YEREVAN (Combined Sources) A leading French international affairs journal, the Politique Internationale, has featured Armenia in its Winter issue, dedicating 100 pages to its foreign policy, economy and history.
Forwarded by a powerfully written introduction from the journal’s founder and director, Patrick Wajsman, the issue runs a gamut of issues from Armenia’s foreign policy and economic development to the challenges it and the Diaspora faces in dealing with Turkey’s ongoing denial of the Genocide.
“How can we forget that our relations with the Armenian people dates back to crusades?” Wajsman wrote in the section’s introduction, noting Armenia’s last monarch, Levon VI Lusinian, was of French origin and currently buried in the Mausoleum of French monarchs in Sen Deni. “How can we forget;that the 1915 genocide inspired some of Georges Clemenceau’s most exciting speeches? Or that for a short period of time after World War I, France administered the territory of Cilicia, where the Armenian Christian Kingdom had ruled.”
The special section begins with an article by President Serzh Sarkisian about Armenia’s democratic path, economic development and political evolution Armenia’s foreign policy is explored in an in depth interview with its foreign minister, Eduard Nalbandian, who discusses the country’s regional and international opportunities, as well as its position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the Armenian-Turkish relations.
Economist Vahagn Grikorian chronicles Armenia’s turbulent transition to market economics, while looking at the prospects of developing new programs for economic stability and growth.
Armenia’s rich relationship with France is the topic of an article by the chairman of the France-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group, Francois Rochebloine, while Armenia’s potential to serve as a bridge between East and West is underscored by Italian Armenian Professor, Valentina Kaltsolari.
In an article, titled “Diaspora Trump Card,” Historian Marsel Leare’s talks about the influential role of Armenia’s far flung masses in Armenia’s domestic and foreign life. French Genocide specialist Yves Ternon’s shed’s light on Turkey’s “deadlock of denial.”
The issue also contains an advance prologue from Charles Aznavour’s, biography, “The Past Days,” in which the famous French-Armenian singer talks about his family background and the difficult path of an Armenian migrant.
Politique Internationale is considered the world’s leading French-language publication on political affairs. It is read by leading decision-makers in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economics, industry and finance around the world. Its contributors include heads of state and governmen’s, leaders of political parties and many others who either make the news or decipher it.