Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Disaster Reduction. Seismic Risk Reduction Strategy in the XXI Century; S. Balassanian. Building Local Capacity for Earthquake Loss Reduction; S. Mattingly. Disaster Assistance in Cold Weather Conditions: an Overview of Issues and Options; C. Kelly. Actual State of Technical Cooperation on Earthquake Disaster Prevention. Case Study: JICA Earthquake Disaster Prevention Project in Mexico; H. Kitajima. Radius Initiative for IDNDR a Practical Approach to Reduce Urban Seismic Risk; K. Okazaki. Urban Seismic Risk Mitigation in Asia: Examples From Radius Case Studies; R.K. Shaw, et al. The Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Risk Management Project (KVERMP): Project Motivation and Description; A.M. Dixit, et al. The Role of the Subjective Factors in the Seismic Risk; A. Tarverdyan. Part II: Earthquake Hazard. Major and Great Earthquakes on the Himalayan Region: an Overview; H.K. Gupta. Seismicity of the Spitak Earthquake Source Zone Vicinity; R.E. Tatevossian, et al. Southern Javakhet Earthquake Swarm. Stress Tensor Orientation Derived from Focal Mechanism Data; A.K. Tovmasyan. The Digital Accelerograph Network in the Caucasus; P. Smit, et al. Implications of the Duration of Strong Ground Motion: (Observations from the U.S. Loma Prieta Earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989); M. Tiv. Seismicity and Cultural Monuments of Georgia; V. Zaalishvili, et al. Geomorphological Aspects of the Forming of Earthquake Intensity Effect in Highlands; V. Zaalishvili, S. Gogmachadze. On Estimation of Dominant Vibration Periods of Site; O. Kuranova, et al. A Major Neotectonic Structure Within the Arabia -- Eurasia Collisional Orogen: the Ararat -- Araks Conjugate Fault System and its Possible Impact on the Safety of the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant; H.K. Mkrtchian. One Inequality of Elastokinetics and its Application in Seismology; G. Gabrichidze. Earthquake Prediction Research for Current Seismic Hazard Assessment in Armenia; S. Balassanian. The Stages of Earthquake Preparation: Laboratory Experiment and Field Study; G.A. Sobolev, et al. Earthquake Prediction: Pro and Contra; T. Chelidze. Method of Analysis of Geochemical Oscillations to Earthquake Prediction; A.A. Belyaev, V.A. Igumnov. Earthquake Prediction Research in China: Zhangbei Ms=6.2 Earthquake on January 10, 1998; D. Jianhai, et al. Intense Crustal Deformation Rates on Nissyros Island (Greece), Deduced from GPS Studies, May Foreshadow a Forthcoming Volcanic Event; E. Lagios. Tectonic Early Warning System Through Real-Time Radon (Rn) Monitoring: Preliminary Results of a Geophysical Method for Forecasting Earthquakes; E. Lagios, et al. The Results of Theoretical Researches of the Geodesic-Deformed Herald of Earthquakes; R.A. Movsessyan. Seismic Hazard Zonation in Eastern Europe; D. Lungu, et al. A New Seismic Hazard Map for the Implementation in the National Physical Planning of Iran; A.A. Moinfar, et al. Part III: Earthquake Engineering. Ten Years After the 1988 Spitak Earthquake: Reconstruction and New Lines of Earthquake Engineering Development in Armenia; M. Melkumyan. The Lessons of Armenia-Spitak, 1988, and Other Recent Earthquakes in View of Seismic Building Codes Improvement; J.M. Eisenberg. The Nature of Spitak Earthquake Occurred on December 7, 1988. Reinforcement and Repair Technology of Buildings and Constructions; T.G. Markarian, S.G. Shahinian. Some Structural Aspects of Buildings Destroyed in the Spitak Earthquake; E. Luz. Seismic Upgrading of Existing Stone-Masonry Buildings: Lessons From the Earthquake of Bovec of 1998; M. Tomazevic. On Basic Concepts for Development of United International Earthquake Resistant Construction Code; E.E. Khachian. Analysis of New Seismic Building Codes of CIS Countries; T. Mukhadze, I. Timchenko. Recent Techniques and Regulations on Seismic Retrofit and Diagnosis for Buildings in Japan; T. Saito. Some Main Principles of New Republic Codes on Design and Construction of Seismic-Resistant Masonry Structures; T.G. Markaryan, L.A. Davidian. Internet Availability of the Vulnerability Database; F. Casciati, et al. Assessment of Damage and Usability of Earthquake-Damaged Buildings: Experience of Slovenia; M. Tomazevic. Design and Testing of High Damping Rubber Earthquake Bearings for Retrofit Project in Armenia; K.N.G. Fuller, et al. The Research, Application and Design Code of Seismic Isolation and Energy Dissipation in China; F.L. Zhou. On one Approach of Studying the Free and Forced Vibrations of Bases and Fundaments of Structures; L.A. Aghalovian. Activities of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment for Seismic Risk Reduction in Europe; V. Renda, et al. Effects of Incoherence, Wave Passage and Spatially Varying Site Conditions on Bridge Response; P. Keshishian, A. Der Kiureghian. The Impact of the System of Ties Upon the Level of Seismic Effect for Road Beam Bridges; R.S. Azoyan, et al. The Asymptotic Solution of Some Model Problems of Seismostability Construction and Seismology; L.A. Aghalovian, R.S. Gevorgyan.