This April 12 photo shows Pope Francis at St Peter's basilica,  leading an Armenian-Rite Mass during which he called the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a "genocide."

This April 12 photo shows Pope Francis at St Peter's basilica, leading an Armenian-Rite Mass during which he called the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a "genocide."

Pope Francis reignited a debate that has smoldered for a hundred years: Whether the deaths of more than a million Armenians were caused by a policy of genocide by the Turks. In a mass on Sunday, the Pope called the massacre “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The Turkish government responded quickly, labeling the pope’s comments unacceptable. Turkey maintains that the death toll was exaggerated, and that many of the Christian Armenians who died in 1915 were the victims of civil war. A look at why the fate of Armenians in Turkey a century ago remains a passionate issue today.

Guests

  • Thomas de Waal Senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of a new book, "Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide."
  • Omer Taspinar Professor of national security strategy at the U.S. National War College; non-resident senior fellow with the Turkey project at the Brookings Institution.
  • Hrach Gregorian Adjunct professor in the international peace and conflict resolution program at American University's School of International Service; president of The Institute of World Affairs.

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

The Case For The Presidential Debate

Tuesday, Aug 11 2020Nothing about the 2020 presidential campaign is typical and the debates are no different. Diane talks with Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, about how they are planning in the middle of a pandemic.

Could This Be The End Of The NRA?

Friday, Aug 07 2020In a lawsuit filed this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James said a months long investigation into the National Rifle Association found extensive "fraud and abuse" and she's calling for the powerful gun rights organization to be dissolved. Diane talks with Adam Winkler, professor of law at UCLA, about the lawsuit and what comes next.