The Zoryan Institute is an international center is devoted to the research and documentation of contemporary issues related to the history, politics, society, and culture of Armenians around the world and Armenia as their "Homeland". Research is conducted both to document past and current events, and to analyze their impact on individuals and institutions in Armenia and the Diaspora. The Institute strives to develop a framework within which people can understand and participate in conceptualizing the critical and fundamental issues dealing with current and future challenges within a global context.
Armenia & Karabagh
Over the past 30 years the Zoryan Institute has analyzed the Armenian experience in relation to forces and factors which have shaped modern culture, history, and thought. The Institute continuously seeks to understand the structures and dynamics of Armenian social, political, and cultural life and, particularly, the changing environment which defines the relations of the Diaspora with society at large and Armenia proper. The Institute strives to develop a conceptual framework within which the Armenian people can participate genuinely in broader intellectual and social concerns.                                Read More
Within a year of the devestating December 7, 1988 earthquake in Armenia, the Zoryan Institute co-sponsored the first of two major international conferences, in Paris and Yerevan, involving scores of scholars and aid groups, such as the International Red Cross, Project Hope, Medecins sans frontieres, etc., to analyze what happened, why it happenes, and what to do to remedy the problems.
During the very turbulent year of 1990, the Institute invited such distinguished personalities as Abel Aganbegyan, rafael Khazaryan, and Samvel Shahmuratyan to tour North American cities to discuss the evolving development of glasnost and perestroika in the Soviet Union, their collapse and their influence on newly emerging independent republics.
In 1995, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Government of Armenia asked the Institute to co-sponsor and jointly organize a major international conference on comparative genocide, the first on Armenian soil. Some 35 scholars from 12 countries and 15 from the CIS and Armenia attended. There, for the first time, a Turkish scholar, Taner Akçam, unequivocally stated that the events of 1915 were genocide and joined with the Zoryan President, Kourken Sarkissian, in seeking to publish archival material commonly accepted by both Turkey and Armenia so as to facilitate dialogue.
Similarily, in 2005, the Institute conceptualized a new major international conference for the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and assisted the Government of Armenia in organizing, "Ultimate Crime, Ultimate Challenge:human Rights and Genocide." A major theme was the impact of the Armenian Genocide on the current relationship between Turkey and Armenia. For the first time in Armenia, such a conference was attended by a number of Turkish scholars and media representatives.