Armenian Diaspora groups are feeling a need to broaden and deepen their commitment to helping Armenia’s political and economic development. Participants at a Diaspora conference, held in Los Angeles on December 4, focused not only on such hot-button issues as Genocide recognition, they discussed ways to help Armenia battle corruption, promote tax reform and encourage the development of civil rights.
Many attending the one-day academic event, which was convened to discuss issues relating to the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s 120-year history, expressed concern about Armenia’s present economic and diplomatic situation. The Armenian economy is struggling to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis, while Yerevan’s efforts to normalize relations with its two hostile neighbors -- Turkey and Azerbaijan -- remain stalemated. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Southern California’s Institute of Armenian Studies and the academic journal, The Armenian Review.
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Liana Aghajanian is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.