In a return guest appearance on the “Scholars’ Circle” radio program on 12 March, RSC Director Richard Giragosian provided an assessment of the imposition of the siege of Karabakh by Azerbaijan. The weekly program was hosted by Dr. Doug Becker, Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California (USC).
The Scholars’ Circle program, entitled “Humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh from blockade at Lachin Corridor,” also featured insightful analysis from Dr. Steve Swerdlow, Associate Professor of the Practice of Human Rights in the Department of Political and International Relations at USC. A human rights lawyer and expert on the former Soviet region, Swerdlow was Senior Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, heading the organization’s work on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and founding its Kyrgyzstan field office. The program was produced by Ankine Aghassian, Doug Becker, Melissa Chiprin, Mihika Chechi, and Sudd Dongre.
The Scholars’ Circle seeks to connect the public to scholars and expose general audiences to greater knowledge than they might obtain otherwise. It hopes that a high level of dialogue might deepen the public’s understanding about the issues facing us and hopes to counteract polarization that occurs on other outlets. The program offers voices, information and context that together are infrequently offered in most programs.