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Chasing the Dream The Salman Doctrine and Saudi Arabia s

Chasing the Dream: The Salman Doctrine and Saudi Arabia’s Bid for Regional Dominance

Saudi Arabia’s massive air campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen initiated a major shift from the Kingdom’s traditional policy of restraint,...

Why the Neutrality of Azerbaijan Is Important for the European

Why the Neutrality of Azerbaijan Is Important for the European Union

Fragile stability in the South Caucasus is hugely dependent on the neutrality or so-called balanced foreign policy course of the Republic of...

Remarks on Turkey s Judicial Reform Strategy Document

Remarks on Turkey’s Judicial Reform Strategy Document

The Judicial Reform Strategy Document, which was announced to the public on May 30, 2019, is the third of Turkey’s reform documents aiming for...

European Parliament Elections A New Political Environment in Europe and

European Parliament Elections: A New Political Environment in Europe and Turkey

Citizens of the European Union (EU) voted to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from May 23-26, 2019, making this the second...

The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and Turkey s

The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and Turkey’s Resistance

With the retreat of liberalism in the Western world and the US withdrawing on many global issues, the international system is undergoing serious...

China s Investment in the Balkans under the Belt and

China’s Investment in the Balkans under the Belt and Road Initiative: A Chinese Perspective

China’s investment in the Balkan region has been maintaining good momentum in recent years, with preferential investments being in the...

The European Crisis and Turkey s Unpredictable Role in the

The European Crisis and Turkey’s Unpredictable Role in the Balkans

This paper discusses Turkey’s role in the Balkans as part of the broader narrative of European integration. ‘Europeanization’ in the early 2000s...

Republic of Macedonia or North Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia or North Macedonia?

Before Macedonia even became an independent state, Greece objected to its existence under such a name. The Greek challenge to the name, ‘Republic...

Turkey s Balkan Policy and Its Skeptics

Turkey’s Balkan Policy and Its Skeptics

During the last decades, in parallel to its economic growth and foreign policy activism, Turkey has become an important regional actor in the...

The Macedonia Name Dispute A Few Drivers and Spoilers of

The Macedonia Name Dispute: A Few Drivers and Spoilers of Success

In June 2018, after 27 years of negotiations, the governments of Macedonia and Greece signed an agreement to resolve the so-called ‘name dispute’...

The Role of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina Antemurale Christianitatis

The Role of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Antemurale Christianitatis as a Policy of Choice

The commentary deals with the history of Croatian interference in BiH in the context of the place that BiH and its Muslims hold in the development...

Russia in Africa A Search for Continuity in a Post-Cold

Russia in Africa: A Search for Continuity in a Post-Cold War Era

This commentary proposes to connect Russia’s present activities in Africa to the history of Soviet involvement on the continent during the Cold...

China Oil and Africa A New Perspective

China, Oil, and Africa: A New Perspective

This commentary provides insights into the evolving trajectories of China-Africa relations by drawing on a case study of the place of a strategic...

Trade of China and India with Africa after the 2008

Trade of China and India with Africa after the 2008 Financial Crisis

The paper analyses the trade competition between China and India in Africa over the period from 2008 to 2017. After the 2008 financial crisis,...

The Proposed Territorial Exchange between Serbia and Kosovo

The Proposed Territorial Exchange between Serbia and Kosovo

Serbia and Kosovo have initiated a process of territorial exchange that could have serious repercussions, both in the Western Balkans and...

Turkey s Comeback to Central Asia

Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim and ethnically Turkic republics of Central Asia....

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey s Return to Central

Uzbekistan as a Gateway for Turkey’s Return to Central Asia

After two decades of downhill diplomacy, Turkey and Uzbekistan have pledged to deepen bilateral ties in years to come. Given its geopolitical...

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Silk Road between a Rock and a Hard Place: Russian and Chinese Competition for Central Asia’s Energy

China’s displacement of Russian economic influence in Central Asia is generating great interest in Western academic and policy circles, but this...

The June 24 Elections On Political Change and the Future

The June 24 Elections: On Political Change and the Future of Turkey

On June 24, 2018, two elections that determine Turkey’s future took place. By focusing on the political transformation that shaped the June 24...

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

The Nature of the Libyan Crisis and Forthcoming Election

Libya, which ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has been dragged into another crisis. This study addresses the situation, by taking...

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey The June 24

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey: The June 24 Elections

On June 24, 2018, with a participation rate of more than 85 percent, Turkey elected its President and parliamentarians. While determining Turkey’s...

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump

Transatlantic Relations in the Age of Donald Trump

While the future of the transatlantic relations has been a serious question of concern since the end of the Cold War, the institutionalized...

The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right

The European Union and the Mainstreaming of the Radical Right

Radical right wing parties have been increasingly effective in challenging and eroding this consensus, using a redemptive sovereigntist platform to...

Turkey-EU Customs Union Its Modernization and Potential for Turkey-EU Relations

Turkey-EU Customs Union: Its Modernization and Potential for Turkey-EU Relations

The customs union is still one of the most concrete outcomes of Turkey’s gradual integration to the EU. However, due to changes in world trade, EU...

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