The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow

Saturday, 28 March 2015

1521 16th Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reception to follow. Lunch will be provided.


Mastrapa Consultants and Political Developments Research Center are pleased to invite you to the 28 March 2015 symposium, “The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow”. One hundred years ago the historical persecution of Armenian Christians by Ottoman Turks culminated in the first holocaust of the twentieth century. During nearly a decade of execution, deportation, kidnap and rape over two million Armenian, Assyrian and Greek lives were lost. The victors confiscated and looted vast properties. They destroyed churches and Islamicized orphans. The descendants of survivors can be found around the world today. Some have only recently discovered their Armenian origins. A small group of brave Turks have called for an admission of these crimes against humanity. Without a just resolution the Armenian Genocide will haunt generations to come.


2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Speakers will discuss Turkey’s destabilizing role in world politics, hidden Armenians in Turkey and unresolved issues such as property confiscation and restitution. The French documentary “Turkey, the Legacy of Silence” by Anna Benjamin and Guillaume Clere will debut on the East coast at this event!


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Vilen Khlgatyan

Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

“The Common Tactics of Denial: A Comparison of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides”

Gregory H. Stanton, Ph.D

President, Genocide Watch


“The Armenian Paradigm”

Marek J. Chodakiewicz, Ph.D.

Professor of History, The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics


11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 



11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Examining the Armenian Genocide under International Law: Justice and Accountability”

Kate Nahapetian

Government Affairs Director, Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)


“The Confiscation of Ethnic Minority Property by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: Potential Scenarios for Delayed Transitional Justice”

Tania C. Mastrapa, Ph.D.

Founder, Mastrapa Consultants


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“The Annual Turkey Pardon: A Failed Policy of Denial and Why It’s Time to Reexamine the US Relationship with Ankara”

Steven Oshana

Executive Director, A Demand for Action


“Turkish Foreign Policy: Married to the West, but Beds the East”

Vilen Khlgatyan

Vice Chairman, Political Developments Research Center


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.



2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 “Turkey, the Legacy of Silence

Anna Benjamin & Guillaume Clere



3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“The Hidden Armenians of Turkey: New Realities in Turkish-Armenian Relations on the Eve of the Genocide Centennial”

Raffi Bedrosyan



5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



To register for this event please contact:

Sarah Dwyer:





The Art of Looting

1 December 2013

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

301 Washington Avenue

Miami Beach, Florida 33139

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Mastrapa Consultants and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU are pleased to invite you to a special Art Basel event The Art of Looting on  1 December 2013 featuring internationally renowned looted art experts. Join us to learn about Communist and Nazi-era confiscation of artworks, antiques, jewelry and other valuables as well as the challenges of restitution. We will also discuss prospects for the recovery of Cuban collections as well as groundbreaking efforts to deter the sale and purchase of these pre-Revolution items.


Posters from the Hans Sachs Collection, confiscated on direct orders from Nazi Joseph Goebbels, are on display at the Museum until 15 December 2013. The Art of Looting speaker Henry Hacker will comment on the restitution process of the almost 4,300 posters!


Other featured speakers include:


Ulf Bischof, Bischof & Paetow

Art Looted by the Stasi: A Hunt for Western Money


Tania C. Mastrapa, Mastrapa Consultants & The Institute of World Politics

Cuban Booty: Art, Antiquities and Jewelry


To register for The Art of Looting please visit:


For questions and media enquiries contact:

Jo Ann Arnowitz, Executive Director & Chief Curator

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU




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