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The impasses of Turkish foreign policy at first glance

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Although more than two months have passed since the controversial referendum on shifting to an executive presidential system, the much-anticipated stability and comfort in Turkey’s internal politics and external relationships are far from visible.

Comment(s) 6/28/2017

What is the value of a human life?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Teacher Semih Özaçka and academic Nuriye Gülmen were arrested on terror charges on May 23, on the 75th day of their hunger strike.

Comment(s) 6/24/2017

EU, US engagement needed for key Cyprus conference

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

The Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders, Mustafa Akıncı and Nikos Anastasiades, will meet in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on June 28. The meeting comes after strong pressure from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres to hold another conference in order to bring the two parties closer to a breakthrough with the participation of three guarantor countries: Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom

Comment(s) 6/21/2017

CHP turns ‘No’ campaign into ‘Justice’ movement in Turkey

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

On April 16, 51.4 percent of the Turkish electorate voted in favor of a package of constitutional amendments that introduced an executive presidential system, in a drastic change to the country’s nearly century-old government system.

Comment(s) 6/17/2017

Italian, French journos released; how about Turkish colleagues?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

French photojournalist Mathias Depardon was freed and deported on June 9, after a month of captivity without any official charges.

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Turkey’s delicate situation in new era of the Middle East

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

A series of very harsh sanctions imposed on June 5 by prominent Arab and Gulf countries under the coordination of Saudi Arabia against neighboring Qatar is no doubt marking the beginning of a new era in the already fragile and unstable Middle East.

Comment(s) 6/10/2017

İncirlik row may raise questions on Turkey’s NATO role

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

In this part of the world many things happen with no easy answers and no resolutions

Comment(s) 6/7/2017

How did NATO’s second largest army fail to see a coup coming?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

The release of a report penned by the parliamentary panel tasked with probing the deadly July 2016 coup attempt staged by the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) has ignited fresh debate on how the putsch was able to take place, why the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and Turkish Armed Forces failed to know about coup preparations in advance, and why the inquiry ignored the role of politicians.

Comment(s) 5/31/2017

Gülen earns $500 million annually from US activities: Turkish intel report

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

A report from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) recently suggested that the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) earned half-a-billion U.S. dollars from its 312 education institutions across the U.S., describing the country as the main center of activities of the group.

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

Turkey’s Erdoğan to make a key debut at NATO, EU

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Just three days after resuming the leadership of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will embark on a two-day trip to Brussels on May 24 and 25. While there he will hold key meetings at the NATO summit and with the two top leaders of the European Union.

Comment(s) 5/24/2017

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