Asmik Arutyunyan is a program officer for the Russia and Europe Center at USIP. 

Arutyunyan joined USIP after spending over a decade in the private sector. Her commitment to USIP’s mission and vision is driven by her childhood experience in a war zone. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of gender, international security and development. Specifically, she looks at the inclusion of men and boys in gender equality efforts in post-war environments, conflict-related gender-based violence in Eastern Europe and Caucasus, intersectionality-based policy analysis, as well as women’s peacebuilding movements and advancement of LGBTQ+ rights.
Arutyunyan holds a master’s in international policy and practice from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is fluent in Armenian, Russian and Spanish and is currently improving her proficiency in French.

Publications By Asmik

A Democratic Ukraine Must Include All LGBTQ+ People

A Democratic Ukraine Must Include All LGBTQ+ People

Monday, July 18, 2022

By: Asmik Arutyunyan;  Julia Schiwal

As Ukraine fights for survival, it has relaxed some barriers to the social inclusion of gay, lesbian and other gender and sexual minorities—for example, welcoming some gay people into its armed forces. Yet this change should be expanded and made permanent. Often countries recruit marginalized minorities during wartime emergencies only to revive old practices of exclusion in peacetime. The more inclusive democracy that Ukraine aspires to, and that its transatlantic allies support bringing into full membership of Europe, will require transformations in laws, institutions and social norms for the equal inclusion of Ukrainian gender and sexual minorities.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

GenderHuman Rights

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