Getting to Yes: Prospects for the Armenian-Turkish Dialogue

This paper seeks to develop ideas and input to generate a sense for new opportunities, project initiatives and advocacy messages capable of stimulating further dialogue between Armenia and Turkey and the respective societies in the two countries. It is based on the liberal assumption that civil society dialogue can exert a meaningful impact on international affairs and on relations between countries. The paper is largely based on interviews held in Armenia and Turkey in the spring of 2011, when the borders between the two countries continued to be closed. It provides a comprehensive overview of some of the propositions put forward by key stakeholders from civil society to continue and move the dialogue forward, without disregarding the risks involved.