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Recherche en Science Politique (Relations Internationales)

Membre de

  • Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales
  • REPI
  • Anciens membres


Institut d'Etudes Européennes/Institute of European Studies


Dr. Vasilyan studied as 

  • BA exchange student at Otterbein College, Ohio, United States (1999-2000)
  • holds two MA degrees from the

a) Central European University (CEU), Hungary (2002) and

b) Leiden University, the Netherlands (2005).

Before embarking on her PhD she had gained professional experience, among others, at the

  • Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in the United States
  • Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe Office (OSCE) in Armenia
  • Committee of Ministers and the Venice Commission at the Council of Europe in France
  • The Centre, an intelligent communications consultancy in Belgium
  • European Parliament in Belgium.


Prior to joining the ULB Dr. Vasilyan had been
  • PhD researcher and lecturer at the Centre for EU Studies, Department of Political Science, Ghent University in Belgium (2006-2010)
  • Visiting PhD researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Italy (2009-2010)
  • Visiting Professor at CEU in Budapest, Hungary (2010-2011)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of Padova in Italy (2012)
  • Visiting Fellow at the Department of Social and Political Sciences (2013) and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (2015), EUI in Italy
  • Assistant Professor (2011-2015) and Jean Monnet Chair of EUropean Studies (2012-2015) at the American University of Armenia. 

She has been invited as a Guest Lecturer to the 

  • University of Padova, Italy (2012)
  • Kent University Brussels campus, Belgium (2014) 
  • College of Europe Natolin campus, Poland (2014 and 2015)
  • University of Tartu, Estonia (2015)
  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (2015). 

Dr. Vasilyan was a member of the

  • International Studies Association 
  • European Union Studies Association
  • European Consortium for Political Research 
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies. 

She has been a reviewer of the

  • Cambridge Review of International Affairs,
  • Nations in Transit, Freedom House
  • International Affairs Forum (IA-Forum), a publication of the Center for International Relations, Washington, DC, US. 

Travaux sélectionnés

Selected Publications:

  • (2016) “Comparing EU’s Policy towards the Western Balkans and the South Caucasus”, in Gstohl S. (ed.), “The European Neighborhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective: Models, Challenges, Lessons” (Furnham: Ashgate).
  • (2016) '‘Swinging on the Pendulum’: Armenia in the Eurasian Economic Union', With the European Union, Problems of Post Communism.  
  • with S. Petrossian (2014) “Russia’s Policy towards the South Caucasus: Triangulation of Domestic, Border and Foreign Logics”, in Challenges and Perspectives of Contemporary Russia, Asta L. (ed.) (Padova: Digital Academic Press).
  • (2014) ‘Apposition of the EU’s Regionalization and Regionalism in the South Caucasus', Regional Dialogue, Tbilisi: Caucasian House:
  • (2014) ‘A Multi-Speed Eastern Neighborhood’, Regional Dialogue, Tbilisi: Caucasian House:
  • (2014) ‘Armenia from a Foreign Policy of Complementarity to Supplementarity? A Sandwich Story!’ International Affairs Forum, Washington, DC: Centre for International Relations:
  • (2013) ‘Moral Power as Objectification of ‘Civilian’/‘Normative’ EUlogy: EU as a Conflict-Dealer in the South Caucasus’,  Journal of International Relations and Development, 17 (3)
  • (2011) ‘The External Legitimacy of the European Union in the South Caucasus’, European Foreign Affairs Review, 16 (3)
  • (2011) ‘The European Union (EU) as a ‘Moral Power’ through its Democracy Promotion Policy in the South Caucasus’, Policy Brief, Brussels, Maastricht University:
  • (2011) ‘Dizygotic Twins: The EU and US Promoting Democracy in the South Caucasus’ in Scott N. Romaniuk (ed.) Competing Powers: Security in the Wider Black Sea Region (Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP Lambert), 120-163.
  • (2010) ‘A Cacophony: The EU’s Security Policy towards the South Caucasus’, in K. Henderson and Weaver, C. (eds) The Black Sea and EU Policy: The Challenge of Divergent Agendas (Farnham: Ashgate), 87-107.
  • (2010) ‘The ‘European’ ‘Neighbourhood’ ‘Policy’ (ENP): A Holistic Account’, in Bailey, D. & Wunderlich, U. (eds) Handbook on the European Union and Global Governance (London and New York: Routledge), 177-187.
  • with De Ville, F. & Reynaert, V. (2009) ‘Het Oostelijk Partnerschap van de EU: oud cadeau in nieuwe verpakking’, Internationale Spectator , 63 (4), 192-196.
  • (2009) ‘The EU’s Ambitious Regionalization of the South Caucasus’, in De Lombaerde, P. & Schulz, M. (eds) The ‘Makability’ of Regions: The EU and World Regionalism (Farnham: Ashgate), 205-221.
  • (2009) ‘The EU’s Promotion of ‘Regional Cooperation’ in the South Caucasus – Modest but Ambitious’, International Affairs Forum, Centre for International Relations:
  • (2006) ‘The Policy of Regional Cooperation in the South Caucasus’, Working Paper 24, Buenos Aires, Argentinean Center of International Studies. 
  • (2006) ‘Towards Constitutionalism for the Republic of Armenia’, Working Paper 25, Buenos Aires, Argentinean Center of International Studies. 
  • (2004) ‘The US Policy towards the EU-Turkish Relationship’, in Turkey’s Accession to the European Union (Leiden: Leiden University), 151-159.
  • (2004) ‘The Tale of ‘European Integration’: The Union of Polity and Policy’, in Alliances and Leagues of Nations (Leiden: Leiden University), 93-113.

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Présentation des enseignements

Courses taught at the 

  • Political Science Department, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (2006-2010) within the frames of MA courses:
  1. “EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policies”
  2. “Contemporary Issues in EU Politics”.
  • Department of International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2010), MA courses:
  1. “The Caucasus in Global Politics”
  2. “Theories of European Integration”.
  • Political Science and International Affairs program, American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia (2011-2015), MA courses:
  1. “International Relations in Theory and Practice”
  2. “Contemporary Foreign Affairs” focusing on US Foreign Policy
  3. “The Caucasus in Global Politics”
  4. “European Integration”
  5. “EU and the World”
  6. “European Neighborhood Policy”. 

Présentation des recherches

Jean Monnet Chair (2012-2015)

Domaines d´intérêt

- international relations theories

- international organizations

- political philosophy

- foreign policy analysis (US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Japan, China, etc.)

- security studies, conflict resolution, democratization, regionalism, etc. 

- EU integration theories

- EU decision-making and external relations

- European Neighborhood Policy (ENP)