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About Michael Mensoian (78 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.

Mensoian: Aliyev’s ‘Catch-22’ Dilemma

Special for the Armenian Weekly On the one hand, Armenians both inside and outside Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) have been hard at work rebuilding and strengthening the country. Its soldiers—some of whom have made the supreme sacrifice—protect the fledgling state against continuing Azerbaijani [more...]

January 9, 2017 // 13 Comments

Why A Second Generation Armenian-American Became a Dual Citizen

The Diaspora The survivors of the Ottoman Turkish genocide that took the lives of some 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children were left traumatized, destitute, malnourished, ill, and torn from family and friends. Yet wherever chance took them, they were able to lay the foundation that has [more...]

December 6, 2016 // 5 Comments

Have We Considered Our Response to a Pro-Azeri Solution?

While visiting Baku on Aug. 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wanted a solution to the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict where there would be no loser and no winner. Unfortunately, such a “nobody loses and nobody wins” solution where both sides benefit is an absolute impossibility. That is [more...]

November 8, 2016 // 36 Comments

A Response to President Sarkisian

On Aug. 1, President Serge Sarkisian held a meeting in the Presidential Palace, during which he responded to the take-over of a district police station in Yerevan by a group of activists or terrorists—depending on your point of view—as well as addressing a perceived misinterpretation of his [more...]

August 17, 2016 // 10 Comments

The Four-Day War and Other Serious Concerns

The latest agreement coming out of the St. Petersburg meeting between Presidents Serge Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev overseen by President Vladimir Putin is that the number of observers and sound monitoring systems will increase on the Line of Contact (LoC). This acceptance by President Aliyev that [more...]

August 10, 2016 // 5 Comments

Mensoian: Artsakh Is Our Nation’s 21st Century Sardarabad

The article below, authored by Armenian Weekly contributor Michael Mensoian and published on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the Liberation of Shushi, stresses the importance of defending the independence of Artsakh. “Some of our brothers and sisters have already given their lives on [more...]

May 9, 2016 // 9 Comments

Mensoian: The Challenge of the Post-Centennial Era

Special for the Armenian Weekly  The stiffest challenge facing us in the post-Centennial era is an international political environment that is less than receptive to our efforts. No one can foretell just how this hostile political landscape will evolve within the next 5, or 10, or more years, but [more...]

March 15, 2016 // 8 Comments

Mensoian: Recounting a Journey that Began in 1890

The Armenian Weekly Magazine Dec. 2015: The ARF at 125 What better way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) than by recounting its illustrious journey that began in Tiflis (Tbilisi) in 1890.When the ARF was founded, none could have foreseen the [more...]

March 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

Artsakh’s Independence or Azerbaijan’s Territorial Integrity?

Special for the Armenian Weekly Ilham Aliyev (Photo: Gundem Azerbaijan) How frustrating it must be for President Ilham Aliyev to command the largest military force in the south Caucasus and not be able to retake Artsakh. His oft-repeated threat to use his military if necessary has begun to ring [more...]

November 4, 2015 // 9 Comments

Artsakh at 24: A Reality Check

Sept. 2 marked the 24th anniversary of Nagorno-Karabagh’s (Artsakh) independence. This is a good time to take a reality check with respect to the situation in Artsakh. Since the ceasefire brokered by Russia in 1994, which brought the devastating war launched by the Azeris against the Artsakh [more...]

September 11, 2015 // 10 Comments

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