THE QUESTION

Today is "Genocide Remembrance Day "in the Armenian community, a particularly strained time of year for Turkey and Armenia. What's a realistic first step forward toward reconciliation for each of these countries?

Posted by Lauren Keane on April 24, 2009 11:54 AM

FROM THE PANEL

The Trouble With the 'Genocide' Label

With such a precise definition, what do we call equally horrific crimes that don't fit the bill?

Posted by Salil Tripathi | 20 COMMENTS
Apr 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Defining a Future As Neighbors

Focusing on the "genocide" issue misses the point that Turkey is already re-examining and redefining its past.

Posted by Richard Giragosian | 7 COMMENTS
Apr 24, 2009 at 2:58 PM
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune. An internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, he is also the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University and the Dubai School of Government. He was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. He teaches annually at American University of Beirut, University of Chicago and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Syracuse University and Stanford University, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves on the board of the East-West Institute, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University (USA), and the Jordan National Museum. He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and for 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan, and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media. He has BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University, NY, USA.

Acknowledge the Aggrieved

Opening borders and normalizing trade and people-to-people exchanges are constructive steps that would allow people to get to know each other better and start to build new relationships based on respect and mutual benefits.

Posted by Rami G. Khouri Beirut, Lebanon | 0 COMMENTS
Apr 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM

The Caucasian Energy Circle

If the United States won over Armenia but lost Azerbaijan, it would dead-end U.S. efforts in the Caucasus and cede the entire region and its energy resources to the circle's new owner, Russia.

Posted by Soner Cagaptay | 3 COMMENTS
Apr 24, 2009 at 2:18 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

'Genocide' Issue Merely a Frame

The genocide issue is merely a frame through which the Armenian diaspora voices its more contemporary sufferings.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 8 COMMENTS
Apr 24, 2009 at 1:37 PM

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