Prof. Ruben Safrastyan, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Armenian National Academy of Sciences and Professor of History and Turkish Studies at the Yerevan State University. In the past, he served as a Counselor of the Armenian Embassy in Germany and was the Deputy Director of the Department of Political Analysis for the Office of the first President of Armenia. During last years, he has received Humboldt (Germany), Fulbright (USA), and International Policy (Hungary) fellowships and conducted researches at the universities of Bochum, Berkeley, and Budapest. His publications include 12 authorized and edited books and 130 articles and papers. Ruben Safrastyan is editor of the Academic Yearbooks "Peoples and Countries of the Near and Middle East" and "The Turkic and Ottoman Studies", Yerevan.