Over the course of the ATNP project, the realities in Turkey and around Turkey started quickly changing. In recent months and days, the change is very fast and in unpredictable and less tolerant directions. As a result, efforts to understand better what is going on in and around Turkey are essential.
Currently, there is a new factor that must be addressed: for Armenians the issue of Armenia-Turkey relations is of paramount importance. The recent political developments in Turkey demonstrate that for Turkey, the same is not true. Understanding that difference is important for Armenians to better plan and implement the interaction with counterparts in Turkey.
The activity will consist of a series of media reports that will focus on understanding what is happening in Turkey in order to better understand how to move forward. Also, the discourse in Turkey must reach a broader audience, especially in Armenia, in order to break stereotypes.
The activity includes interviews and weekly round-ups. Materials will be distributed in Armenia through Civilitas Foundation (CF) supported media (CivilNet.am). Agos newspaper (Turkey) will cooperate to provide context and editorial guidance. Periodically, some Armenia-based pieces will be offered in Turkish to Agos or other Turkey-based media.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.