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About Michael Mensoian (73 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.
'We Are Our Mountains" (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 change.org 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

President Sarkisian and Gagik Tsarukyan (Photo: Slaq.am)

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

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