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A Conversation with Edward Djerejian on the Occasion of the 108th Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Watertown, MA - The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of Boston will host a hybrid event titled, "The Armenian Genocide Continuum: Deir ez-Zor Yesterday, Artsakh Today," featuring Ambassador Edward Djerejian, on the occasion of the 108th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 7 pm in-person at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), located at 395 Concord Ave, in Belmont, Massachusetts, and online via Zoom.

The discussion, hosted by Ara Nazarian, PhD, will cover a range of topics, including reflections on Ambassador Edward Djerejian's career as an American diplomat of Armenian origin and examine the treatment of Armenians on their ancestral lands from western Armenia to Artsakh during the last century, the compassion and complicity of the international community, and the role of the United States Government from establishing the Near East Fund to a decades-long policy of denial and final recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Ambassador Djerejian, who is currently Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, served in eight Presidential Administrations, spanning from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. He was the US Ambassador to Syria and Israel, Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Press Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he was the founding director of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This commemorative discussion follows a special event the Assembly held with Ambassador Djerejian and Assembly President Carolyn Mugar last Fall in Boston that focused on Ambassador Djerejian's prolific career as a public servant, his insights on Armenia, and anecdotes that have shaped his career.

For questions, please contact the Assembly at This event is free and open to the public.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.


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