Walking the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation "Tightrope"
As the Tamada Tales blog pointed out yesterday, one year after Turkey and Armenia signed their "historic" normalization accords, little good will is left between the two countries (at least on the official level). The Turkey-Armenia reconciliation train may have left the station after the accords were signed in Zurich last October, but it now appears to be languishing on a God-forsaken piece of track.
In a piece for the German Marshall Fund, Turkish analyst Diba Nigar Goksel tries to find some signs of hope in the process, arguing that what are needed now are small, incremental steps to get things back on track. She also looks to the recent (yes, "historic") mass at Lake Van's Akdamar island church for clues of both challenges and opportunities in the Turkey-Armenia relationship. The piece can be found here.