Martin Essayan
Trustee, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 

This is an important contribution to the discussion of how Armenians maintain their identity, ensure sustainability, and prosper.

I found the history interesting, especially the way that both the Soviet and non-Soviet aspects are covered in one book, but was most fascinated by the last chapter in which Ruben and Nune lay out their vision for how Armenia can develop. Ruben says he “lives in the future” and this future is 25 years away. He plots his way to it in a methodical and research-based manner with admirable optimism, drawing on a broad range of analogies and experiences. Everyone interested in the future of Armenia should read this. I felt the vision for the Diaspora was less compelling, especially for those who do not trace their roots or cultural references to the present Armenia, and it is good to hear that the authors plan to fill this gap. The book is quite long so, for those short of time, I would recommend reading the last chapter first, and then seeing how the earlier chapters lead to this.


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