13.05.2010TURKISH SCHOLAR TANER AKCAM ADVOCATES CHANGE IN POLICY OF GENOCIDE DENIAL
By Harut Sassounian
Dr. Taner Akcam, one of the first Turkish scholars to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, delivered two important lectures in Southern California last week. Based on historical research, he analyzed the underpinnings of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and proposed solutions for its official acknowledgment.
06.05.2010THIRD PARTY IN UNOFFICIAL DIPLOMACY
Conflicts became one of the key points in the field of international bilateral, regional and inter-regional relations, global power structures, and the major ideological battles of the 20-21 century. The approaches to the conflict analysis have been changed a lot during the recent years.
06.05.2010THE WASHINGTON CENTRE FOR AZERBAIJAN STUDIES HAS BEEN SET UP AS AN INDEPENDENT, BIPARTISAN ORGANIZATION
The centre has been founded by young Azerbaijani and international scholars to serve as a platform for policy evaluation and independent thinking and to contribute to the strategic debate on Azerbaijan, the Caucasus and Caspian.
05.05.2010IS TURKEY’S CONSUL UNHAPPY THAT NOT ALL ARMENIANS WERE SLAUGHTERED LIKE SHEEP?
By Harut Sassounian
Hakan Tekin, the young and inexperienced Turkish Consul General in Los Angeles, is trying hard to earn brownie points with his bosses in Ankara by countering any reference to Armenians in the U.S. media. He went overboard last week by sending an offensive letter to the Los Angeles Times.
05.05.2010WILSON HOUSE FEATURED ON ARMENIAN TELEVISION
Wilson House was recently the feature of a report by the Public Television Company of Armenia. Political analyst and special correspondent to the U.S. Haykaram Nahapetyan visited the museum where he interviewed Executive Director Frank J. Aucella and Curator John Powell about the collection and Wilson’s relations with Armenia.
05.05.2010THE CONFERENCE IN ARTSAKH ON FORCIBLE ISLAMIZATION OF THE ARMENAINS
On 20 April in Stepanakert, the capital of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the NKR government and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun arranged conference on “The Forcible Islamization as a Component of the Genocide”. The event featured participants from Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, France and USA.
04.05.2010MOOD IS DARK AS ISRAEL MARKS 62ND YEAR AS A NATION (It’s goodbye now, blondie)
By ETHAN BRONNER
Every year, Israelis approach the joy of their Independence Day right after immersing themselves in a 24-hour period of grief for fallen soldiers. Before the fireworks burst across the skies Monday night to celebrate the country’s 62nd birthday, the airwaves filled with anguished stories of servicemen and -women killed, the Kaddish prayer of mourning and speeches placing the deeply personal losses of a small country into the sweep of Jewish history.
03.05.2010ARMENIAN PROTESTANT COMMUNITY IN LEBANON
The Protestant Armenians of Lebanon are, alongside with the Apostolic and Catholic Armenians, one of the three confessional stratums of the Armenian community in that country. The Armenian Protestant community, established back in the 19th century, expanded after the Armenian Genocide when the Protestant Armenians, together with other Armenians, immigrated to that country from other places of the Ottoman Empire.
30.04.2010RUSSIA-GERMANY THE PROBABLE SCENARIOS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE REGIONAL SECURITY
The developments round Armenian-Turkish relations went beyond the scope of the regional format and moved to global politics. There are grounds to believe that regardless of the results at the current stage of the diplomatic processes the relations between Yerevan and Ankara will stay at the agenda of our foreign policy for quite a long time, because it is of strategic importance and in its significance it does not cede to the problems with Azerbaijan on the NKR.
28.04.2010“THE PRESERVATION OF THE ARMENIAN IDENTITY IN MIXED MARRIAGES” THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL CONFERENCE
On April 25-26 “The Preservation of the Armenian Identity in Mixed Marriages” theoretical and practical conference took place. It was arranged by the Ministry of Diaspora of the RA with the assistance of National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan State University and “Noravank” Foundation.
26.04.2010TURKEY: DAVUTOGLU'S TO-DO LIST
Following his trip to the United States, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu traveled to Azerbaijan April 19, after which he will travel to Iran. Though Ankara and Washington are pursuing a fresh diplomatic attempt to simultaneously restore Turkish-Armenian ties and resolve territorial differences between Azerbaijan and Armenia, they will continue to face heavy resistance from both Baku and Moscow in their efforts. Meanwhile, Turkey will use the Armenian-Azerbaijan dispute to involve Iran in another regional affair, thereby showing Ankara’s capacity as a potential mediator between the United States and Iran.
23.04.2010ISRAELI SCHOLAR ASSAILS ISRAEL’S DENIAL OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
By Harut Sassounian
An important international symposium on “Armenia-Turkey: How to Normalize Relations,” was held in Paris on April 14. It was organized by the French Bureau of the Armenian Cause and the Armenian National Committee of France.
22.04.2010ARMENOCIDE: HISTORICAL PRECEDENT OF THE CLASH OF THE CIVILIZATIONS (genesis, evolution, outcome)
In this article the Armenocide is presented against the background of the clash of the civilizations. The reference to the assessments of the Armenian Genocide as a grave crime against “the humanity and civilization” (24 May, 1915), as Holocost (1918), are made. The essence of the Turkish (Ottoman, Kemalist) strategy of carrying out and denial of the Genocide is defined.
19.04.2010INCREASING OF THE ROLE OF THE SOCIAL NETWORKS ON THE MEDIA FIELD
Today the conceptual change of the network media connections is taking place. In recent years the search engines, which, in fact, became dominant in the sphere of the information dissemination, have been the key factor for spreading information. For the owners of the web-sites the main factor of entering the information field was and is the dominance in the search engines on the relevant request. At the same time the tendency is exhibited towards the re-formatting of the information field and shift of the dominance in favour of the social networks.
15.04.2010ROADMAP TO NOWHERE OR NEW DELAY TACTIC: GENOCIDE RECOGNITION IN 2015?
By Harut Sassounian
Faced with deadlock in ratifying the Armenia-Turkey Protocols, the major powers are desperately looking for a face-saving way out of the current dilemma. France, Russia and the United States have invested far too much time and effort to walk away from the negotiated and signed, but not ratified, "deal of the century."
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