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    Tatul Hakobyan's Armenians and Turks, now in English
    Published: Saturday June 29, 2013

    Hakobyan with the Armenian language version of his book.

    An English translation of 400 plus-page book by reporter and expert
    Tatul Hakobyan Armenians and Turks: from War to Cold War to Diplomacy
    was recently published in Yerevan.

    This work, which covers Armenian-Turkish relations since 1918 to
    football diplomacy, is the result of eight years of extensive
    research, analysis and travel by the author, who is an expert with
    Civilitas Foundation in Yerevan and correspondent for several Armenian
    outlets in Armenia and Diaspora.

    The first release of Armenians and Turks was published in Western
    Armenian using classical orthography and was presented in Beirut in
    March, 2012. The Eastern Armenian version was presented in Yerevan in
    April, 2012.

    The editor if the English version is Nareg Seferian.

    Tatul Hakobyan,s first book- Karabakh Diary, Green and Black, first
    was published in 2008 and since then has had 8 editions including
    English, Russian, German, Turkish, and Arabic.

    Tatul Hakobyan is currently working on a new book about Armenia's
    domestic and foreign policy from the beginnings of its journey towards
    independence in 1988 to the current day.

    You can contact with the author by e-mail- [email protected]
    and [email protected] or dial +374 10 618317 or +374 91 426435.

    According to Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia's Foreign Minister
    (1991-1992), Hakobyan's new book, "is packed with political insight,
    historical revelation, and even a poetic vision of a complicated
    relationship which unfolded, over a century, between two peoples."
    Hakobyan has established himself "as an indispensable journalist,
    expert, and scholar of this ongoing saga. It is my hope that his
    ground-braking work will help achieve recognition of the historical
    record and a reconciliation based on the terrible truth," wrote

    Alexander Arzumanyan, Armenia's Foreign Minister in 1996-1998, writes
    "This volume is in fact a continuation of Tatul Hakobyan's first book,
    Karabakh Diary: Green and Black. Written in the journalistic style
    using strict standards of scholarship, the author has evidently
    undertaken wide-ranging research. This book is of great interest not
    only to historians, diplomats, or experts who study issues of
    Armenian-Turkish relations and their impact on the future of the South
    Caucasus, but also for a wide range of readers."

    "Tatul Hakobyan's work is a smooth mix of history and journalism. This
    extremely complex and significant period of history is presented
    coherently, simply, in an easy to follow narrative that links together
    the various periods during the tumultuous 100 years beginning in 1918.
    The book is especially valuable because of Hakobyan's special focus on
    Armenia-Turkey relations during the Cold War years and new information
    he has brought to light as a result of diligent research in Armenia's
    archives," according to Vartan Oskanian, Armenia's Foreign Minister in

    According to Ara Sanjian, Director of Armenian Research Center in
    University of Michigan-Dearborn, "Hakobyan's investigative work is the
    first-ever attempt to shed comprehensive light from Armenia's
    perspective on the trajectory of the latter's thorny relations with
    its neighbor, Turkey, since the era of Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika
    and Armenia regaining its sovereignty and independence in 1991. This
    study is based not only on the author's own observations during his
    career as a journalist, a wide range of printed sources, but also
    in-depth interviews with over a dozen leading Armenian policymakers,
    including the country's first post-Soviet, democratically-elected
    president and its first four Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the
    period of independence."

    "In his new book Hakobyan is continuing to place current affairs in
    its larger historic context. After Karabakh Diary, Green and Black he
    has produced a new, and impressive book looking at the current state
    of Armenian-Turkish relations through a historic tour de force
    revisiting the roots of the current blockage. He is one of the leading
    example of a new generation of scholars in Armenia applying meticulous
    research and sharp observation. A much needed voice from the other
    side of Ararat," says Vicken Cheterian, political analyst and author
    in Geneva, Switzerland.

    "This book covers almost the whole spectrum of Armenian-Turkish
    relations, including the different attitudes of Diasporan circles and
    masses to the past, present, and future relations with the Turks.
    Hakobyan investigates this difficult and very complex historical and
    political matter - far from understanding it as a mere Republic of
    Armenia - Republic of Turkey bilateral problem, but as an issue of the
    Armenian and Turkish peoples' mostly antagonistic relationship. A book
    that is very useful for Armenian diplomacy, Armenian historiography,
    and Turkology," writes Yerevan historian Gevorg Yazichyan.

    From: Baghdasarian