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Nagorno-Karabakh: Potential consequences of a small war
October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Back in 1921, Joseph Stalin gave the region of Karabakh to Azerbaijan for political reasons even though the region has been over 90% Armenian. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the late eighties, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh pressed for more rights and also independence. Fighting then broke out with the Armenians taking over Karabakh and parts of Azerbaijan proper.
Since that time there has been efforts by the Minsk Group, which the United States is a part of, to bring about a solution, but those efforts have not brought about a peace settlement.
On September 27th Azerbaijan with the help of Turkey invaded Karabakh, and there has been heavy fighting since. There is a real fear that this war could lead to a wider war with larger powers becoming involved and the possibility of ethnic cleansing.
The webinar with cover both history and present situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Our speakers are David Phillips from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and Aram Arkun, who is a specialist in modern Armenian history. Sponsored by the Middle East Working Group of Massachusetts Peace Action. Register to attend.
David L. Phillips is currently Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and as a foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State. He has held positions as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies, executive director of Columbia University’s International Conflict Resolution Program, director of the Program on Conflict Prevention and Peace-building at the American University, Associate Professor at New York University’s Department of Politics, and as a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He has also been a senior fellow and deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, director of the European Centre for Common Ground, project director at the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo, president of the Congressional Human Rights Foundation, and executive director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation. Mr. Phillips is author of From Bullets to Ballots: Violent Muslim Movements in Transition (Transaction Press, 2008), Losing Iraq: Inside the Postwar Reconstruction Fiasco (Perseus Books, 2005), Unsilencing the Past: Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation (Berghahn Books, 2005). He has also authored many policy reports, as well as more than 100 articles in leading publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, and Foreign Affairs.
Aram Arkun is the Executive Director of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the US and Canada, based in Boston, and Assistant Editor of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, a weekly English-language newspaper. He is a specialist in modern Armenian history who has published a number of articles on the Armenians of Cilicia, and other Ottoman and Iranian Armenian topics, as well as translations of books and articles from Armenian, French and Turkish. Formerly the Coordinator of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and editor of the quarterly English-language Armenian periodical Ararat published by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Arkun is a Princeton University graduate (B.A.), with a master’s degree in international relations (University of Pennsylvania), and a C.Phil. from UCLA. He has taught courses at New York University, UCLA, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.