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Hello, and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong, Week in Review.
This Week we’re going to continue to talk about the ongoing war in Artsakh. We’re going to consider the following major aspects:
● In retrospect: tracing our steps back to September 27.
● Call from the extra parliamentary opposition to establish a War Council.
● Mobilization of the Armenian Diaspora.
To talk about these issues, we have with us:
Asbed Kotchikian, who is a senior lecturer of political science and international relations at Bentley University in Massachusetts.
Emil Sanamyan, a senior research fellow at USC’s Institute of Armenian Studies specializing in politics in the Caucasus, with a special focus on Azerbaijan.
Today we’re exploring where the diplomacy stood On Sep. 27, - essentially from the Turkish/Azeri threats of war, for the 2 months since July, - and then why it took a long time for anyone in the international arena to react and even recognize that there was a real war in progress; and finally how the world reacted and what it means, and where we're headed.
On Friday, 13 extra-parliamentary political parties in Armenia called on the government to create a coordinating and executive council which includes former presidents, FMs and DM with the authority to make executive decisions regarding the military/political developments and to strategize a common action.
The Armenian diaspora has been mobilized since the first day of the war and worldwide Armenian communities have been engaged in fundraising, gathering medical and humanitarian assistance as well as organizing protests in major cities around the world. The communities have also activated in urging their governments to #RecognizeArtsakh. How important has this been in the overall war effort?
That concludes our program for This week’s Groong Week in Review. We hope it has helped your understanding of some of the issues from the previous week. We look forward to your feedback, and even your suggestions for issues to cover in greater depth. Contact us on our website, at groong.org, or on our Facebook Page “ANN - Groong”, or in our Facebook Group “Groong - Armenian News Network”.
Special thanks to Laura Osborn for providing the music for our podcast. I’m Hovik Manucharyan, and on behalf of everyone in this episode, I wish you a good week. Thank you for listening and talk to you next week.
Armenia, Artsakh, Nagorno Karabakh Negotiations, Lavrov Plan, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan