La prochaine séance du séminaire de la Société des Etudes Arméniennes aura lieu :
Le jeudi 12 décembre 2019 de 18h00 à 20h, à l’INALCO – 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris, salle 3.15.
Présentation de Asbed Kotchikian sur The Changing Landscape of Minorities in the Middle East: Case Study of Armenians in Syria and Iraq
For the last two decades, the socio-political landscape of the Middle East in general, and Syria and Iraq in specific, has gone through major changes. From the rise and fall of the Islamic State (ISIL) to attempts of autonomy by the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, the region witnessed cataclysmic events resulting in war, devastation and the displacement of large number of people in the region. As part of the socio-economic fabric of the region, religious and ethnic minorities in both countries witnessed some of the biggest upheavals in over a century in terms of population displacement and decline as well as the destruction of their community institutions.
Based on research trips to both countries during the last five years (including a recent field trip to Syria in July 2019), the talk will try to provide an overview of the changing political landscape of the region focusing on the impact of those changes on the Armenian communities in Syria and northern Iraq. The presentation will try to elucidate how the Armenian communities are (un)able to cope with the major changes their countries are undergoing.
Prof. Asbed Kotchikian is a political scientist who teaches courses on the Middle East and former Soviet space at Bentley University just outside Boston.
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