Jirair Libaridian

Jirair Libaridian

Biography: 

Retired in 2012, Professor Jirair Libaridian held the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History (2001-2012) and was director of the Armenian Studies Program (2007-2012) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Libaridian was a co-founder of the Zoryan Institute for Contemporary Armenian Research and Documentation in Cambridge, Mass., and its director from1982 to 1990; he also served as Director of the ARF archives (1982-1988) and editor of the Armenian Review (1983-1988). From 1991 to 1997, he served as adviser, and then senior adviser to the first President of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrossian, as well as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1994) of the newly independent republic. Prof. Libaridian is the author and editor of a number of works and has published and lectured extensively and internationally on modern and contemporary Armenian history and politics. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is currently working on “Anatomy of Conflict: Nagorno Karabakh and the New World Order,” among other projects.