Articles by Michael Mensoian

About Michael Mensoian (75 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.
Sarkisian addressing the crowd on Aug. 1

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

NKR Servicemen in Shushi (Photo: Araz Chiloyan)

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

'We Are Our Mountains' monument (Photo: Araz Boghossian)

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

A scene from the commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide (Photo: Anahid Kaprielian)

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

‘Yereq himq yev ankyunaqar’ (‘The three pillars and the cornerstone’), oil on canvas by Meruzhan Khachatryan*, featuring ARF founders Stepan Zorian, Kristapor Mikaelian, and Simon Zavarian.

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 // 3 Comments

European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD, ANC of Europe) has initiated a petition and is urging active participation to prevent the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe from adopting pro-Azerbaijani resolutions that can hinder the Nagorno-Karabagh peace process.

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

Sept. 2 marked the 24th anniversary of Nagorno-Karabagh's (Artsakh) independence

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

Photo: Samson Martirosyan

Mensoian: Looking Beyond 2015 (Part II)

Special for the Armenian Weekly “Part I: Looking Beyond 2015” was an overview of the several changes that must be addressed during the post-Centennial period. The most critical issue was the reformation of Armenia’s dysfunctional market place. It is counter-productive to be concerned with [more...]

August 19, 2015 // 10 Comments

A scene from the Armenian Genocide commemoration in Times Square (photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Mensoian: Looking Beyond 2015 (Part I)

Special for the Armenian Weekly Within a few months, the Centennial year observances will become part of history. These observances represented the devotion of a nation to memorialize the murder of some 1.5 million innocent men, women, and children during the Armenian Genocide by the [more...]

August 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

(photo: Rupen Janbazian)

Remembrance and the Demand for Justice Are Inseparable

  This year marks both the Centennial observance of the Armenian Genocide and the beginning of the post-2015 period. It is to be expected that our Centennial year observances will elicit frenetic efforts by the Turkish leadership to intensify and expand their policy of outright fabrication of [more...]

April 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

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