Armenian lobby in the United States

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The Armenian American lobby is the loose coalition of groups and individuals who influence United States foreign policy in support of Armenia and its policies.

Strength[edit]

Zbigniew Brzezinski ranks the three most effective ethnic lobbies in the United States as the Israeli American Lobby, the Greek American lobby and the Armenian American lobby.[1]

Success[edit]

The lobby is credited with considerable success in persuading Congress to favor Armenian interests. Among its achievements are $90 million in aid annually for Armenia, the continuation of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act blocking aid to Azerbaijan, success in stalling an arms deal with Turkey, and support for official US governmental recognition (in most US states) of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1921.[2]

While the Armenian lobby has been effective in a number of public relations campaigns, it has been—after more than 25 years of effort—a woeful failure regarding their primary goal, the recognition of the Genocide of Armenians by the United States government. No matter identity of the president or the ruling political party, the Armenian lobbyists have been unable to change United States policy regarding Genocide recognition.[3]

Lobby organizations[edit]

  • The Armenian National Committee of America works to initiate legislation on issues of concern to the Armenian American community, such as strengthening Armenia as a secure, prosperous and democratic state; supporting Nagorno Karabagh's right to self-determination and independence within secure borders; increasing U.S. aid levels to Armenia to promote economic and democratic development; securing direct U.S. aid to Nagorno Karabagh; ensuring the appropriate commemoration of the Armenian Genocide; and encouraging Turkey and Azerbaijan to lift their blockades and adhere to international standards for human rights and humanitarian practices.[citation needed]
  • The Armenian Youth Federation-Youth Organization Of The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (AYF-YOARF). In the early 1990s the AYF found a new challenge: Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1988 the struggle for independence in the Karabagh region started. AYF became involved in fund raising activities to supply much-needed funds to the people in Karabakh. Even after the independence of Nagorno-Karabagh in 1991 and the cease-fire in 1993, the AYF continued to help the region. In 1994 the AYF Western Region decided to create a program, called the AYF Youth Corps, that sent about ten youths that year and continues to send up to 15 each summer. The mission of the Youth Corps is to help rebuild schools, camps, churches, etc. in the various regions of Nagorno-Karabakh.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brzezinski, Zbigniew. "A Dangerous Exemption." Foreign Policy 1 July 2006: 63.
  2. ^ Gregg, Heather. "Divided They Conquer: The Success of Armenian Ethnic Lobbies in the United States" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug 28, 2002 [1]
  3. ^ Dikran Abrahamian."US Armenian Lobby's Clout an Exaggeration". Official site. Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Official site. Retrieved 2008-08-25.