WASHINGTHON, DC — Ambassador Nina Hachigian, who serves as the City of Los Angeles’ Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Defense Policy Board. Other members of the board include Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, reports the Armenian Assembly of America.

A diplomat and politician who is the first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hachigian has led a prolific career that includes a post as U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, where her strategic partnerships and initiatives resulted in her being awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for her service.

Ambassador Hachigian has also served as a Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress, and was co-director of Asia policy for the Obama campaign in 2012. Ambassador Hachigian was also the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House from 1998-1999. She has written numerous books, reports and articles.

She is the founder of WASA, Women Ambassadors Serving America, which consists of over 200 current and former Ambassadors, a co-founder of the Leadership Coalition for Women in National Security (LCWINS), a founding Board Member of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board, a member of the California 100 Commission, a Board Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  1. Congratulations and best wishes to Ambassador Nina Hachigian.

    Let us hope that in her new post she will publicly point out that Turkey and Azerbaijan are state sponsors of terrorism — terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

    For example, they have used such terrorists against Armenia and Artsakh. This is not in dispute.

    Why is the US supporting terrorist states? That’s a question that Dr. Hachigian should get an answer to.

    Terrorism expert and State Department consultant Dr. David Phillips has written about Turkey as a “state sponsor of terrorism”:


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