Colloquium, "Third Party Intervention in Armenian History and Turkish/Armenian Relations" at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

May 11, 2010 Bookmark and Share

ANN ARBOR, MICH., May 11, 2010

The panel, which gathered all day on March 19, attempted to reevaluate the role of third party humanitarian intervention in Armenian history, as well as to critically reassess the role played by
the Great Powers and interventionist policies since the Treaty of San Stefano in 1878.

The panel included Dr. Aram Grigoryan, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, Professor Michael Reynolds, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, Mr Andranik Migranyan from the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, Professor Gerard Libaridian, the Alex Manoogian Chair of Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan, and Professor Ron Suny, the Charles Tily collegiate Professor of Social and Political History.

Dr. Arman Grigoryan began the panel with a discussion of the possible theoretical and comparative frameworks for understanding third party interventions, and he mainly focused on the work of political scientists and scholars of human rights. His comments were followed by the Michael Reynolds exploration of the parallels between the Armenian case and the case of Kurds in Eastern Anatolia.

Gerard Libaridian commented on the evolving historiography and the role of the treaty of San Stephano on the establishment of modern Armenian politics. Andranik Migranyan commented on the role of the United States and the Obama administration in crafting contemporary political accords between Turkey and Armenia.

Ron Suny concluded by remarking on the interdisciplinary nature of the panel and positioning the case of Armenia in a particularly rich and changing historical context. Armenia today faces a conflict between a global hegemon and a regional hegemon (mainly Russia), although Armenia’s long term goals are focused on regional stability. How do each of the others imagine the world around them? How do they imagine threat?