Don't Legislate History
It is no great secret that many people in Turkey did not favor the election of Barack Obama as the new U.S. President due to his support of defining the tragic fate of Ottoman Armenians during World War I as "genocide." American foreign policy would greatly benefit from Turkish assistance and cooperation beyond the obvious issues of Iran, Iraq, and the Caucasus. In the Turkish-Armenian relationship, history is being used as a political weapon to settle scores. Turkey has shown great progress on the path toward reconciliation, but there are more steps the Turkish government could take to warm the relationship once and for all.