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On the Possibility of War in Artsakh

I agree with the opinion expressed many times that, when it comes to Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the policies which Ilham Aliyev follows are based largely on domestic factors. Ilham, as his father, belongs to that school of politicians for which only power is sacrosanct, bringing about possibilities of pocketing immense sums with such status. Accordingly, it is from this perspective that one must examine the possibility of Aliev unleashing war on the Artsakh front. suite

Getting This Wrong Will Be Unforgivable

Vartan Oskanian
We are at a crossroads in our history. We have on the table the first bilateral document that the independent sovereign Republic of Armenia intends to sign with the Republic of Turkey. This is an unprecedented process that is far-reaching and irreversible.Yet, the debate on the issue is going in the wrong direction. more

Time to Take Stock  

Vartan Oskanian
Turkish-Armenian relations have to be viewed on two levels: process and content.
It’s probably natural to think that to achieve progress in content, a process must take place. But not in the case of Turkish-Armenian relations. For Turkey, the process itself has always been an end, not a means. On the one hand, Turks clearly realize their conditions -- that Armenia abandon international efforts at genocide recognition, explicitly abandon territorial claims of Turkey, and concede on the Nagorno Karabakh issue, even partially -- would be unacceptable for Armenia. more

The Fundamentals of Armenian Identity 

Armen Ayvazyan
In the current most complex period of development of Armenia and the Armenians, the problem of the Armenian identity represents not only an academic interest but has a serious practical significance. A strong national identity is a strategic asset in the process of building and strengthening a nation-state, while the dilution of national identity by no means facilitates but, moreover, hinders the consolidation of the individual and society around national goals and objectives. more


The Arbitral Award on Turkish-Armenian Boundary

Ara Papian
After the end of the WWI – during 1918-1923, five international treaties were signed on Turkish-Armenian boundary. Chronologically these treaties are : the Treaty of Sevres (August 10, 1920), the Treaty of Alexandropole (December 3, 1920), the Treaty of Moscow (March 16, 1921), the Treaty of Kars (October 13, 1921) and the Treaty of Lausanne (July 24, 1923). more

Some troubling comments by Robert Fisk 

Armen Ayvazyan
On August 28, 2007 Robert Fisk published one of his articles in The Independent on the Armenian Genocide. As in previous cases, this article too focused on the veracity of the fact of Genocide, denouncing Turkey, its politics of denialsim and the support it gets from political allies in the West. Fisk did it, as usual, robustly and emotionally. more 


Armenia cannot constantly "bluff" in the regional geopolitical game

interview of Armen Ayvazyan by Regnum
During the pre-election campaign the problem of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh – REGNUM) and the liberated territory of Armenia (the regions around Nagorno-Karabkh currently under Armenian control are implied - REGNUM) were practically left out from the discourse. more

Forgotten Guarantees of Armenia-Diaspora Efficient Cooperation

 by Armen Ayvasian. Today, when the 15th anniversary of Armenia's independence is celebrated and the third Armenia- Diaspora forum starts in Yerevan, it is time to assess once again the current state and development prospects of Armenia-Diaspora relations.  It should be noted with regret that the ideological, organizational and financial bases for Armenia- Diaspora efficient cooperation have not been created yet. more

Pres. Kocharian Says Today’s Turkey Is Responsible for the Genocide 

by Harut Sassounian. In the vain hope of splitting the Diaspora from Armenia, Turkish officials have been making self-delusional statements. They have repeatedly claimed that Diaspora Armenians are the ones pushing for demands from Turkey, while the people of Armenia supposedly just want to live in peace with their Turkish neighbors. (More)

Provocation from Tbilisi

by Edmon Azadian. Armenian-Georgian relations can at best be defined in love-hate terms. During the Soviet period inter-ethnic tensions were muted down and even the people living in the Caucasuses were forced to claim to be brothers. But deep down animosities simmered and with the collapse of the Soviet Union they became full-blown hatred. (More...) 

Armenia on Verge of War: It Is Reality to Be Taken into Account 

by Armen Ayvazyan. The coming Washington meeting of co-chairs of the OSCE MG on settlement of the Karabakh conflict, especially after the Rambouillet failure, becomes a central topic of discussion of politicians and media. Azerbaijan increases anti-Armenian propaganda, especially during Vladimir Putin's stay in Baku, trying to gain Moscow support in settlement of the Karabakh issue. Director of Pan-Armenian Commonwealth NGO, Doctor of political science Armen Ayvazyan comments on the situation and some aspects of Armenia’s national security at the instance of a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter. see more

Moscow Sacrifices Armenia to Destroy Georgia

by  Asim Oku, AIA Turkish and Caucasian section

Russia continues to kindle nationalist moods among Armenians of Samtskhe-Javakheti in Georgia. The purpose of Moscow is to shatter and weaken Georgia as much as possible, and for the sake of it the Kremlin is ready to sacrifice its only ally on Caucasus - Armenia. As for Armenia, the conflict to Georgia over the Armenian enclave is fraught with a political disaster. more

The Tsunami counterattack

The prominent Turkish journalist Ali Birand had predicted that the 90th commemorative year of the Armenian genocide would turn into a political tsunami for Turkey and warned his government and the media to be prepared for a counterattack. Indeed, Turkey was well prepared to weather the raging tsunami. see more

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