• GEVORG NAZARYAN University of California, Los Angeles



At the end of 1917 an official U.S. government body, known as The Inquiry, was created in order to prepare documents for the peace negotiations that were to follow World War I. The Inquiry was composed of around 150 academics and was directed by the presidential adviser Edward House. The suggestions made by the research body were incorporated into President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” which he delivered in the U.S. Congress on January 8th, 1918, defining the war aims of the United States during World War I and suggesting possible peace terms that would to follow the Great War. Point 12 of the “Fourteen Points” proclaimed that non-Turkish nations (which included Armenia) of the Ottoman Empire, should be given an opportunity for “autonomous development,” and accordingly The Inquiry was also tasked with defining the boundary of the future State of Armenia. In 1918 a number of reports were prepared by the research group which proposed the territory for the State of Armenia which extended from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, covering mostly Armenian Highland and the coastal areas of the above noted seas. Members of The Inquiry also suggested a union of the above noted territory with Eastern Armenia, a scheme that was officially presented in 1919 during the Paris Peace Conference by the American delegation.

Author Biography

GEVORG NAZARYAN, University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles, Historian


Inquiry doc. 889, “Report on the Inquiry: Its Scope and Method,” March 20, 1918, in National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG) 256.
Inquiry doc. 889, “Report on the Inquiry: Its Scope and Method,” March 20, 1918, in NARA, RG 256, ?? 36:
Woodrow Wilson, In Our First Year of War: Messages and Addresses to the Congress and the People, March 5, 1917, to January 8, 1918, “The Terms of Peace,” Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1918, ?? 150-161.
Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), 1917, Volume I, Supplement 2, The World War, Document 370, Reports of the American mission to Great Britain and France—The Inter- Allied Conference, November 29–December 3, 1917, Report of the Special Representative of the United States Government (House).
FRUS, 1918, Supplement 1: The World War, Vol. 1, ?? 405-413:
Inquiry doc. 687, “Co-ordination of Reports on Armenia” by F. F. Abbot, March 2, 1918, in NARA, RG 256.
David Hunter Miller, My Diary at the Conference of Paris, with Documents, vol. 4, Appeal Printing Company, New York, 1924, Document 246, ?? 219:




How to Cite

NAZARYAN, G. (2018). THE INQUIRY’S QUEST TO SOLVE THE ARMENIAN QUESTION: 1917-1919. Main Issues Of Pedagogy And Psychology, 16(1), 212-217.