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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
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.
“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?
Last week we all got worried that developments in Kobane would put the peace process in Turkey in jeopardy.
On Oct. 2, the Turkish Parliament voted for a motion authorizing the government to deploy troops abroad and allow the deployment of foreign military forces.
Since the formation of the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the main topic in Turkey has been focused on what the country will provide for the coalition.
ISIL's attack has brought Turkey to a critical breaking point with the Kurds, although it did open its border to Syrian Kurds last weekend. What is breaking down and what are the implications?
There have been extensive allegations lately regarding the relationship between Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Since the foundation of a “core coalition” including Turkey was announced at the NATO Summit last week, we are all wondering what this “coalition” means, what its mission will be and what is expected from Turkey.
“Choose your enemies carefully, but be less picky about your allies.” This was the title of a piece published by the Financial Times three days ago, which reflects exactly where we all stand today.
Most of the convictions on the ISIL have proven to be false so far, which has urged the West and regional powers to revisit their strategies toward Iraq and Syria
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