Cuba deal: End or revival of the Cold War?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“We can’t keep doing the same thing for five decades and expect a different result. It’s time for a new approach. We will end an outdated approach that failed to advance our interests and instead begin to normalize relations between our countries.”

Comment(s) 12/20/2014

A conversation with Salih Muslim

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is unifying not only Baghdad and Arbil, but also the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, thus creating a completely new Kurdish reality in the region.

Comment(s) 12/13/2014

And here comes Iran

VERDA ÖZER writes:

You know what they say: 'Coming events cast their shadows first.' Even though it was not announced with trumpets, by bombing ISIL targets in Iraq on Dec. 3, Iran has joined the anti-ISIL coalition

Comment(s) 12/6/2014

The only way that Turkey and US can recouple

VERDA ÖZER writes:

You must have heard of the famous “Pottery Barn Rule.” Accordingly, in a retail store you are responsible for the damage you do to the goods on display. In other words: Once you break it, you own it.

Comment(s) 11/29/2014

US wants Turkey’s boots on the ground

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Turkey has been hosting three key Americans in the last three days. One is Vice President Joe Biden. The second is John Allen, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) strategy.

Comment(s) 11/22/2014

‘Kurds are the primary US partner in Iraq and Syria’

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week I had the chance to have a tête-à-tête conversation with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), one of the United States’ most established think tanks.

Comment(s) 11/15/2014

A conversation with Iraq’s foreign minister

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim al-Jaafari was in Ankara for the last two days. This has been the first high level official visit since the relations between Turkey and Iraq froze during Nouri al-Maliki’s Prime Ministry. Hence, his message was quite critical.

Comment(s) 11/8/2014

Time to face up to Kobane

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The resistance in Kobane and the following protests on Oct. 6-7 in Turkey have confronted us with the weaknesses of the peace process in Turkey, as well as the new reality in the region.

Comment(s) 11/1/2014

‘We are ready for normalization with Israel’

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“We are ready for normalization with Israel,” said a top official in Ankara who I met this week. My question had been: Is Turkey considering normalizing its relations with Israel and Egypt, which are the only countries offering stability in the region other than Iran?

Comment(s) 10/25/2014

A conversation with the deputy prime minister

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week we all got worried that developments in Kobane would put the peace process in Turkey in jeopardy.

Comment(s) 10/18/2014

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