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It’s not so very long since Turk­ish Re­view Vol-3/3 took a closer look at Turkey’s re­la­tions with the coun­tries of the South Cau­ca­sus. In Vol-5/2, how­ever, the fo­cus is on just one of th­ese neigh­bors: Ar­me­nia. April 2015 sees the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Yere­van and Ankara come un­der the spot­light, and this is­sue ex­plores the ori­gins of the coun­tries’ trou­bled re­la­tions.

An opin­ion piece from re­searcher Nareg Se­fe­rian ex­am­ines the evo­lu­tion of the Ar­me­nian Cause. He un­der­lines that any mean­ing­ful, long-term res­o­lu­tion to the Ar­me­nian-Turk­ish is­sue needs plan­ning that is equally mean­ing­ful and long-term. Mean­while İstanbul Bilgi Uni­ver­sity’s Esra El­mas ad­dresses the cen­te­nary that falls on April 24, 2015, and its sig­nif­i­cance, in par­tic­u­lar for Turkey’s re­main­ing Ar­me­ni­ans. El­mas tack­les this is­sue in the con­text of a re­cent pub­li­ca­tion by the Hrant Dink Foun­da­tion (HDV), “The sounds of Si­lence III: Ar­me­ni­ans of Ankara Speak.” (More in­for­ma­tion on the HDV can be found in this is­sue’s NGO Watch, pre­pared by Turk­ish Re­view’s Esra Nur Eygören.)

Two Views this is­sue also looks at the cen­te­nary of the mass killings of Ar­me­ni­ans dur­ing the Ot­toman Em­pire. Yonca Poyraz Doğan presents strik­ingly dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions of events from Prof. Arus Yu­mul of İstanbul Bilgi Uni­ver­sity and for­mer Turk­ish diplo­mat and head of the Ankara-based Cen­ter for Eurasian Stud­ies (AVİM) Alev Kılıç. On a sim­i­lar theme, Last Word fea­tures an in­ter­view with Turk­ish Re­view Ed­i­to­rial Ad­vi­sory Board mem­ber Prof. Ron­ald Grigor Suny (Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, Na­tional Re­search Uni­ver­sity in Saint Peters­burg, Uni­ver­sity of Chicago), who looks at the in­flu­ence of the events of 1915 on the birth of the Turk­ish na­tion-state.

Re­main­ing on the sub­ject of Turkey’s mi­nori­ties, an ar­ti­cle from Sedef Er­doğan Gio­vanelli (İstanbul Bilgi Uni­ver­sity) ex­am­ines the fate of Turkey’s Greek Or­tho­dox Chris­tians since the 19th cen­tury, with a fo­cus on the Black Sea re­gion’s Sumela Monastery. She also sheds light on the ways in which Ankara’s cul­tural her­itage poli­cies over­lap with the thorny is­sues of na­tion­al­ism and Mus­lim iden­tity in present-day Turkey.

Re­turn­ing to the cur­rent agenda in Turkey, jour­nal­ist Noah Blaser looks at the ways in which the manic pace of na­tional news has granted the rul­ing Jus­tice and Devel­op­ment Party (AK Party) re­prieve from is­sues that are un­pop­u­lar with its vot­ers. Blaser fo­cuses in par­tic­u­lar on the pres­i­dent’s his­tory of start­ing highly po­lar­iz­ing de­bates over Turkey’s most sen­si­tive cul­tural dis­putes.

Fi­nally the first opin­ion piece in the jour­nal; writer and broad­caster Jonathan Fryer as­sesses the sit­u­a­tion of the anti-Is­lamic State coali­tion in the light of re­cent re­gional de­vel­op­ments.

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