Turkey and the US meet halfway

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“We are exchanging messages with the PYD [Democratic Union Party]. Our dialogue channels are open. The course of Turkey’s relations with the PYD depends on their attitude. Tal Abyad is a test case for them.”

Comment(s) 7/4/2015

Tribute to Islam from Christian leader

VERDA ÖZER writes:

It is one of Europe’s oldest people, yet has a Muslim majority. The whole nation is ethnically homogenous, yet split among three religions.

Comment(s) 6/27/2015

Turkey-Israel elections left behind, normalization up ahead?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Turkey and Israel currently share a common fate. General elections were held in Israel three months ago and a new coalition in the Knesset was only last month formed - and is still “in flux.”

Comment(s) 6/13/2015

US election scenarios for Turkey

VERDA ÖZER writes:

For the first time since the November 2002 national elections, there is uncertainty in Turkey about which party will rule Turkey from tomorrow on.

Comment(s) 6/6/2015

Turkey and US reach compromise

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“Knowing what you’ve got, knowing what you need, knowing what you can do without. That’s inventory control.”

Comment(s) 5/30/2015

Another Bosnian war on the brink?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Sarajevo is a typical Ottoman town where you instantly come across mosques, bazaars and fountains remaining from the Ottoman era, while there are many Turkish-speaking people to be found walking through its streets.

Comment(s) 5/23/2015

Train-equip program has started in Turkey

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“The train-equip program started in Turkey. 300 Syrian rebels already arrived on May 9.” These words were uttered by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu this week

Comment(s) 5/16/2015

Is Turkey sending troops to Syria?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

We all have been bombarded by news and allegations about Syria this week. Some were about the radically changing dynamics within Syria, while others related to shifting regional alliances and U.S. policy

Comment(s) 5/9/2015

A new war in the Balkans?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

On the one hand, violence is re-erupting in Bosnia. On the other hand, Albania and Serbia seem to be at odds. And Serbia still doesn’t accept Kosovo’s independence

Comment(s) 5/2/2015

ASALA victim calls for friendship

VERDA ÖZER writes:

While Turkey has been locked on the genocide debate on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Massacres, the victims of ASALA are totally forgotten.

Comment(s) 4/25/2015

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