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Michael Mensoian, J.D./Ph.D, is professor emeritus in Middle East and political geography at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a retired major in the U.S. army. He writes regularly for the Armenian Weekly.
A scene from Junior Sergeant Armen Hovhannisyan’s funeral.

Reflections on the Killing of Junior Sergeant Armen L. Hovhannisyan

The Armenian Weekly March 2014 Magazine: Armenia’s Foreign Policy in Focus According to the Karabagh Ministry of Defense, Junior Sergeant Armen L. Hovhannisyan was killed on Jan. 20, 2014 repelling an Azeri force engaged in a probing action against Karabagh defensive positions along the Line of [more...]

April 3, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Presidential Palace in Yerevan

The Reality that Is Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly Now that a new year is here, maybe we can resolve to spend some time thinking about what is happening in and to Armenia. We can recall the joy and the pride we felt when the second free and independent Republic of Armenia was declared in 1991 (please don’t [more...]

January 29, 2014 // 50 Comments

Ever since the 1994 ceasefire brought a semblance of peace to Artsakh, its people have made great strides in democratic self-governance and in rebuilding and improving the economic and social infrastructure wantonly destroyed by Azerbaijan during the Karabagh War.  (Photo by Arevik Danielian)

Artsakh’s Prospects for the Future

Special to the Armenian Weekly Ever since the 1994 ceasefire brought a semblance of peace to Artsakh, its people have made great strides in democratic self-governance and in rebuilding and improving the economic and social infrastructure wantonly destroyed by Azerbaijan during the Karabagh War. [more...]

January 5, 2014 // 30 Comments

Christmas tree on Renaissance Square in Stepanakert (Photo by Arevik Danielian, The Armenian Weekly)

The Year 2014: Hope for Change or Same Old, Same Old?

Welcoming a new year is a joyous occasion. It offers the opportunity for a fresh start. Unfortunately, there are times when the “baggage” of the old year has to be dragged along, condemning us to the same old, same old for another year. Christmas tree on Renaissance Square in [more...]

December 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Photo by Artur Iskenderian

Is This How Our Free and Independent Armenia Should Be?

Let’s begin by saying that we are proud to have a free and independent Armenia. That our country has been able to survive a brutal baptism, overcoming the devastating Spitak earthquake in 1988 during the waning days of the Soviet Union and the catastrophic collapse of its economy when the [more...]

November 2, 2013 // 47 Comments

Photo by Artur Iskenderian

Mensoian: Business as Usual at 26 Baghramian Avenue

If anything, Raffi Hovanissian should be commended for re-entering the political wars . Unfortunately, little has changed during the intervening months since the presidential elections in February 2013. The opposition political parties are still committed to a let’s-wait-and-see-what-happens [more...]

September 25, 2013 // 3 Comments

Christmas tree on Renaissance Square in Stepanakert (Photo by Arevik Danielian, The Armenian Weekly)

Mensoian: Maybe Artsakh’s Time Has Come

Seldom does the Sarkisian Administration do anything that elicits a favorable comment. However, the apparent shift in President Sarkisian’s approach to reclaiming our historic Western Armenia lands was a distinct surprise, and long overdue. Evidently the prosecutor general of Armenia, Aghvan [more...]

July 31, 2013 // 35 Comments

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Helsinki Principles Ignore Artsakh’s Right to Independence

Helsinki Principles Ignore Artsakh’s Right to Independence In an aside to the June 17-18 meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) Industrialized Nations in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Presidents Barack Obama (U.S.), Vladimir Putin (Russian Federation), and Francois Hollande (France) reaffirmed [more...]

June 27, 2013 // 10 Comments

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Mensoian: ‘Medz Hayrik,’ Why Are You So Sad?

Well, Armen, you remember the election for president and the election for the city council that took place here in Yerevan. I do, medz hayrik [grandfather]. I walked with you to the polling place. That you did, my Armen. Well, we have gone through a sad and disappointing 10 weeks—70 days to be [more...]

June 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

Genocide survivors on Times Square this April. (Photo by Harry Koundakjian)

Mensoian: One Man’s Thoughts on April 24

The Armenian Weekly April 2013 Magazine This year will mark the 98th anniversary of the genocide of the Armenian nation by the Ottoman-Turkish government. During the waning days of the Great War (World War I), this barbaric plan, which actually began in the fall of 1914, erupted on April 24, 1915 [more...]

May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

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