I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It. — Evelyn Beatrice Hall


Karabakh: Democracy Promotion as a Resource for Peace-Building
By Hayk Kotanjian, Professor, D.Sc, Chairman of the Political Science Association of Armenia on behalf of the Board.


By Artsrun Hovhannisyan



The Referendum in Turkey: “Electoral hegemony” has prevailed again
By Vahram Ter-Matevosyan



The state of Religion In America

By: Gene Rainey Ph.D.


Education:  BA George Washington University; BS Harding University; MA; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Ph.D. American University

Academic Positions:  Harding University, Assistant Professor of Political Science

American University: Assistant Dean, School of International Service; Associate Dean, Graduate School

Ohio State University:  Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of North Carolina-Asheville:  Chairman of Political Science Department, Associate Professor, Professor; Professor Emeritus (retired 2002)


Political Science publications:Textbooks:  Contemporary American Foreign Policy: The Official Voice (1969) and Patterns of American Foreign Policy (1975);

Elected political positions: Asheville City Council (two terms); Chairman, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners (two terms)


Civic positions:  Founder, Meals on Wheels Program.

Founder and President, Our Next Generation, a nonprofit corporation for at-risk youth,

who were school dropouts or on probation or parole because of crime


Chairman of following civic organizations;

Model Cities Commission

Land of the Sky Regional Council

Buncombe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

North Carolina Political Science Association

Forum of Concerned Democrats

Governor’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

World Affairs Forum

United Nations Association

Civic Awards:

Order of the Long Leaf Pine (highest award given to NC citizen by the Governor)

Awards for improving race relations: Martin Luther King, Jr., Award

Hadassah Award (a tree planted in Israel in Rainey’s honor)

HardingUniversity Distinguished Alumni Award (1983)

Who’s Who in South and Southeast (Marquis, 1984-85)


Awards given in Gene Rainey’s name: 

Gene Rainey Scholarship Award (income from endowed $100,000 scholarship given each year to

a UNCA student)

Rainey-Troutman Award given to the best undergraduate paper by the North Carolina Political

Science Association

Gene Rainey Political Science Award (given to UNCA student excelling in service to the

Asheville community)


Why Our Latest Betrayal of The Kurds Will Not Be Our Last Betrayal of The Kurds

By: Professor Matthew D. Laplante

Matthew D. LaPlante is an associate professor at Utah State University, where he teaches classes on global crisis journalism, feature writing and science communication. He has reported from more than a dozen nations and his work has been published by news organizations including, The Washington Post, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Los Angeles Daily News. A selection of his work can be found at He tweets at @mdlaplante.


Matthew D. LaPlante
associate professor of journalism | Utah State University
host | Utah Public Radio’s UnDisciplined
author | Superlative: The Biology of Extremes