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After the Second Karabakh War: Reenvisioning the Diaspora

After the Second Karabakh War: Reenvisioning the Diaspora

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The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA and the Armenian Students' Association at UCLA present a webinar with Drs. Vicken Cheterian and Razmik Panossian on refining issues pertaining to the Armenian diaspora following the recent war in Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh. The conversation will have a Q&A component and will be moderated by Arman Antonyan, president of the Armenian Students' Association at UCLA.

Monday, March 29, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)

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Since the Soviet Armenia-diaspora thaw in the 1960s and especially Armenia's independence in 1991, Armenia has been a homeland for the Armenian diaspora, if not "the" homeland. In recent decades, the recognition of the independence of the Artsakh/Nagorno-Karabakh Republic has became a primary concern in the diasporan political agenda. In the wake of the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, the Armenian diaspora is in both mourning and reflection. The Armenian defeat has shaken confidence in the core beliefs, strategies, and institutions that have crystallized in the diaspora over the past century.

In this discussion, Drs. Cheterian and Panossian will explore the future of such issues as strategies in the diaspora (political, economic, or socio-cultural), diaspora-Armenia relations, and the vitality of Armenian diaspora communities. The central question of the discussion is, how can the Armenian diaspora reenvision itself and its role in the face of new realities?


VICKEN CHETERIAN is Lecturer in History and International Relations at University of Geneva and at Webster University Geneva. He holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). He has worked as a war reporter, and later in conflict resolution, before becoming university lecturer. He has written on armed conflicts in the post-Soviet space, as well as Middle East and North Africa. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals on revolutions, transition, environment and security, media and development, genocide, nationalism, and Islamism. His articles have  appeared in Nationalities Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, Central Asian Survey, Relations Internationales, Survival, among others. He is the author of War and Peace in the Caucasus, Russia’s Troubled Frontier (Hurst and Columbia University Press), and Open Wounds, Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide (Hurst and Oxford University Press).



RAZMIK PANOSSIAN received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also taught on the subjects of nationalism, ethnic conflict, post-Soviet transition/democratisation, and comparative politics. He has lectured at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). In 2004, he assumed the position of Director of Policy, Programs and Planning at the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, a Canadian federal institution devoted to the promotion of democracy and human rights around the world. Since 2013 Dr. Panossian has been Director of the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. He co-edited the volume Nationalism and History: The Politics of Nation Building in Post-Soviet Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars (Columbia University Press/Hurst & Co., 2006).



Sponsor(s): Armenian Students' Association at UCLA