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ASP Public Lecture."Why Autonomy? The Making of Nagorno-Karabakh 1918-1925"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
4:00 AM
1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University

Mountainous Karabakh – an Armenian-populated area within Elisavetpol’ guberniya with a Turkic majority – became a source of violent dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan after the collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917.
During the Soviet conquest of the region in early 1920s the Bolsheviks used the issue of Karabakh to promote their agenda by supporting at times the claims of Azerbaijan, or those of Armenia. This presentation will address the question whether the Bolshevik decision to leave Karabakh within Azerbaijan on condition of autonomy was a sinister attempt to divide and rule.
Arsene Saparov, 2011-2012 Manoogian Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow.
Saparov’s research focuses on Soviet nationality policies and ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus region. He received his Ph.D in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 2007 and subsequently spent two years conducting his post-doctoral research at CERCEC (Centre ’études des mondes Russe caucasien et Centre-Europeen). Saparov has published a number of articles in academic journals and currently is completing an article on the Bolshevik boundary-making practices in the South Caucasus.