Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2010

The Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement at the Deadlock

Nona Mikhelidze

March 2010

Istituto Affari Internazionali

Abstract

In October 2009, after intense diplomatic talks and the active involvement of key external actors, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu and his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian signed two protocols aimed at restoring bilateral relations. The agreements have however remained unratified due to political obstacles closely linked to historic disputes and the geopolitical constellation in the South Caucasus. As a result, even if rapprochement between Ankara and Yerevan has the potential of producing far-reaching changes in the regional political equilibrium, the status quo remains the most likely scenario.