ASA: Armenian Students Association

Rocky Road of Armenian-Turkish Normalization
Date: Thursday January 28th 2010  
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Nanor Kebranian
The Rocky Road of Armenian-Turkish Normalization: Before and after the Protocols with Dr. Arman Grigoryan

The Columbia University Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Center at Columbia University, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University present:


The Rocky Road of Armenian-Turkish Normalization:

Before and after the Protocols

with Dr. Arman Grigoryan


Date and Time: Thursday - January 28, 2010 at 6:30pm


Location: Columbia University (Morningside Campus)

Lindsay Rogers Common Room

International Affairs Building, Room 707

420 West 118th Street


Admission: Free and open to the public


About the event: The signing of the protocols on the establishment of diplomatic relations and the development of bilateral relations between Armenia and Turkey has been hailed as a watershed event.After all, the relationship between Armenians and Turks has been one of the most hostile relationships in the world since at least WWI.Therefore, the signing of the protocols was bound to generate some significant reactions, including predictable nationalist backlash.This presentation will aim to understand the history of criticisms against normalization, current political shifts within the government of Armenia, and the prospects of the protocols success.


About the speaker: Arman Grigoryan is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, where he has a joint affiliation with the Political Science Department and the Armenian Studies Program.Dr Grigoryan received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 2008 after defending a dissertation on the role of third parties in the escalation of state-minority conflicts.He also holds an MA from the University of Chicago in international relations, and an undergraduate degree from the Yerevan State University, where he majored in Turkish studies.Dr. Grigoryan's publications have appeared in Ethnopolitics, International Security, the Armenian Journal of Public Policy, and the French Chaillot Series.His article on the escalatory potential of third-party interventions will appear in the International Studies Quarterly next year.Prior to his academic career, Dr. Grigoryan worked in the first independent government of Armenia as an expert on Turkish affairs.


Contact: Nanor Kebranian at nk2334@columbia.edu


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