A passion for addressing and solving global issues drives Armen Sahakyan. His career choices and background reflect the Brookdale graduate’s global perspective and focus on the interconnectivity among nations.
“No one nation can singlehandedly solve the challenges facing our world today, whether it’s climate change, poverty reduction, food security or the fight against extremism,” said Sahakyan. “I think there is something noble in working to bring people and countries together to jointly tackle some of the toughest issues facing humanity.”
“I think there is something noble in working to bring people and countries together to jointly tackle some of the toughest issues facing humanity.”
– Armen Sahakyan
Born in Armenia, Sahakyan’s interest in international relations was sparked at an early age. With family in New Jersey, Sahakyan moved to the United States and earned his associate’s degree in international relations from Brookdale. Sahakyan was engaged in numerous campus activities and served as student ambassador and then on the student life board as treasurer and president. He credits those activities with introducing him to the workings of politics and negotiations. He completed his undergraduate degree at Bloomfield College and then earned his master’s in international affairs from Johns Hopkins.
While in graduate school, Sahakyan co-founded the Eurasian Research & Analysis (ERA) Institute in 2013. The United States-based policy think tank provides a forum for young scholars to present their research and analysis on issues related to national security, with an emphasis on Eurasia.
“While at Brookdale, I told my colleagues that Armen is a future world leader. I am not all surprised that Armen is developing a reputation as an expert in Eurasian geo-politics. “
-Janice Thomas, Director, International Education Center
“It is about empowering and equipping the new generation of thought leaders,” said Sahakyan. “It is increasingly going to be up to the new generation to formulate the global agenda and to act upon it.”
He advises current students to read history and to use internships to gain experience and make connections. Sahakyan recommended a study abroad experience as a way to open a window to a new culture, language and way of thinking and to promote personal and professional development.
This article originally appeared in the Brookdale Bulletin February 2019.