Turkish people are afraid and want the West

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The Turkish public does not feel safe and secure. This is what the results of the “Survey of Social-Political Tendencies in Turkey” tell us indirectly.

Comment(s) 1/24/2015

Freedom of expression: With or without insult?

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Do the cartoons published by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo fall within the scope of freedom of expression?

Comment(s) 1/17/2015

Backstage at the coalition negotiations between Turkey and the US

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Negotiations between Turkey and the U.S. with regard to the anti-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition have reached a deadlock due to the wide gap between the two countries.

Comment(s) 1/10/2015

New regional balance enters new year

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The Middle East entered the new year with a new balance of power. Two weeks ago, Qatar and Egypt started normalizing their relations. This reconciliation, however, affects not only these two countries, but also the wider region to a great extent and implies a newly emerging equilibrium.

Comment(s) 1/3/2015

Time for Turkey to make the move

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Hatred toward the “other” has never been so causal, abundant and widespread.

Comment(s) 12/27/2014

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 We will end an outdated approach that failed to advance our interests and instead begin to normalize relations between our countries.”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

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