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The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow

Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 10:00am - 5:00pm

You are cordially invited to a symposium on the topic of

The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow

Saturday, March 28
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

This event is co-sponsored by Mastrapa Consultants and Political Developments Research Center.
Please contact with any questions about this event.


Armeninan genocideOne hundred years ago, the historical persecution of Armenian Christians by Ottoman Turks culminated in the first holocaust of the twentieth century. During nearly a decade of execution, deportation, kidnap, and rape, over two million Armenian, Assyrian and Greek lives were lost. The victors confiscated and looted vast properties. They destroyed churches and Islamicized orphans. The descendants of survivors can be found around the world today. Some have only recently discovered their Armenian origins. A small group of brave Turks have called for an admission of these crimes against humanity. Without a just resolution, the Armenian Genocide will haunt generations to come.

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Speakers will discuss Turkey’s role in world politics, hidden Armenians in Turkey, and unresolved issues such as property confiscation and restitution. The French documentary Turkey, the Legacy of Silence will debut on the East Coast at this event.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Vilen Khlgatyan
Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
“The Common Tactics of Denial: A Comparison of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides”
Gregory H. Stanton, Ph.D
President, Genocide Watch

“The Armenian Paradigm”
Marek J. Chodakiewicz, Ph.D.
Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Examining the Armenian Genocide under International Law: Justice and Accountability”
Kate Nahapetian
Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)

“The Confiscation of Ethnic Minority Property by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Potential Scenarios for Delayed Transitional Justice”
Tania C. Mastrapa, Ph.D.
Founder, Mastrapa Consultants

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be provided.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
“The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It’s Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara”
Steven Oshana
Executive Director, A Demand for Action

“Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East”
Vilen Khlgatyan
Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Turkey, the Legacy of Silence
Anna Benjamin & Guillaume Clere

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“The Hidden Armenians of Turkey: New Realities in Turkish-Armenian Relations on the Eve of the Genocide Centennial”
Raffi Bedrosyan

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.