Detroit (GPA) – In this interview, Geopolitics Alert Editor James Carey speaks with Associate Professor Ara Sanjian of the Armenian Research Center at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

In this latest interview as a part of our Armenians Speak series, James Carey speaks with associate professor of history Ara Sanjian, Director of the University of Michigan – Dearborn’s Armenian Research Center. Professor Sanjian is currently studying the Soviet period of Armenia and Azerbaijan and provides a unique insight into the 20th-century history of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Professor Sanjian explains the history of Artsakh from the soviet division of the Caucusus to the years Nagorno-Karabakh spent as an autonomous Oblast under the Soviet Union. Much of this history is what adds fuel to the fire today and has all led up to this current conflict.

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Ara Sanjian obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is currently an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the university’s Armenian Research Center. He received his master’s degree in history from Yerevan State University (1991) and his Ph.D. from the University of London (1996). From 1996 to 2005 he taught at Haigazian University in Beirut and was the Henry S. Khanzadian Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno in 2003. His research interests focus on the post-World War I history of Armenia, Turkey, and the Arab states of Western Asia.

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