Artak Ayunts

Global Politics Teacher

Education

  • PhD in Sociology, Yerevan State University, Armenia
  • MA in Conflict Resolution, University of Bradford, UK

Bio

I am a peace researcher and conflict practitioner with more than twenty years of experience in conflictology and peacebuilding. My main expertise includes ethno-political conflicts, conflict analysis and resolution, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. During the last several years, I have been working with different international and national NGOs in the field of peacebuilding over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenia-Turkey normalisation, conflicts in Ukraine and Libya. In the past, I have been teaching courses on Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation at Yerevan State University. I am also promoting peace education delivering trainings on peace and conflict transformation. I am the author of several articles and academic publications on the issues of conflict and peace. 

What is conflictology?
Conflictology is a science and art of understanding conflict, analysing it, and applying skills for peaceful resolution of conflicts. 

What is your ideal classroom environment? 
Multicultural environment, interactive setting, positive mindset for learning. 

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
Apply critical thinking, be creative and empathetic, explore multiple sources before coming to conclusion. 

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
My family inspires me. 

What is your life motto?
Prepare for the worst, and usually enjoy the outcome. 

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Tractatus logico philosophicus.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play and watch sports - tennis, football, chess. Movies, books, travel, and many more.