Articles by Michael Mensoian

About Michael Mensoian (69 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.
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 // 9 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

President Sarkisian and Gagik Tsarukyan (Photo:

L’affaire Tsarukian: A Mismatch from the Get-Go

Special for the Armenian Weekly A casual look at the Armenian political scene makes the following apparent: (1) Serge Sarkisian is the alpha male in the Armenian political “jungle.” (2) He is in absolute control (as the term “absolute” is generally understood). L’affaire [more...]

March 18, 2015 // 5 Comments

During the National Day observance, the Coalition moved from the abstract—simply naming victims—to displaying poster-size facial photos that allowed the public to realize that these victims were flesh-and-blood Armenian women.

Confronting Domestic Violence in Armenia

Special for the Armenian Weekly Try if you can to put yourself in the position of a battered woman who awakens each morning praying that she can go through the day without another confrontation. You still have bruises from the violent episodes that seem to arise out of nowhere, without reason. The [more...]

October 30, 2014 // 36 Comments

Maro Guloyan died at the age of 20. She had an infant child and was pregnant with her second baby. Activists say the marks on her neck indicate death by manual strangulation. The court accepted her husband’s claims that she committed suicide.

Domestic Violence in Armenia: An Ugly Crime Still Denied

Special for the Armenian Weekly Zaruhi Petrosyan was a young mother of a two-year-old infant girl when her life came to an end after an alleged fall down a flight of stairs. At the time, her husband claimed that the death had been an accident. However, her bruised and battered body attested to [more...]

September 25, 2014 // 66 Comments

Aliyev’s policy of securing short-term populist support, however, is clearly poised–if not somewhat intended–to exacerbate the already heavily tense relations with Yerevan.

Artsakh and President Aliyev’s Dilemma Revisited

Azeri incursions along the Line of Contact (LoC) during the past several weeks have escalated significantly in frequency and intensity. As would be expected, the Artsakh defenders have been more than able to protect their homeland against these blatant violations of the ceasefire agreement. The [more...]

August 30, 2014 // 16 Comments

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

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 // 21 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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