The Near East Relief ID of orphaned Armenian Genocide survivor Aharon Meguerditchian

Seeking to be Armenian

An initiative introduced by the Armenian government to stop the reduction in numbers of its citizenry was the law of dual citizenship. The law which came into effect in 2008 ensured that while large numbers of Armenians continued to leave the country in search of a better life, they did not need to [more...]

April 14, 2014 // 4 Comments

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Armenia-EU Relations: ‘What Shall We Do?’

On Sept. 3, 2013, following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Serge Sarkisian unexpectedly announced Armenia’s intention to join the Russian-led Customs Union (CU) comprised of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. In both Armenia and abroad, the decision was perceived as a [more...]

April 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

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 Weekly thanks Missak Kelechian for providing this photograph of Sourp Giragos upon reading this article online.

The Four Shades of Turkey, and the Armenians

Like a cell dividing itself into two, then each new cell further dividing into two, Turkey keeps being divided. Although divisions always existed, they remained mostly suppressed, until now. In this article, I will outline the old and new divisions in Turkey, and the Turks’ perception of us [more...]

April 2, 2014 // 7 Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, Armenia, on Dec. 2, 2013. (Photo:

Farewell to Complementarity: Armenia’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroad

The Armenian Weekly March 2014 Magazine: Armenia’s Foreign Policy in Focus In an interview with in June 20121, Armenia’s deputy foreign minister, Shavarsh Kocharyan, defined the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and ensured that regional security was Armenia’s top foreign [more...]

April 1, 2014 // 19 Comments

President Serge Sargsyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Yerevan in Dec., 2013. (Photo:

Armenia’s Emerging New Foreign Policy

The Armenian Weekly March 2014 Magazine: Armenia’s Foreign Policy in Focus Ukraine has been in the spotlight of the international media since President Viktor Yanukovich announced1 the suspension of the Association Agreement with the EU, just a week before it was due to be signed in Vilnius, [more...]

March 31, 2014 // 15 Comments

The new Global Forest Watch website shines a spotlight on global tree loss (Source:

What Does the New Global Forest Watch Website Show for Armenia?

Last month’s launch of the Global Forest Watch ( website was big news. Google, World Resources Institute, and a few dozen other partners are part of the effort. The site allows users to monitor deforestation in “near real time.” The big takeaway: global tree cover [more...]

March 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

The 'apology'

When Even ‘Terrorists’ Acknowledge Their Crimes

Special for The Armenian Weekly For the past three years, Syrians have been terrorized by the ongoing conflict between the government and the various factions of the opposition. The destruction is staggering: 150,000 dead, 9 million displaced (refugees and IDPs), 3 million homes damaged, and half [more...]

March 21, 2014 // 12 Comments

A boy holds a poster that reads, "No to the Turkish preconditions," during a demonstration organized by the ARF in Yerevan, in Jan. 2010. (Photo: Inna Mekhitarian-Hairenik/Armenian Weekly)

All Quiet on the Western Front?

Another look at the Armeno-Turkish protocols, and where we stand today The Armenian Weekly March 2014 Magazine: Armenia’s Foreign Policy in Focus IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY when Armenians worldwide loudly condemned the protocols signed by Armenia and Turkey, which ostensibly sought to normalize [more...]

March 20, 2014 // 3 Comments


Letter: Remembering Unger Sarkis Zeitlian

Dear Editor, On March 28, 1985 in the midst of the Lebanese civil war, unger Sarkis Zeitlian was abducted in Beirut, Lebanon, and disappeared from the face of the earth. His body was never found, and his abductors were neither identified not prosecuted. This was and still is very disheartening as [more...]

March 20, 2014 // 6 Comments

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