Five years ago, 53-year-old freelance columnist Miran Pirgiç, a resident of the eastern Turkish region of Tunceli, decided to disclose a tightly held secret — his Armenian ethnicity. Increasingly, scores of ethnic Armenians whose ancestors survived the 1915 massacre and were raised as Turks, Kurds or Alevis are choosing to do the same.

For Armenians, the towns of Muş and Sason in southeastern Turkey, not far to the west of Lake Van, hold particular...
Historiographical Essay
For more than a decade, I taught an area studies course at the Foreign Service Institute that focused on Armenia,...
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