Nick Danforth

Nick Danforth is a research associate at the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), where he focuses on Turkish politics.

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Moving Beyond Black and White on the Armenian Genocide

What are outside resolutions doing to further the conversation in Turkey on the Armenian genocide?

Faced with a question about the Armenian genocide while in Turkey, President Barack Obama responded deftly, saying, "My views are on the record and I have not changed views." With this formulation, he implicitly recognized the death of a million or more Armenians during World War I as "genocide" without infuriating his hosts by using the word itself. He later urged Turkey to reckon with what he called "the terrible events of 1915," before praising the ongoing negotiations that may soon bring about Turkish-Armenian rapprochement. Today, as Armenians around the world commemorate the 94th anniversary of these terrible events, Obama faces pressure to explicitly refer to the events as genocide now that he has taken office. Whether he does or not, the debate has moved to Congress, where a resolution has been introduced formally recognizing the genocide. As in past years, supporters of genocide recognition present the issue as a matter of principle versus pragmatism. They argue that we...