The Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia's official Genocide memorial
The Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia's official Genocide memorial | Photo: z@doune | CC BY 2.0

Turkey and the “so-called” Armenian Genocide: the politics of denial in European and domestic affairs

The Armenian Genocide or, as it is labelled in mainstream Turkish discourse, the “so-called Genocide,” continues to fuel political tensions, both internationally and at home. Use of the G-word by governments worldwide invariably provokes a reaction from Ankara, whose genocide denial continues to shape and colour Turkish foreign policy as well as domestic matters. Strikingly enough, however, the most important institution of the Armenians in Turkey has also participated in the politics of denial in recent years. How do the politics of such genocide recognition and denial play out, and what do they imply?

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