HEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY

HEAD OF THE UNIVERSITY

Hayk Kotanjian

lieutenant general

Аppointed as head of the National Defense Research University, MOD, RA in 2016.

Activities

When a naval cadet of A. Popov Higher Naval School of Radio-Electronics, he suffered marginal vertebral fracture and disability during the naval practice in the line of duty at in the Northern Fleet. After a long-term recovery he restored fitness for military service.

First Secretary of Leninakan City Committee of Leninist Young Communist League of Armenia; Executive Organizer for Kazakhstan of the Komsomol Department, Central Committee, All-Union Leninist Young Communist League; First Secretary of the Central Committee, Leninist Young Communist League of Armenia; Member of the Central Committee of Communist Party of Armenia (CCCPA); Member, the Central Committee, All-Union Leninist Young Communist League; Member of the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR.

Deputy Head, Department of Science and Educational Institutions, CCCPA; Chairman, State Committee for Vocational Technical Education (Minister, Government Member); First Secretary of the Communist Party Hrazdan Regional Committee; Supervisor on Special Affairs for the First Secretary of the CCCP (elaborating analytical data on the Karabakh process for the leadership of Armenia, Coordinator of the All-Union Staff on evacuation affairs for the population suffered from the earthquake); Member, CCCPA; Member, Supreme Council of the ASSR-RA.

Envoy-Advisor of the CPSU Central Committee at the Central Committee of People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan; Founding Coordinator of the Permanent Interagency Commission on Political Reassessment and Reaction (Kabul, Afghanistan).

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Government-in-Exile (in Moscow), and, in this capacity, Academic Advisor to the USSR Armed Forces Joint Party Committee, with V. Surkov as the Secretary; Academic Advisor, Russian Foundation for National and International Security, with MG L. Shershnyov as the President; Academic Advisor, Association of the USSR Foreign Policy, with E. Shevardnadze as the President; Academic Secretary, Russian Association of International Relations Modeling Theory, with Professor E. Skakunov, USSR MFA Diplomatic Academy of International Law, as the President.

Founding Head, Department of Military Policy, MOD, RA, wrote an applied-academic monograph on “The Basics of the Military Policy of the Republic of Armenia: the Military-Political Aspect of the National Security”, with the establishment of the RA defense policy upon it.

Director, Department of Social Sciences and Macroeconomics, and Professor of Political Science, Postgraduate School, Armenian State University of Engineering.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, “Haikakan Banak” defense-academic journal, and at the same time, Head, Department of Foreign Relations, later – Department of Foreign Relations and Defense Cooperation, MOD, RA; Supervisor for the Development of the RA Armed Forces Military Diplomacy System.

Set up and led the first RA Defense Office in the US, was accredited as the RA defense Attaché on Army, Naval and Air Forces in the US.

Advisor on Defense Policy Affairs to the RA Minister of Defense, Coordinator of the establishment of Drastamat Kanayan Institute for National Strategic Studies, MoD, RA.

Secretary, Interagency Committee on coordinating the elaboration works of the RA National Security Strategy; Academic Supervisor, First Draft National Security Strategy of the RA.

Founding Head, Drastamat Kanayan Institute for National Strategic Studies – Advisor to the Defense Minister, MoD, RA.

The founding Chairman, Political Science Association of Armenia.

H. Kotanjian is the Head of the National Defense Research University, MOD, RA.

Education

Graduated summa cum laude from the Technical Cybernetics Department, Yerevan Polytechnic Institute.

Took a full-time postgraduate course at the Social Psychology Department, in the special group of CPSU Central Committee leadership.

Defended a Doctoral Degree in Political Science from the Academy of Public Administration at the RF President (Moscow).

Full Member of the Academy of Military Sciences of the Russian Federation.

Nominated as a Distinguished Graduate of the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies.

He was a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, NDU, US.

Held an academic Fellowship at Harvard University.

Other activity

Diplomatic rank

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.

Academic title

Professor (Supreme Certifying Commission, RA), Full Member of the Academy of Military Sciences, Department of Security Sciences, RF (elected by secret ballot).

Scientific and academic activities

  • 1996 - He was elected (by secret ballot) Full Member of the Academy of Military Sciences of the Russian Federation (Department of National Security and Geopolitics).
  • 2011 - He was a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, NDU, US.
  • LTG Hayk Kotanjian, Doctor of Political Science, Professor, is author of 10 monographs published in Armenian, Russian, English and German.

Awards

  • ORDERS: “BADGE OF HONOR”(USSR—2, 1977, 1983), “LEGION OF MERIT” (USA. 2003), “NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT” of France (2002),
  • MEDALS: “The Medal of Services to the Motherland”, 1st degree (2006), “Medal of the 20th Anniversary of Karabakh National-Liberation Movement”, “Medal of Marshal Baghramyan” (1997), “Medal of Andranik Ozanyan” (2005), “Medal of Vazgen Sargsyan”, “Vazgen Saargsyan Commemorative Gold Medal”, “Medal of Gratitude” (NKR), Medals for “Fair Service, 1st and 2nd degree”, (2004, 2005), “Medal for Combat Cooperation” (NSS, RA, 2007) and others.