Dr. Artak Shakaryan is a Child Protection Officer at UNICEF Armenia. He previously worked at World Vision International, the Eurasia Partnership Foundation and the Armenian Assembly of America Yerevan Office, and as the Head of the School for Young Leaders, an executive education center that administers one-year leadership courses for mid-level managers. He is the author of three monographs: “‘Blood Tax’ in the Ottoman Empire: the Case of Devshirme” (2006), “Beyond the Ararat: Decoding Turkey” (2011), and “Talking Points on the Armenian Genocide” (2014 Armenian edition, 2015 English edition), as well as numerous academic and analytical articles on the domestic and foreign policies of Turkey. Dr. Shakaryan holds a PhD in Ottoman Studies from the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, and an MA and BA in Turkish Studies from Yerevan State University. He has also received certificates for executive training programs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.