As the maps are being drawn…

As the maps are being drawn…

September 2014

A kind of never-ending conflict in the Middle East has reached its peak with the emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist organization.  ISIS, initiative is Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, took place in the scene recently as the most brutal one between the radical Islamist groups of all time up to the present. Just now, the...

The Revenge Of Middle East’s 100 Years

The Revenge Of Middle East’s 100 Years

August 2014

We are currently living World War I’s 100th anniversary.  Calendar dates could be symbols for historical statements. Especially 50th or 100th steps facilitate some evaluations, self-criticisms, indictments and etc. But the common points generally include taking lessons from these events. Surely, aforementioned handles also contain subjectivities. States’...

Origin Of The Conflicts In The Middle East..

Origin Of The Conflicts In The Middle East..

August 2014

Rational and Irrational Interests versus Universal Values   Can BÜYÜKBAY   The termination of the Cold War has changed the character of international conflicts but it has not reduced the violence and the pain human beings suffer from. In the last years, fatal and deep conflicts increase rapidly, especially in the Middle East. The structural and...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: limited options in unstable times

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: limited options in unstable times

August 2014

Post-2011: From bad to worse The failure of the United States to handle a rising tide of instability in the Middle East is not without precedent. Despite successes in other parts of the world, US foreign policy has long struggled to achieve positive outcomes in the Middle East. Still, today there is a new sense of failure surrounding American policy as negative...

From EU candidacy to Shanghai Five membership: Turkey’s new path

From EU candidacy to Shanghai Five membership: Turkey’s new path

May 2014

Recent discussions show that instead of wanting to be a member of the EU, Turkey has turned its face to the Shanghai Five as the result of a decrease in democratic governance.   The sole strategy of Turkey, in the scope of the modernist movement, is to reach the level of western civilized countries. The milestone for the Turkish modernity period has been the...

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.

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.”

Clinton’s Visit to Turkey: A New Step in the Syrian Affair

Clinton’s Visit to Turkey: A New Step in the Syrian Affair

October 2012

Underestimated by Turkish media, the visit of US Secretary of State provided a new step in the Syrian affair.

China: A Distant Target?

China: A Distant Target?

July 2012

While the new developments in the Middle East creates strategic concerns for Turkey, the US seems to target Asia - Pacific region as its new project.

AKP’s Foreign Policy Doctrine: Illusion or Distortion?

AKP’s Foreign Policy Doctrine: Illusion or Distortion?

April 2012

Turkey could pay a high price for the failures following the foreign policy changes under AKP's Ahmet Davutoglu.

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