Gerard Libaridian

Gerard Libaridian

Guest Speaker

Former Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of Armenia; Negotiator; Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

Gerard J. Libaridian is retired historian and diplomat. He has taught and written on Armenian history and authored numerous books, articles and reports on contemporary Armenian, Middle Eastern and South Caucasus politics.

Libaridian was a co-founder of the Zoryan Institute for Contemporary Armenian Research and Documentation (Cambridge, Massachusetts,1982) and served as its Director until 1990. During that period he also was editor of the Armenian Review (1983-1988).

From 1991 to1997, Dr. Libaridian served as advisor to the first President of Armenia, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Secretary of the National Security Council.

He has taught and lectured extensively in institutions of higher learning in the US and internationally. Before his retirement in 2012 he held the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Libaridian is currently working on a number of book projects. His most recent work is “A Precarious Armenia,” (London, 2023.)