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Transatlantic ties

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

The first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, originally scheduled for March 14 but postponed to March 17 due to heavy storms, will be an occasion for pundits to compare their characters, policy choices and weight in world politics.

Comment(s) 3/16/2017

The future of Europe and the EU

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

Amid rising populism, xenophobia, and anti-establishment moods globally, several European countries including the Netherlands, France, Germany, and possibly Italy are preparing for an election cycle that may have significant impact on the future of the EU and indeed Europe. The combination of Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S., Britain’s Brexit vote, and successes of anti-establishment parties in Europe has raised concerns and the stake.

Comment(s) 3/9/2017

The logjam in Syria and Iraq

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

A few days ago, the Iraqi army launched its second offensive in the last six months to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that has controlled the city and its surroundings for almost three years.

Comment(s) 2/23/2017

What’s happening in Ukraine?

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

It has been more than three years since Ukrainians gathered at Maidan Square in Kyiv on the night of Nov. 21, 2013, to demand closer integration with Europe and the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych

Comment(s) 2/16/2017

Quo Vadis Europe?

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

The rise of populist leaders around the world continues to astound many, though it is obvious by now that this will be the defining feature of early 21st century politics.

Comment(s) 2/9/2017

Trump presidency testing the world

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

It has been only two weeks since the inauguration of Donald Trump as the president of the United States, but he has managed to create division and distrust not only among Americans, but also across the world.

Comment(s) 2/2/2017

People’s choices in Turkish foreign policy

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

Public surveys help us to assess the preferences of citizens on a variety of issues.

Comment(s) 1/26/2017

Decision time for Cyprus

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

The latest talks held between the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities in Geneva last week, under the auspices of the U.N., failed to produce desired outcomes.

Comment(s) 1/19/2017

Fight for Mosul and Turkish-Iraqi relations

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

After months of preparation and supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s air power, the Iraqi army finally started its military operation to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Oct. 17, 2016.

Comment(s) 1/12/2017

Good riddance, 2016

MUSTAFA AYDIN writes:

As the year comes to an end, looking back might provide insights for the challenges ahead.

Comment(s) 12/29/2016

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