Truth Held Hostage
America and the Armenian Genocide - What Then? What Now?

John Evans (Author)
(ISBN: 978-1-909382-26-8)
2016 London
170 pages
Size: 6 1/4" x 9 1/4"
Language(s): English

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Ambassador Evans, a member of the Institute's National Council, served as US Ambassador to Armenia until 2005, until he lost his job for using the word Genocide to describe the Turkish government's policy of extermination of Armenians in 1915.  This book is a chronicle of John Evans' experiences prior to and following his public statement.

Forward by Dickran Kouymjian

John Evans, formerly U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, gained notoriety in 2005 by publicly dissenting from the stated policy of the Bush and previous Administrations on the 90-year-old issue of the Armenian Genocide. A veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Evans had no Armenian ancestors or family connections, but over the course of his historical studies and diplomatic career, became convinced that a gross  injustice was being perpetrated against the Armenians through the denialist policies of the Turkish Government and the U.S. Government’s tacit acceptance of them. He decided to take a measured public stand, but then paid for his "heresy” by being dismissed from his post and forced into early retirement, although not without a fight over the issue in the U.S. Congress. Over the course of his thirty-five-year career, Ambassador Evans  served with distinction in diplomatic posts in Tehran, Prague, Moscow, Brussels (NATO), St. Petersburg and Washington, reaching the rank of Minister-Counselor. A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, educated at Yale and Columbia, he is an avid student of Russian history who devoted a sabbatical year to investigating the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the setting in which the tragic events of 1915 occurred. Now retired from the Foreign Service, Mr. Evans makes his home in  Washington with his wife, the former Donna Chamberlain.

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