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As tides are rising and Reflections TURKEY…

As tides are rising and Reflections TURKEY…

December 2012

Reflections TURKEY, as we noted in our previous issue, has been following closely the national and regional policy ramifications of the crisis th at has been deepening Syria. Our projections that the Syrian Crisis would transform into a prolonged, costly and painful process appears to be holding so far and the manner in which Turkey has been anxiously becoming a...

Turkey’s Arab Spring Journey: Qui Vadis on Syria?

Turkey’s Arab Spring Journey: Qui Vadis on Syria?

December 2012

While Turkey continues its journey with a sharp shift in policies towards Arab countries, the “spring” has come to its border.

What’s Happening in Syria?

What’s Happening in Syria?

December 2012

Although Turkey's pretext for intervention in Syria has changed to “Syrian mortars killing Turkish citizens” from “the absence of democracy,” the end result of the fragmentation does not seem profitable for Turkey.

Is “Tolerance” the Straight Path for Cultural Diversity?

Is “Tolerance” the Straight Path for Cultural Diversity?

December 2012

In the new world establihment, the mantras of cultural diversity would be tolerance and dialogue.

Alevis in AKP’s Foreign Policy

Alevis in AKP’s Foreign Policy

December 2012

AKP's aggressive policy to expand Islamic brotherhood started to become a threat for Alevis in Turkey.

The Effect of Public Opinion on AKP’s Syrian Policy: “Stop! We Are Friends”

The Effect of Public Opinion on AKP’s Syrian Policy: “Stop! We Are Friends”

December 2012

Although public opinion about Syria was in favor of the government, recent polls show that the Turkish public does not support the government's Syrian policies anymore.

Can Turkey Avoid the Middle Income Trap?

Can Turkey Avoid the Middle Income Trap?

December 2012

The tasks and responsibilities that Turkey would have to undertake in a Peace Support Operation by NATO would inflict significant costs and burdens on the country.

The Result of the Bar Association Elections: Unsatisfactory Rule of Law

The Result of the Bar Association Elections: Unsatisfactory Rule of Law

December 2012

In the recent Turkish bar elections, lawyers were not only selecting their presidents and board members, they were in fact putting forward their opinions and preferences regarding the current rule of law in Turkey.

Saturday Mothers of Turkey: 17 Years of Silent Protest

Saturday Mothers of Turkey: 17 Years of Silent Protest

December 2012

Meeting every saturday on the busiest street of Istanbul, Saturday Mothers insist on demanding that those responsible for the disappearences of their loved ones should be put on trial.

The CHP’s Ideological Crisis: Both Diffident and Different

The CHP’s Ideological Crisis: Both Diffident and Different

December 2012

After three consecutive electoral defeats against the ruling Justice and Development Party, Turkey's first political party, the Republican People's Party, is experiencing a difficult period, fluctuating between Kemalist and social democratic principles.

Economic Developments in the EU and Turkey

Economic Developments in the EU and Turkey

December 2012

Despite the recent important decisions both EU and Turkey is still facing a number of significant problems.

Would NATO Support Turkey in Syria?

Would NATO Support Turkey in Syria?

December 2012

The tasks and responsibilities that Turkey would have to undertake in a Peace Support Operation by NATO would inflict significant costs and burdens on the country.

The European Perception of Turkey in the Syria Crisis

The European Perception of Turkey in the Syria Crisis

December 2012

As many critics in Europe noted, Turkey, in its aggressive policy toward Syria, is becoming more and more isolated and seems to be “trapped in the swamp.”

“The Madmen Lead the Blind”

“The Madmen Lead the Blind”

December 2012

By looking at the famous quotation of King Lear, we can see how perfectly the words find their equivalent in today's political environment in Turkey.