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Documenting the Destruction of Nakhichevan’s Armenian Past

Simon Maghakyan documents Azerbaijan’s erasure of medieval Armenian monuments and researches politics of cultural preservation. He lectures International Relations at the University of Colorado Denver. Maghakyan has worked with the advocacy organizations Amnesty International and the Armenian National Committee of America and was the initiator of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s pioneer satellite investigation into cultural destruction. His widely-cited 2019 investigative report, “A Regime Conceals Its Erasure of Indigenous Armenian Culture,” co-authored with Sarah Pickman for Hyperallergic, conclusively exposed Azerbaijan’s covert erasure of 28,000 medieval monuments.

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