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Armenian Review Revamps Website, Co-Sponsors Panel Discussions

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“The Armenian Review,” an academic peer-reviewed journal featuring articles by highly acclaimed academicians, has revamped its website to include indexes of past issues, including those from the first published volumes. The Review has also been active in co-sponsoring panel discussions with participants from various academic institutions.

Its editorial staff has begun to compile a full index of its issues since the first volume, which was published in 1948. Each index listing breaks down the volume summaries by issue and includes the article name as well as the name of the author. While there are some issues missing from the index list, the complete list will be completed by the end of this year.

“It is essential that the full index of all of the Armenian Review’s volumes be made available online in order to generate a renewed interest in the enlightening scholarly papers that have revealed countless important aspects of Armenians’ long, often turbulent history, Armenia’s geopolitical standing, and more importantly, the Armenian psyche,” said Dr. Asbed Kotchikian, the editor in chief of the Armenian Review and a lecturer in political science at Bentley University.

“We also aim to digitize the Armenian Review archives as soon as possible with the goal of preserving them for future generations, the logistics of which we are still evaluating,” he said.

Deals have already been signed to make future issues of the Review available online from educational printing services and research databases such as Ebsco and Gale. This will allow researchers almost immediate access to scholarly articles published in the Review from virtually any location where an internet connection is provided.

Since the start of 2009, the Armenian Review has co-sponsored two panel discussions. “Subjects and Citizens: (Un)Even Relations between Turks, Kurds, Armenians,” was organized in partnership with the global studies department at Bentley University and took place in April. The panel’s participants discussed various issues related to the historic and modern relations between Armenians, Turks, and Kurds.

Most recently on Aug. 6, a panel discussion titled “Armenia’s Foreign Policy on Two Fronts: Recent Developments in Nagorno-Karabagh and Turkey-Armenia Relations,” was held at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center in Belmont, Mass. The panelists discussed recent developments related to the resolution of the Karabagh conflict and Armenia’s relations with Turkey. The panelists included Kotchikian, Dr. Levon Chorbajian, and Dr. Henry Theriault.

Several more panel discussions and forums will be co-sponsored by the Review in the coming months. Its next issue, scheduled for publishing in September 2009, will be entirely dedicated to topics related to civil society. Two more issues are planned for the next six months, including a special issue reflecting on the 60th anniversary of the journal.

The Armenian Review was first published in 1948 by the Hairenik Press and soon became a leading quarterly journal featuring mainly academic papers written by some of the most respected scholars and experts on Armenian historical, social, political, and cultural affairs. The Review currently appears twice a year.

While the newly revamped website of the Armenian Review (www.armenianreview.org) is still undergoing changes and upgrades, it is possible for interested individuals to purchase subscriptions or pay for back issues through PayPal.

To contact Kotchikian, email editor@armenianreview.org. For subscriptions and back issues, email orders@armenianreview.org.

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