On June 4th CRRC Armenia was pleased to welcome a group of Turkish graduate students, scholars and journalists as part of their 3-day study tour in Armenia. As the first stop on their tour, CRRC director HeghineManasyan gave them general background information on Turkish-Armenian relations, as well as a detailed look at how Armenians view various issues concerning both official and unofficial rapprochement between the two countries.
Some of the issues covered in the presentation include attitudes towards political ties with Turkey throughout the South Caucasus, attitudes regarding economic connections between Armenia and Turkey, support for opening the border with Turkey without any preconditions, as well as opinions on the impact of potentially increased political and economic relations between the two countries. A few new questions regarding the NagornoKarabakh region were discussed as well. After the presentation Dr. Manasyan took questions from the group about various surveys and provided some explanations and analyses on the findings. Participants were particularly interested in the data of Caucasus Barometer 2010 survey of CRRC, including questions on Turkish-Armenian relations.
In addition to visiting CRRC, the study participants also met a variety of government and civil society leaders throughout Armenia. CRRC was honored to be a part of the study tour and looks forward to hosting other similar groups in the future.
If you are interested in looking through the slides for the presentation it has been uploaded and can be viewed below.