"The Armenian Genocide Today: Climate Change Abuse in the South Caucasus" Panel Discussion

About the Panel

"The Armenian Genocide Today: Climate Change Abuse in the South Caucasus" with Dr. Anatoly Isaenko, Max Shirikjian and Ashot Gabrielyan
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 6:30-8:30 p.m

This panel served to honor the 1.5 million lives lost in the 1915 Armenian Genocide.

April 24 marks the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the official Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Globally recognized as committed by the Ottoman Empire and later the Turkish state, the genocide is denied by the perpetrators to this day. Join students and community members in a discussion of Armenian and Turkish relationships today. Through the insights of expert panelists, gain a greater understanding of how this genocide manifests today in the South Caucasian Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan with a special emphasis on the impact of Azerbaijani and Turkish national identity, Armenian attempts at self-determination, and the Turkish oil and gas industry’s use of climate change as a modern form of genocidal action.

Organized by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, the program was co-sponsored by Appalachian State's Department of Anthropology, Department of History and Department of Sustainable Development.


About Ashot Gabrielyan

Ashot Gabrielyan

Ashot Gabrielyan joins the panel from Armenia. He is an Armenian currently living in Yerevan. Displaced along with his family during the September 2023 ethnic cleansing of Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh by the Azerbaijani government, Gabrielyan brings first hand information to this conversation.

About Dr. Anatoly Isaenko

Dr. Anatoly Isaenko

Dr. Anatoly Isaenko is a professor of history in the Department of History at Appalachian State. He is an expert on the Caucasus region and lived in the area for many years. Much of his work focuses on the concept of ethnic cleansing that came into existence in the Caucasus region after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a historian he brings an intimate understanding of the area over the last 60 years.

About Max Shirikjian '23

Max Shirikjian '23

Max Shirikjian '23 is an alumnus of Appalachian State's Department of Sustainable Development and an ethnic Armenian. Shirikjian’s personal perspective will provide an intimate understanding of the problems of people living in Azerbaijan (in particular Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh) and Armenia.