J. A. Kirakosyan, former Ambassador of Armenia to the United States and since 2005 Deputy Foreign Minister, has followed the path of his father, the historian and politician John Kirakosyan who in the last decades of the Soviet Era produced many studies on the Armenian issue, the genocide history, and international relations. J. A. Kirakosyan’s studies include a Bibliography of the Armenian Cause, Yerevan: 1983 (in Armenian); British Diplomacy and the Armenian Question from the 1830s to 1914, London: Gomidas Institute, 2008; Aknarkner haykakan hartsi yev Yegherni michazgayin janachman patmutian [Outlines on the International Acknowledgment of the Armenian Question and Genocide History], Yerevan: Tigran Medz, 2006; The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: U.S. Media Testimony, and The Armenian Massacres, 1894-1896: British Media Testimony, both published by Wayne University Press, 2004, 2007. In this new book, A. Kirakosyan introduces a set of around fifty documents related to the re-emergence of the Armenian Question in the aftermath of Second World War, when taking advantage of victory and regaining Great Power status for the USSR, Stalin tried to have Armenian provinces lost to Turkey ceded back to Yerevan. That was done in the name of justice on behalf of Armenian survivors of the genocide who had been expelled from their homeland and scattered in the world. Stalin organised a mass repatriation of diaspora Armenians in order to increase pressure upon Turkey. A. Kirakosyan has collected documents from the Armenian press and Soviet, American, British, French, Turkish diplomatic archives, as well as documents of the Potsdam conference where these issues were discussed. He provides invaluable material for a better understanding of the first Cold War crisis which took place in this area before its spreading to Eastern Europe.

Claire Mouradian, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.3.D-226