|On the Possibility of War in Artsakh - 26/06/2010|
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.
|Getting This Wrong Will Be Unforgivable - 8/09/2009|
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.
|Time to Take Stock - 9/05/2009|
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.
|THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ARMENIAN IDENTITY OR WHO IS AN ARMENIAN? - 6/12/2007|
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.
After all, who can be considered Armenian today? As sensitive as this question is, since it touches the feelings of millions of people (especially our compatriots abroad), answering it is imperative. For an adequate illustration of the topic let us first present the state of affairs that the Armenian nation finds itself in today.
|The Arbitral Award on Turkish-Armenian Boundary - 6/12/2007|
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). Due to the shortage of time I will not elaborate on these treaties. However you can find their legal examination in the book “Legal Bases for the Armenian Claims” on the web site www.wilsonforarmenia.am.
Due to final and binding character of the arbitral awards it seems the most appropriate to begin the elaboration of the legal instruments on Turkish-Armenian boundary with the most important document which derives from the Treaty of Sevres – The Arbitral Award of the President of the United States of America Woodrow Wilson, signed on November 22, 1920 : “Decision of the President of the United States of America respecting the Frontier between Turkey and Armenia, Access for Armenia to the Sea, and the Demilitarization of Turkish Territory adjacent to the Armenian Frontier.”
|Some troubling comments by Robert Fisk - 3/09/2007|
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.
I would have praised and applauded this article as another strong slap in the face of genocide denialism, if there were not very troubling comments by Fisk about the most recent history of Armenian-Turkish/Azerbaijani conflict, specifically regarding the war for the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijani colonialism.
|Armenia cannot constantly "bluff" - 8/06/2007|
|Forgotten Guarantees of Armenia-Diaspora Efficient Cooperation - 16/09/2006|
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.
In the ideological sense, the image of Armenia has been turned upside down. Armenia is no longer viewed by the Diaspora as the LAST SHELTER AND ONLY HOMELAND of the Armenians spread all over the world. Armenia is mostly viewed as a "disaster zone" that should be pitied and financially assisted. The perception and sense of homeland of the Armenians living in their homeland has been also distorted as a result of their upbringing in the Soviet time and those great sufferings they endured during the period of independence, as well as due to the Diaspora's position considering the idea of returning to homeland as unserious. The existence of a large and prosperous Diaspora contributes to emigration, because on the one hand, the Diaspora provides the Armenians living in homeland with a good example of how one can prosper outside Armenia, on the other hand, it makes it easier for them to find a job and get used to new conditions abroad. The Diaspora also gives a psychological self-justification to those who decided to live abroad while retaining elements of patriotism, providing them with a self-deceiving formula that "one can be of more use to homeland from there".
|Pres. Kocharian Says Today’s Turkey Is Responsible... - 11/05/2006|
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.
On April 24 of this year, high-ranking Armenian officials went out of their way to expose these Turkish distortions by taking a very tough stand vis-à-vis Turkey. In an official statement issued on the occasion of the 91st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Pres. Kocharian went far beyond anything he had said before on Turkish responsibility for the Armenian Genocide. For the first time, he blamed not only the Ottoman Empire for the Genocide, but also today’s Turkish Republic.
|Provocation from Tbilisi - 18/04/2006|
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.
|Armenia on Verge of War: It Is Reality to Be Taken into Account - 28/02/2006|
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.
|Moscow Sacrifices Armenia... - 24/10/2005|
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.
|The Tsunami counterattack - 28/06/2005|
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.