Author Archives: Ara Khachatourian

Peter Balakian Discusses Journey Through Armenian Golgotha

Author Peter Balakian describes Armenian Golgotha, the translation of his great-uncle Rev. Grigoris Balakian’s first person account of the Armenian Genocide as the most comprehensive memoir of the Armenian Genocide. During a recent visit to Glendale Community College as part of a book tour organized by Facing History and Ourselves, Asbarez Editor Ara Khachatourian caught up with the author. Below is the interview.

Bryza Says ‘Territories’ will be Returned, New ‘Status’ for Karabakh

The US Co-chair of the OSCE Minks Group, Matthew Bryza, announced Monday that the liberated territories surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will be turned over to Azerbaijan with plans to resettle those areas with so-called Azeri refugees and that Karabakh will be granted a new status, the nature of which is the subject of negotiations.

Nalbandian Shuts Out the Press

Requests to interview Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian while he was in Washington were denied. This is most troubling, especially at a time when flow of information from official Yerevan is so little, that we, in the business, are forced to decipher through propaganda-laced news reports from Turkey and Azerbaijan to make sense of this so-called “roadmap” to normalization of ties between Turkey and Armenia.

What Happens Next?

The timing of the now-infamous “Roadmap” announced last Wednesday by the foreign ministries of Armenia, Turkey and Switzerland not only cast a dark cloud over April 24 commemorations around the world and in Armenia, but also put in motion political events, the results of which may, in the long run, hurt Armenia and Armenians and

Aliyev Eyes Lachin as Erdogan Says No Deal Without Karabakh

Following meetings with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Saturday told the Russian state-run television that while he understood the importance of a land link between Armenia and Nagrono-Karabakh, he envisioned the Lachin corridor to become a crossing path for both Armenians and Azeris alike following the final resolution of the

Crisis Group Issues Blueprint for Further Crisis

The International Crisis Group, a think tank that dispenses suggestions on conflict resolutions around the world, issued a report Tuesday entitled “Turkey and Armenia: Opening Minds, Opening Borders,” in which it offers recommendation to Turkey and Armenia on opening of borders and what it calls reconciliation. The 40-plus-page report is more of a blueprint for

Washington Abuzz like Never Before

The nation’s capital is abuzz with activity, excitement and sheer anticipation of the Presidential Inauguration. A visitor from Central New York called it a "happy place," while one Virginia resident said she had not seen the city like this "ever." To walk around the city is like participating in a national celebration. The laughter and