Articles by Michael Mensoian

About Michael Mensoian (84 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.

Armenia and Artsakh, Post-2018: Do We Have Reason to Be Concerned?

Special for the Armenian Weekly We are only months away from the a presidential election (slated for March 2018) and the beginning of a new system of governance for Armenia. How well it will respond to the many socioeconomic problems that have been created and allowed to fester under the executive [more...]

December 19, 2017 // 3 Comments

Zaruhi and Domestic Violence in Armenia Revisited

Special to the Armenian Weekly  A little over seven years ago, Zaruhi Petrosyan met her death as a result of domestic violence. Her horrific demise brought to the public’s attention a problem that many knew existed but never confronted. I will not recount the physical violence and emotional [more...]

October 31, 2017 // 8 Comments

How Realpolitik Affects Artsakh (And What We Must Do)

Special to the Armenian Weekly In the 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide and the subversion of the First Armenian Republic, we have witnessed the implosion of the Soviet Union; the founding of the second free and independent Armenian Republic, in 1991; and the creation of the de [more...]

August 25, 2017 // 5 Comments

Mensoian: The Changing Significance of April 24

From the Armenian Weekly 2017 Magazine Dedicated to the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Neither the Hamidian Massacres (1894-96) nor the Adana Massacre (1909) provided an apocalyptic vision of what the future held for the Armenian people in the Ottoman Turkish Empire. These days were [more...]

May 8, 2017 // 7 Comments

Artsakh: One Year After the April War

  Special for the Armenian Weekly One year ago, Azerbaijan launched a full-scale military offensive against the Artsakh Republic along the Line of Contact (LoC). Failure by the command structure to heed the available intelligence credits the Azerbaijani forces with a surprise attack that not [more...]

March 31, 2017 // 10 Comments

‘Tzur Nstink, Shitak Khosink’: Talking Straight About Artsakh

    Special for the Armenian Weekly It has been more than two decades since the ceasefire created the de facto state of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh Republic). During this same time-frame we have been forced to depend upon Russia as our principal proponent and supplier of military [more...]

February 16, 2017 // 16 Comments

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

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