03 November 2006

1200) Armenian-Turkish Relations: From Interstate Dispute To Neighborliness, Ruben Safrastyan

Contents
· Introduction
· The Problem
· Aspects of Problem
· Genocide of Armenians becomes a factor in foreign policy of Armenia
· Ideological Substantiation of Turkey's Regional Policy
· Theoretical Elaboration of Problem
· Recommendations
· Author’s Related Publications During IPF Fellowship
· Selected Bibliography . .

Introduction
The Armenian-Turkish interstate relations at the end of the XX and at the beginning of XXI centuries were "twice unlucky": both the fact of reality and the fact of research. Let us explaining our idea.

In real life, the relations between Armenia and Turkey exist that is the two neighboring countries ”recognize” each other’s existence, from time to time official representatives of different levels, including the presidents and foreign ministers, have contacts, as well as negotiations are held. However, they have not been legally registered so far from the view point of the International Law, so, no diplomatic relations have been established, that is strictly speaking, they are not likely to exist in the system of the modern international bilateral relations.

One of the parties, Turkey, refuses from establishing diplomatic ties explaining it by several preliminary conditions. It one-sidedly carries out a factual economic blockade, as well as has introduced a special visa regime toughening it time from time, allowing some indulgence depending on the results of discussion of the problem of the Armenian Genocide by the parliaments of the third countries. The situation with the scientific research of the problem of the Armenian-Turkish interstate relations is not better. The authors of the majority of the existing works, first of all, solve the task of justification of definite narrow national and narrow party approaches to this difficult and multidimensional problem or, at the best, limit themselves to a simple account of facts in a chronological order. Unfortunately, the last case as well lacks any full research of the history of the Armenian-Turkish interstate relations; even their separate periods had no adequate reflection in the special literature from the point of view of the "bare" factual account. Factually, there are no works wherein they could be analyzed through the conceptual system used in the modern science on international relations, saying nothing of the monograph where a complex approach would occur. Instead, the practice of consideration of the Armenian-Turkish inter-state relations only in the context of studying the Karabakh conflict or the patterns of competition in the region has become widely disseminated. As a result, unilateral and facilitated approaches are more characteristic for the. .

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