Turks see the issue of genocide recognition as a matter of national pride and international prestige. This commentary finds, however, that their government has failed to accept that what most hurts Turkey’s standing in the world is not international recognition of the Armenian genocide, but rather the country’s inability to face up to its history.
Piotr Zalewski is a freelance journalist and researcher at European Stability Initiative (ESI). In the spring of 2009, ESI published “Noah’s Dove Returns. Armenia, Turkey and the Debate on Genocide”, a paper on Turkey’s troubled relations with Armenia.