Austria
In office
11 October 2011 – November 2018
PresidentSerzh Sargsyan
Permanent Representative of Armenia to the OSCE
Ambassador of Armenia to the United States
In office
Prime MinisterRobert Kocharyan
Preceded byRouben Shougarian
Succeeded byTatoul Markarian
Ambassador of Armenia to Greece
In office
Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia
In office
October 1992 – February 1993
Preceded byRaffi Hovannisian
Succeeded byVahan Papazian
Personal details
Born(1956-09-10)10 September 1956
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Died6 July 2019(2019-07-06) (aged 62)
Yerevan, Armenia
Political partyIndependent


Kirakossian was born in Yerevan, the son of the historian and political scientist John Kirakosyan. He received his bachelor's degree in History and Geography in 1977 and a master's degree in History of the Armenian Question and International Diplomacy in 1980 from the Armenian State Pedagogical University. In November 1999, he earned the degree of Doctor of Sciences in History from the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

Before embarking on a diplomatic career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Kirakossian held several high-level academic positions at the National Academy of Sciences. He was Project Director at the Center of Scientific Information for Social Sciences from 1980 to 1986, then Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Armenian Diaspora Studies Department from 1990 to 1991.

From 1991 to 1994, he held the post of First Deputy Foreign Minister, and, from October 1992 to February 1993, served as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia. He held the diplomatic Rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (1992).

From 1994 to 1999 Kirakossian was Armenia's Ambassador to Greece. He also assumed the duties of the Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Athens. Kirakossian was also accredited to Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Kirakossian served as Armenian Ambassador to the United States from 1999 to 2005. He was also Permanent Observer of Armenia to the Organization of American States from 2001.

In 2005 he was appointed again as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.

Kirakossian assumed his role as Ambassador to Austria and the OSCE in 2011. From November 2018 he was appointed Ambassador to United Kingdom.[3] He died in Yerevan on 6 July 2019.


Kirakossian was an author of books and more than 120 publications. Four of his books were published in English:

  • British Diplomacy and the Armenian Question (Gomidas Institute, Princeton and London, 2003),
  • The Armenian Massacres 1894-1896: U.S. Media Testimony (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 2004),
  • Armenia-USA: Current Realities and Vision for Future (Yerevan State University Press, 2007),
  • The Armenian Massacres 1894-1896: British Media Testimony (Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan, Dearborn, 2008).

He was Professor of History and International Relations at the Yerevan State University.


Kirakossian was decorated with:

  • Gold Medal of City Athens (1999),
  • Commemorative Medal (2001),
  • Medal of "John Kirakossian" (2009) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia,
  • Gold Medal of the Yerevan State University (2006),
  • State Medal of Mkhitar Gosh for significant services in the sphere of diplomacy.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Veteran Diplomat Arman Kirakossian Passes Away". 8 July 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  2. ^ Mirror-Spectator, The Armenian (23 July 2019). "Veteran Diplomat, Scholar Dr. Arman Kirakossian Dies". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Ambassador Arman Kirakossian presented the copies of his credentials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office". (in Armenian). Retrieved 3 June 2020.