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Israel Palestine and Apartheid

Israel, Palestine, and Apartheid

The term ‘apartheid’ was coined to describe the system of segregation, practiced for many years in South Africa. However, the 2002 Rome Statute of...

A Socio-Political Overview of Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe Today

A Socio-Political Overview of Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe Today

According to Freedom House, those southeast European states which have joined the European Union are “free” while the rest are “partly free.” For...

U S Policy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict under the Trump

U.S. Policy Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict under the Trump Administration: Continuity or Change?

The 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump as the U.S. president opened a new chapter in U.S. policy making toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....

Evaluating Hamas Struggle in Palestine

Evaluating Hamas’ Struggle in Palestine

This article examines the history and outcomes of Hamas’ involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By using published sources and conducting...

Israeli Practices of Governance in Palestine

Israeli Practices of Governance in Palestine

By the standards of historical and anthropological scholarship, Israel constitutes a colonial settler regime whose certain features may differ from...

Erdoğan s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Erdoğan’s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

In recent years, one of the most popular concepts in Turkish foreign policy has been public diplomacy, which refers to government activities to...

The Turkish Economy at the Crossroads The Political Economy of

The Turkish Economy at the Crossroads: The Political Economy of the 2018 Financial Turbulence

In 2018, the Turkish economy suffered one of the most severe financial speculations in its 38-year open economy era. Some have tried to explain the...

Clashing Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean What About Turkey

Clashing Interests in the Eastern Mediterranean: What About Turkey?

The Eastern Mediterranean region has recently emerged as one of the pivotal foci of international affairs due to its considerable natural gas...

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before During and After the

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before, During, and After the Failed Coup of 2016

Increasing cooperation between Russia and Turkey date back to the 1990s, and go beyond the preferences of a specific political party or leader. A...

The World Is Bigger than Five A Salutary Manifesto of

“The World Is Bigger than Five”: A Salutary Manifesto of Turkey’s New International Outlook

President Erdoğan has expressed his objection to the current structure of the UN with the motto “the world is bigger than five.” The international...

Economic Power and International Security

Economic Power and International Security

International security theories generally identify economic power as the key determinant of military power, and thereby of security, but there is...

Turkey s Relations and Energy Cooperation with the BSEC

Turkey’s Relations and Energy Cooperation with the BSEC

Turkey is conducting an increasingly active energy diplomacy and in order to understand the role and strategies of Ankara in energy geopolitics, it...

The Paradox of Inclusion Exclusion of Islamist Parties in Tunisia

The Paradox of Inclusion/Exclusion of Islamist Parties in Tunisia and Jordan after the Arab Uprisings: A Comparative Study

The public protests that engulfed most Arab regimes in 2011 have since opened a Pandora’s Box of democratization processes in the MENA region. One...

Turkey and Saudi Arabia as Theo-political Actors in the Balkans

Turkey and Saudi Arabia as Theo-political Actors in the Balkans: The Case of Bulgaria

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been increasingly utilizing religious services as an instrument in their foreign policies. One of the most recent...

Prospects for Trilateral Relations between Turkey Serbia and Bosnia and

Prospects for Trilateral Relations between Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

This paper aims to evaluate the trilateral relations between Turkey, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the course of a proper evaluation of...

The Western Balkans in the Transatlantic Security Context Where Do

The Western Balkans in the Transatlantic Security Context: Where Do We Go from Here?

The Western Balkans has traditionally held vital geostrategic importance for European and transatlantic security. Ever since the 1990s, the EU and...

Turkey and Germany in the Balkans Competing with Each Other

Turkey and Germany in the Balkans: Competing with Each Other?

This paper aims to see whether there is a commercial and financial rivalry between Turkey and Germany in the Balkans by examining the export...

Russia in the Balkans Great Power Politics and Local Response

Russia in the Balkans: Great Power Politics and Local Response

The present paper looks into the current policies of Russia in the Balkans. It argues that after a short period of withdrawal from the region,...

Ir relevance of Croatian Experience for Further EU Enlargement

(Ir)relevance of Croatian Experience for Further EU Enlargement

Croatia’s experience of the EU accession and that of its six-year membership is only partially relevant for the Western Balkans’ EU enlargement....

Albanian Slide The Roots to NATO s Pending Lost Balkan

Albanian Slide: The Roots to NATO’s Pending Lost Balkan Enterprise

Since the end of the 1990s, Albanians in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia have submitted to a regime of political and...

Iran s Military Capability The Structure and Strength of Forces

Iran’s Military Capability: The Structure and Strength of Forces

Economic upheaval in the post-revolutionary period, its ideological concerns, the lessons of the war with Iraq and the drive to assert regional...

Deconstructing the Gulf Crisis Post-Colonialism and Competing Projects in the

Deconstructing the Gulf Crisis: Post-Colonialism and Competing ‘Projects’ in the Middle East

This article deconstructs the stated reasons behind the quartet’s blockade on Qatar, including i) Iranian-relations; ii) funding ‘terror;’ iii)...

Persuading through Culture Values and Ideas The Case of Turkey

Persuading through Culture, Values, and Ideas: The Case of Turkey’s Cultural Diplomacy

Cultural diplomacy always links to and often overlaps with soft power and public diplomacy. Thus, the three notions have entered the lexicon of...

No Questions Asked Development and the Paradox of China s

No Questions Asked? Development and the Paradox of China’s Africa Policy

This paper argues that China’s strategy of engaging African countries through its stated “no questions asked” foreign policy could ultimately be...

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