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Unsilencing the Past

Track-Two Diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation

David L. Phillips

160 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-84545-007-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (February 2005)

eISBN 978-1-78238-938-5 eBook


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Reviews

"Phillips’s firsthand information and analysis are extremely useful…an indispensable source…a profound, interesting, and challenging book."  ·  Peace, Conflict and Development: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Description

The Turkish-Armenian conflict has lasted for nearly a century and still continues in attenuated forms to poison the relationship between these two peoples. The author, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations and previously advisor to the United Nations, undertook, as head of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Committee, to bring the two sides together and to work with them towards a peaceful resolution of the enmity that had made any contact between them taboo.

His lively account of the difficult negotiations makes fascinating reading; it shows that the newly developed “track-two diplomacy” is an effective tool for reconciling even intractable foes through fostering dialog, contact and cooperation.

David L. Phillips is Director of the Peacebuilding Program, the American University, and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.

Subject: Peace & Conflict Studies
Area: Middle East & Israel



Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface
Elie Wiesel

Introduction

Chapter 1. Lessons from the Eastern Mediterranean
Chapter 2. First Contact
Chapter 3. Legislating History
Chapter 4. Empathy
Chapter 5. A Historic Step
Chapter 6. Storm of Controversy
Chapter 7. Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom
Chapter 8. Terror Strikes
Chapter 9. Reconciliation Dilemma
Chapter 10. Taking Stock
Chapter 11. Applicability of the Genocide Convention
Chapter 12. War in Iraq
Chapter 13. At the Border
Chapter 14. From Theory to Practice

Epilogue

Appendix I: TARC’s Final Recommendations
Appendix II: Acronyms
Appendix III: Personalities

Names Index

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