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The societies of Armenia and Turkey are divided by a long history of painful disagreement. After Armenia became independent, Turkey was one of the first countries to recognise it, however, the land border between the two countries remains sealed. Turkey did not open its land border with Armenia because of its support to Azerbaijan in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. All attempts to eliminate that standoff over the last 25 years have proved unsuccessful. Attempts have been made several times at the governmental level, the last one being the process of ‚Äėfootball diplomacy‚Äô which started in 2008 and ended in drafting two Protocols in 2010 for opening the borders and establishing diplomatic relations. Unfortunately, both countries refused to ratify them until today. Since 2016, the political climate in the region, particularly in Turkey, worsened, and the sense of insecurity among the societies on both sides of the border increased.

The absence of a comprehensive normalization between the two societies resulted in an effective unawareness of and suspicion to each other‚Äôs past and present and geo-political aspirations. Armenians in Armenia and the Diaspora do not know about the opinions and debates that take place in Turkey. Citizens of Turkey have no sustained access to the opinions in Armenia. In the absence of such information, misperceptions persist. The pervasive lack of information about the ‚Äėother‚Äô society, mistrust that has been built up over the last century, and closed land borders have resulted in a lack of initiative for professional, scholarly, academic or artistic cooperation. The closed land border between Armenia and Turkey is often referred to as ‚Äėthe only part of the Iron Curtain which is still in place‚Äô. Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and its partners inside Armenia and in Turkey do believe that this iron curtain should be removed. They believe that the dialogue between the societies of Armenia and Turkey is fundamental as a sustained, strategically necessary step toward the future normalisation of relations and eventual reconciliation.

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The societies of Armenia and Turkey are divided by a long history of painful disagreement. After Armenia became independent, Turkey was one of the first countries to recognise it, however, the land border between the two countries remains sealed. Turkey did not open its land border with Armenia because of its support to Azerbaijan in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. All attempts to eliminate that standoff over the last 25 years have proved unsuccessful. Attempts have been made several times at the governmental level, the last one being the process of ‚Äėfootball diplomacy‚Äô which started in 2008 and ended in drafting two Protocols in 2010 for opening the borders and establishing diplomatic relations. Unfortunately, both countries refused to ratify them until today. Since 2016, the political climate in the region, particularly in Turkey, worsened, and the sense of insecurity among the societies on both sides of the border increased.

The absence of a comprehensive normalization between the two societies resulted in an effective unawareness of and suspicion to each other‚Äôs past and present and geo-political aspirations. Armenians in Armenia and the Diaspora do not know about the opinions and debates that take place in Turkey. Citizens of Turkey have no sustained access to the opinions in Armenia. In the absence of such information, misperceptions persist. The pervasive lack of information about the ‚Äėother‚Äô society, mistrust that has been built up over the last century, and closed land borders have resulted in a lack of initiative for professional, scholarly, academic or artistic cooperation. The closed land border between Armenia and Turkey is often referred to as ‚Äėthe only part of the Iron Curtain which is still in place‚Äô. Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and its partners inside Armenia and in Turkey do believe that this iron curtain should be removed. They believe that the dialogue between the societies of Armenia and Turkey is fundamental as a sustained, strategically necessary step toward the future normalisation of relations and eventual reconciliation.

Arm Turk pic
ATNP Success Stories 2014-2017 pic
The document presents the success stories within the scope of ATNP…
EN
Read More
Support to Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process (ATNP) Program, Stages 1 and 2 (2014-2017) pic
The paper gives an overview of the ATNP Program (Stages 1 & 2)…
EN
Read More
ANTP 2 Programme Results pic
Learn about "Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process…
EN
Read More
Armenia-Turkey YouthBank Exchange Visit
EN
Read More
Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) in collaboration with TOG (…
EN
Read More
Manual: Information and contacts for researchers and institutions working on Turkey-Armenia relations
Even if there are no diplomatic relations and the land border remains…
EN
Read More
Armenian Publishers Meet Turkish Publishers. Report pic
The main objective of this project was to welcome publishers from…
EN
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Survey on Turkish‚ÄźArmenian Relations in Armenian and Turkish Media 2006‚Äź2009
This research is being conducted as part of Eurasia Partnership…
EN
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Summary of Armenian-Turkish joint report
The survey of the Turkish press covers five daily newspapers:…
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Arm-Turk-Rapprochement-Brief-Quarterly-Overview-Apr-June-2011-in-English
Brief Overview of 'Support to Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement…
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Arm-Turk-Rapprochement-Brief-Quarterly-Overview-Jan-Mar-2011-in-English
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Arm-Turk-Rapprochement-Brief-Quarterly-Overview-Apr-June-2011-in-English
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SATR Brief Quarterly Overview for October-December, 2011 pic
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Arm-Turk-Rapprochement-Brief-Quarterly-Overview-Jan-Mar-2012-in-English
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Arm_Turk_Rapprochement_Brief_Quarterly_Overview_Apr_June_2012_in_English-page-001
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Arm-Turk-Rapprochement-Brief-Quarterly-Overview-July-Oct-2012-in-English
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Gyumri-Kars Urban Heritage Common Notepad pic
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Mush. Assessment Report of Tangible Cultural Heritage pic
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Expanding Economic Ties with Turkey: Agribusiness pic
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ATNP 1 Results pic
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Getting to Yes: Prospects for the Armenian-Turkish Dialogue
This paper seeks to develop ideas and input to generate a sense for…
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Read More