Following a long tradition of publishing non-thematic issues, the latest volume of the Armenian Review—released in March—follows two thematic publications and includes four scholarly articles and a number of book reviews and review essays.
The issue starts with a discussion by Ara Sanjian on the challenges, limitations, and opportunities confronting historians conducting in-depth research about the Armenia Revolutionary Federation (ARF). The article provides a survey of the limited materials available to scholars about the ARF—whether academic research or personal memoirs. Also highlighted is the need for the comprehensive use of archival material to be able to map, narrate, and evaluate the history of the ARF, especially its post-1924 activities in the diaspora.
Another piece, authored by Bedross Der Matossian, is a comprehensive survey of the archival material at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Der Matossian offers a brief survey of the archives available at various locations before providing a detailed account of the material available at the Patriarchate. He then offers an accounting of the archives based on sub-themes and time periods. This piece is the first public examination and analysis of the material related to the Armenian Genocide at the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
The third piece is a collaborative effort by Katy E. Pearce, Howard Giles, Christopher Hajek, Valerie Barker, and Charles Choi, and is an intriguing comparison of the attitudes of citizens in Armenia and the United States toward their respective police forces. The research not only looks into the attitudes of citizens but also attempts to measure the respect and trust that citizens in each country have toward their law enforcement agencies. The piece is based on a detailed theoretical framework and provides insight into relations between community and law enforcement in each country.
The fourth piece, penned by Armen Baibourtian, is a hybrid of academic research and the personal accounts of a diplomat. As Armenia’s first ambassador to India, Baibourtian has been able to directly observe and formulate bilateral relations between the two countries. The article provides a brief historical background before focusing on the continually increasing levels of cooperation between Yerevan and New Delhi, in the process highlighting some of the strategic priorities of the newly established Republic of Armenia during its earliest years.
As the Armenian Review approaches its 65th anniversary, the editorial team expresses its firm commitment to a similarly productive future for the journal. The digitization of all past issues is underway, and the initial stages of that work have already been completed. The wealth of resources that 60 years’ worth of issues constitutes is monumental. To support this effort and for more information, e-mail the editor at [email protected]
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