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About Michael Mensoian (61 Articles)
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.
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Artsakh: A Zero Sum Solution Weighted in Favor of Azerbaijan

Special for the Armenian Weekly We seem to overlook the fact that the ongoing negotiations concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict (as it is commonly referred to) has been set-up to yield a zero sum solution favoring Azerbaijan. From the very beginning, the Madrid Principles that set the [more...]

July 16, 2014 // 20 Comments

Turks today enjoy economic power built in part on the massive amount of expropriated wealth taken from Armenians and on land depopulated of Armenians. Not only has the wealth been passed down through the generations, it has been the basis for further economic development. This gain has been matched by the increasing loss of not only the initial wealth and land, but all the economic gains that would have been made with it by Armenians.

Turkey and Genocide Recognition: A Candid Assessment

Here we are within one year of an historic milestone in our quest for justice. It is now 99 years since the Ottoman-Turkish government unleashed the genocide that slaughtered some 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women, and children. A genocide that uprooted another 500,000 from their ancestral [more...]

June 9, 2014 // 19 Comments

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Opening…for Dynamic Leader, Consensus Builder

Able to Inspire and Work with Diverse Groups Armenia reminds me of an idyllic lake. The feel-good news that comes from Armenia is eagerly accepted because we want our country to succeed, but like the placid surface of the lake, the good news hides the turbulence that lies below. There has to come a [more...]

May 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

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 // 8 Comments

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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 // 31 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

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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 // 51 Comments

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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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