“‘In the post-Cold War years the U.S. could just dance around a lot of these little things and never make decisions,’ says the Wilson Center’s James Jeffrey, a longtime diplomat. ‘But with both Trump and now Biden there is a shift to recognize the reality of a situation, end the debate with a decision, and move on to what’s really important…’

“By formally recognizing that the atrocities committed against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire more than a century ago constituted genocide, President Joe Biden extends a recent string of actions with which presidents have upended conventional U.S. foreign policy – and predecessors’ caution – to honor a campaign promise…”

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