Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan specializes in foreign and security policies of Turkey and the South Caucasus states. He has received his Dr. Philosophy Degree in history from the University of Bergen (Norway), Master’s degree from Lund University (Sweden), Candidate of historical sciences degree from the Institute of Oriental Studies (Armenia). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010) and Visiting Doctoral Student at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005). He has authored two monographs: “Turkey, Kemalism, and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation”, New York & London. Palgrave Macmillan 2019; an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001”, Yerevan, Limush, 2008; and co-authored “History of the Turkish Republic”, Yerevan State University Press, 2018. His research articles have been published both in edited volumes by Routledge, Springer and the following peer-reviewed journals: “Nations and Nationalism”, “Third World Quarterly”, “Europe-Asia Studies”, “Turkish Studies”, “Middle Eastern Studies”, “Digest of Middle East Studies”, “Insight Turkey”, “Eurasian Geography and Economics”, “Caucasus Survey”, “Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies”, “Iran and the Caucasus”, “Diaspora Studies”, etc.

Dr. Philosophy (History), University of Bergen, Norway
Candidate of Historical Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies, NAS, Yerevan
MA, Lund University, Sweden
BA, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Office location
135W, Paramaz Avedisian Building

[email protected]

(+374 60) 61 26 73

Office hours
Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Turkish domestic and foreign policy; Regional Security; Politics and conflicts in the post-Soviet Space; Political history of Armenia

Courses taught at AUA:


  • Survey of Regional Politics
  • Armenian Government
  • Introduction to Turkish Language and Culture


  • Caucasus Regional Politics
  • Security Policy
  • Armenian Politics and Diplomacy
  • Middle East Politics
  • Russian Politics

Research Database IDs

ORCID: 0000-0002-2212-0391
SCOPUS Author ID: 36599336300
Researcher ID-N-4267-2017

Research Activities/Projects

  • SCOPE – “Religion and soft power: Religious Communities in the South Caucasus as Objects of External Influences”
  • NUPI – “Research Beyond the Ivory Tower: Policy and Communication Training for University Teams”

Selected Publications


Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Ter-Matevosyan V., Mkrtchyan N. (2021) The Conduct of Armenian Foreign Policy: Limits of the Precarious Balance. In: Brady AM., Thorhallsson B. (eds) Small States and the New Security Environment. The World of Small States, vol 7. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51529-4_14
  • “The policy of Turkey Towards Armenia During the Governing Period of the Justice and Development Party (2002-2012)”. 2020. Yerevan. Zangak. (in Armenian) (with R. Safrastyan, A. Hovhannisyan, T. Manukyan)
  • “History of Armenia: Country Survey,” Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2020, 20th edition, ed. Dominic Heaney. London and New York, Routledge. 2019. pp. 57-63.
  • “History of Armenia: Country Survey” in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2019, 19th edition, ed. Dominic Heaney, London and New York, Routledge, 2018, 55-61.
  • “Turkish Soft Power Politics in Georgia: Making Sense of Political and Cultural Implications”, ed. Ansgar Jodicke in Religion and Soft Power in the South Caucasus, London, Routledge, 2018, 21-41
  • “Armenian Foreign Policy: Problems of Institutional Developments” in Armenia’s Foreign Policy: Some Perspectives Stephan Astourian. UC Berkley Armenian Studies Program Occasional Papers. 2016. 55-77  (coauthor Anna Drnoian)
  • “Turkish Policy in Georgia: Social and Economic Implications of Integration Projects”, in View Across the Border: Policy and Society in Georgia and Armenia, ed. T. Turmanidze, Tbilisi, BST GMF, 2014, pp. 23-41 (in Russian)
  • “Military intervention. Reforms (1980-1995)”, in History of Turkish Republic, ed. R. Safrastyan, Yerevan, Yerevan State University Publication, 2014, pp. 237-277 (in Armenian)
  • “Crisis of the Political System. The period of the Justice and Development Party (1996-2011)”, in History of Turkish Republic, ed. R. Safrastyan, Yerevan, Yerevan State University Publication, 2014, pp. 294-354 (in Armenian)
  • “Reviewing Armenia’s National Security Strategy: Challenges and Reality” in Conference Proceedings “Regional Security Dynamics In The Caucasus”, Limush Press, Yerevan, 2012, pp. 95-104

Articles in Peer-Reviewed journals