‘Artsakh: From Liberation To Statehood’ Conference Brings Together Over 400 Community Members

Panelist are Dr. Razmig Shirinian, Dr. Ara Papian and Davit Ishkhanian

GLENDALE—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western Region Central Committee in cooperation with the Glendale Community College Armenian Student Association organized a conference last week entitled: “Artsakh: From Liberation to Statehood”, that brought together over 400 community members.

The all-day Conference took place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Glendale College Auditorium featuring a host of knowledgeable panelists that discussed various relevant topics pertaining to Artsakh.  The conference consisted of three panel sessions.

The first panel included, Dr. Antranig Kasbarian (NJ) and Dr. Alina Dorian (LA), moderated by Vache Thomassian and discussed “The Ongoing Quest for Self-Determination and Impact on Future Generations.”

The second panel explored “Debates, Claims, Revisionisms – Azerbaijani Theories of Ethno-genesis and Their Impact on Artsakh”, and featured panelists Rouben Galichian (UK) and Dr. Stephan Astourian (Berkeley) moderated by Dr. Levon Marashlian. 

The third panel reviewed “The Independence of Artsakh: A Path With No Return”, and featured panelists Davit Ishkhanian (Artsakh) and Ara Papian (Armenia), moderated by Dr. Razmig Shirinian.

The conference’s powerful message relayed the importance of a healthy population, understanding the needs of our fellow Armenians, a history of our liberated territories, distortion of Azerbaijan’s historical claims, presentation of archived maps that outlined Artsakh’s territorial integrity, the public relations campaign set forth by Azaerbaijan, self-determination of the people of Artsakh, and various sub-topics. 

The Artsakh Conference reminded those in attendance of our collective responsibility in assisting our homeland with the tools, resources, security, and education needed to ensure a viable future.

“Artsakh has always been and will unequivocally be a priority for all of us.

“Artsakh is an integral part of Armenia and our generation stands together in support of freedom, security and prosperity for the people of Artsakh,” said organizing committee member Vache Thomassian.

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  1. Aram Balian said:

    I could say this was the best academic conference since last 10 years> May thanks for all organizers, lecturters and participants. Bravo

    Furthermore, i look forward more academic conference such this involving other sectors as well taking in account of antropology, sociology and socio-economic subjects.

    Thank you again

  2. gary_s said:

    Why did we stop there? Why didn’t we take their oil rigs in Baku? Then the world would bend over backwards for us. Nothing belongs to Azeris. They’ll have to go to Mongolia to find anything that belongs to them. Perhaps some yuts there.