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Biden’s Use of the G-Word Furthers Turkey’s Isolation

The American presidential tradition of commemorating the beginning of the forced exile of millions of Ottoman Armenians occurs on April 24, and...

The commemoration always sends Washington aides scurrying for a miracle word the president can use to refer to the event—one that acknowledges the scope of the tragedy while not offending America’s Turkish ally.

  • Burak Bekdil
  • ΒΕSA

Diplomacy is largely about linguistic creativity. Former president Barack Obama wisely opted for the phrase “Meds Yeghern”—”Great Calamity” in Armenian—in his commemoration message rather than “genocide”.

President Biden, however, went ahead and used the word “genocide”: “The American people honor all those…

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