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The ignored but never forgotten Armenian Genocide

April 24, 2021, will be the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.  Do the right thing On inauguration day, January 20, 2021, I wrote and published an open letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. congratulating him for his service to our nation and wishing him success. I also took the opportunity to remind him of his lifelong…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day; Story of Survival and Resilience

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”   Nelson Mandela On this International Women's Day, I celebrate all resilient women. I dedicate this blog post to my grandmother and my daughter, who make every day meaningful for entirely different reasons.  My grandmother's story My paternal grandmother…

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Open letter: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Dear Mr. President, a heartfelt congratulations on your inauguration. Today as Americans, we celebrate our democracy and the peaceful transition of power from one administration to the other. While Americans remain very divided on their political views, I hope and pray that constitutionally they are gratified today in seeing you assume this responsibility for all…

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Tolerate or not to tolerate, that is the question

January 6, 2021, was Epiphany on the Christian religious calendar. For Armenians around the globe, also known as Christmas. Unfortunately, however, it was also a day of utmost disappointment and outrage for this American Armenian lawyer, who values the rule of law, tolerance, freedom, and democracy. Someone uprooted from his ancestral land based on intolerance…

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Yerevan 2800

“Never Again!” A call to complete and effective action

A New Year is the perfect time to focus on what is essential. "Never Again" is not just a slogan but a call to action, more so today than ever for Armenians worldwide. Armenia and Armenians must unite on a national strategy to preserve their identity, culture, and faith. This action must be calculated, planned,…

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Teaching in Armenia

Time to Govern and Strategize for a better Armenia and Artsakh

The cease-fire in the Caucasus is not a recipe for long-lasting peace. If history taught us anything, the cease-fire of 1994 gave Azerbaijan 26 years to regroup, learn, organize, and strategize. Armenia and Artsakh do not have the same 26 years' luxury, but only five years to accomplish the same goals.  The dreadful and ill-conceived…

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The Perfect Storm Devoured Artsakh

In the policy world, we often mention the importance of a "perfect storm." The alignment of various interests and actors to create or change policy.  In my previous article, I highlighted "Russia's betrayal of Armenia, her ally," and the silence from the EU, which left "Armenia to fend for herself against Azerbaijan, Turkey, Pakistan, and…

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Want to be a better leader? Learn, practice, and reflect

More than ever, leaders in public and nonprofit organizations are pressed for time and energy as they are being called upon to solve problems and meet challenges while having fewer and fewer resources on which to draw. In today’s chaotic environment, local government leaders must find ways to be more effective. And while it may…

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Charles Aznavour

A solemn week as we bury our heroes and remember

In my article next week, I will discuss Russia's brutal and opportunistic lesson in the Caucasus. Russia's betrayal of Armenia, her ally, is consistent with what Russia did in Georgia and Ukraine. I will also explore why the EU left Armenia to fend for herself against Azerbaijan, Turkey, Pakistan, and mercenaries collected from Syria and…

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Time to reflect on Artsakh and Fight on!

This week's article on my Faculty Blog page was going to be on the era of peace and justice under President Woodrow Wilson and the importance of self-determination for nations. However, yesterday's events made me change course to express my pain and the pain of our students of Armenian heritage at USC. After six weeks…

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