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What Happens After Genocide?

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Ottoman government’s systematic annihilation of its Armenian population. This state violence came to be characterized as ‘genocide’ when the term was coined several decades later, and the Armenian experience was used as a justification for the need for such a term. Both the event itself, as well as the ways in which it is depicted and named, are the topic of many conferences, books, exhibits and other events around the world this year. Among them, there is the just- published book, Great Catastrophe: Armenians And Turks In The Shadow Of Genocide. The author, Tom de Waal, will be the guest of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at a lunchtime conversation to be held on Monday, February 23, 2015, at 12 noon at the USC Ground Zero Coffeehouse. 
For Immediate Release

February 17, 2015
USC INSTITUTE OF ARMENIAN STUDIES
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, USA
Contact: Salpi Ghazarian, Director
213.821.3943                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

What Happens After Genocide?
2015 marks the 100thanniversary of the beginning of the Ottoman government’s systematic annihilation of its Armenian population. This state violence came to be characterized as ‘genocide’ when the term was coined several decades later, and the Armenian experience was used as a justification for the need for such a term.
Both the event itself, as well as the ways in which it is depicted and named, are the topic of many conferences, books, exhibits and other events around the world this year. Among them, there is the just- published book, Great Catastrophe: Armenians And Turks In The Shadow Of Genocide. The author, Tom de Waal, will be the guest of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies at a lunchtime conversation to be held on Monday, February 23, 2015, at 12 noon at the USC Ground Zero Coffeehouse. 
The book documents the troubled and deteriorating relationship between Armenians and Turks in the decades following the genocide, especially focusing on the last half century as Armenians became more vocal in demanding that the Turkish government acknowledge the crime of its predecessors, even as the Turkish government became more strategic and persistent in its denial of the historical events and culpability. The unresolved issues continue to affect relations between the two countries which share a (closed) border, and have a broader impact on relations in what is already a problematic region.
De Waal will be in conversation on the topics covered in his book and beyond with Professor Robert English, Director of the USC School of International Relations and an expert on the politics of Russia and the former USSR. English was in the region, including Armenia, in the years marking the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He is the author of five books, including Russia and the Idea of the West: Gorbachev, Intellectuals and the End of the Cold War.
De Waal is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing primarily in the countries and conflicts of the South Caucasus region, as well as in the wider Black Sea region. He has worked extensively as a journalist and writer, including for the BBC World Service in London, and continues to make documentaries for BBC Radio. He is the author of the authoritative book on the Karabakh conflict, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War which has been translated into Armenian, Azeri, Russian and Turkish, and of The Caucasus: An Introduction, 2010.
Salpi Ghazarian, the director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, says, “We invite the community to the USC campus for this program. This, like our previous lunchtime programs, is not a lecture. It’s a conversation between two people who have spent many years studying the region and its challenges and concerns. It’s an especially important conversation to be having on the anniversary of the Genocide, as the term itself continues to be a serious political conflict.
Lunch will be served.  The event will be live streamed at: http://tinyurl.com/Tom-de-Waal

Directions and parking information:

We advise guests to park in Parking Structure D, which is located on the corner of Jefferson and Figueroa (across from the Shrine). See attached map for the location of the event (USC Ground Zero Coffeehouse.)
Please call 213.821.3943 if you have any questions regarding the event, including parking and directions.
About the Institute

Established in 2005, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies supports multidisciplinary scholarship to re-define, explore and study the complex issues that make up the contemporary Armenian experience — from post-Genocide to the developing Republic of Armenia to the evolving Diaspora. The institute encourages research, publications and public service, and benefits from communication technologies that link together the global academic and Armenian communities.

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