We are united by our understanding that it is not possible to go back to the past – so we have to create our future. We believe that in today’s turbulent world only those will survive who can anticipate the future and are ready to act energetically and consistently. We are convinced that development must originate not from conflict and confrontation, but rather from the integration of diversity and moving beyond the ‘zero-sum game,’ in which one participant’s gain entails another participant’s loss. The challenges we face are so sophisticated that we can get the answers only through an open dialogue. We are thinking about what we believe to be dear and intimate – about Armenia and Armenians. The 21st century can be ours!
When finalizing the editing of the manuscript At the Crossroads about a year ago, we could not have anticipated that the dialogue with the readers who first accepted our invitation to discuss the future of Armenia and the Armenians, would turn out to be so profound and serious. The feedback which we are still receiving, both oral and written, is of such significance that it merits a separate, stand-alone publication. We are deeply grateful to our readers for a whole range of ideas, which have provided food for thought or have helped us to clarify our viewpoint. We intend to take readers’ comments into account in finalizing the initial paper, and we are confident that they will make our book more profound, multifaceted and direct.