Category: SONER ÇAĞAPTAY
In the years to come, the over-arching rivalry in the Middle East will be neither the Arab-Israeli conflict nor Saudi-Iranian tensions. It will be a revived Turkish-Iranian competition.
Category: İLHAN TANIR
Senior U.S. politicians and a Saudi Arabian prince already called on Oct. 12 for Iran to be held accountable for an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Despite heavy accusations, the majority of regional experts appeared to be confused about what to believe, while the U.S. senior officials have been calling for increased pressure on Iran.
Category: ANKARA WHISPERS
NATO’s missile radar will draw Iran back to the negotiating table for talks on its nuclear drive, says prominent former US diplomat Kissinger
Afghanistan's intelligence agency and police force have been "systematically" torturing detainees including children at a number of jails, in breach of local and international laws, a United Nations report said on Monday.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
Turkey and Israel are not in a situation of divorce or hostility, according to American intelligence expert George Friedman.
Category: KADRİ GÜRSEL
If those governing Turkey do not want to share with Israel the data to be obtained by the AN/TPY-2 X-band radar to be located near Kürecik in the Central Anatolian province of Malatya within the framework of NATO’s missile defense system, they should be negotiating this with the United States, not with NATO.
Category: NURAY MERT
U.S. President Barack Obama thanked Turkey for its support in Afghanistan and Libya when he met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his last visit to the United States. Then, it seems that Obama focused on the “Syrian problem” in his meeting with the Turkish prime minister.
NATO’s General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen responded last Monday to a group of journalists invited to Brussels from certain countries in the alliance, including myself.
<p>Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that the Syrian leadership should leave power if it is unable to implement promised reforms, the state-run RIA news agency reported.</p>
Category: NİHAT ALİ ÖZCAN
The recent rise in the number of Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, attacks is making the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government very angry, which is striving to manage the process, especially in order to decrease the speed of terrorist acts and reduce their negative impact. So far the prime minister has made several attempts, two of which are interesting because of their interrelated yet contrasting nature.
“I am no longer surprised by the surprise capacity of the Turkish prime minister,” said an observer of Turkey who is based in Brussels.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to criticize French President Nicolas Sarkozy rather than the British premier.
This week, among all the other developments going on around the world, Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser at the White House, gave an important interview in which he laid down two “core principals” for the United States in terms of the preferred model for any future military interventions. While talking to Foreign Policy Magazine, Rhodes said that in order for the U.S. to intervene militarily, the drive first had to come from an indigenous political movement as it is “far more legi
Category: SEDAT ERGİN
The series of developments in Libya that are entering its last act with Col. Moammar Gadhafi leaving the scene contains many eye-opening messages on what kind of a world we will be living in in the 21st century and what dimensions and what kind of sanctions will be features of international relations.
As the Ottoman Empire vanished after World War I, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk created a new Turkey in the mold of Europe. Controlling all levers of power, including the military, Atatürk implemented his vision by mandating a separation between religion, public policy and government, and by telling his compatriots to consider themselves intuitively Western.
Category: MELİHA BENLİ ALTUNIŞIK
In the wake of atrocities against civilians in Syria, the issue of possibility of military intervention has emerged again in the discussions. The idea of military intervention for human rights reasons is relatively new in international relations and it remains quite a controversial one. The end of the Cold War provided the context for the discussion of this issue at the United Nations and other international organizations.
Washington’s ineffective Syrian policy once more displays how much weaker the U.S. has gotten since its occupation of Iraq in 2003. Then, the mighty U.S. military deposed a strong dictator within weeks. Eight years later, the same Washington now is feeling a great pressure from within and out to do anything meaningful to prevent the Bashar al-Assad regime to stop killing its own people to little avail.
Category: RICHARD REID
That proposition was put up for debate this month by a major global broadcaster. Was it gallows humor, or do the debate’s organizers live on another planet?
The year 2012 will mark the 60th year of Turkey’s membership in NATO. With the decline in Turkey’s public support for NATO, it would be naive to expect any celebrations.
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