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Disappointment at the United Nations The Failure of the Palmer

Disappointment at the United Nations: The Failure of the Palmer Report

After the Israeli attack of May 31, 2010 on the Freedom Flotilla led by the Mavi Marmara, the UN Secretary General appointed a panel of inquiry to...

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans and Neo-Ottomanism A Personal

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Balkans and “Neo-Ottomanism”: A Personal Account

This essay examines the influence and performance as well as the perception of the new, pro-active Turkish foreign policy in South-East Europe. It...

Prospects for Palestinian Unity After the Arab Spring

Prospects for Palestinian Unity After the Arab Spring

If the revolutions sweeping then Arab world are in fact its “spring” then the Hamas/Fateh reconciliation deal may very well be the first buds this...

Russia s Counter-Revolutionary Stance toward the Arab Spring

Russia’s Counter-Revolutionary Stance toward the Arab Spring

The wave of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa has not only affected Russia’s interests but also opens some new opportunities for...

Unrest in the Arab World: Four Questions

This essay addresses four questions that the “Arab spring” has raised with respect to academic scholarship and policy advice. Why did scholars fail...

The Arab Uprisings Debating the Turkish Model

The Arab Uprisings: Debating the “Turkish Model”

Mass uprisings on the Arab streets have become the vehicle for reform as the availability of modern means of communication has enabled the Arab...

The Arab Revolution of 2011 Reflections on Religion and Politics

The Arab Revolution of 2011: Reflections on Religion and Politics

The democratic uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East have been widely celebrated but in the West they have generated concern and...

Arab Revolts Islamists aren t Coming

Arab Revolts: Islamists aren’t Coming!

There has been strong concern about the direction of the current revolts in the Middle East. The fear has been that the revolts may result in the...

The Middle East is in Transition to What

The Middle East is in Transition—to What?

The Arab world has been changed irreversibly by the popular uprisings that started in early 2011. The long period of dormancy that enveloped the...

The Congressional Elections 2010 and Turkish Interests in the Congress

The Congressional Elections 2010 and Turkish Interests in the Congress

Republicans, in a classic midterm “wave election,” supplanted the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives with a large majority of...

U.S.-Turkey Relations: Model Partnership as an ‘Empty Signifier’

This commentary attempts to make a conceptual evaluation of the phrase “model partnership” as a definition of US-Turkey relations. Against the...

The Rise of Turkish Gaullism: Getting Turkish-American Relations Right

Turkey is becoming more independent and self-confident. Yet, the current analysis on Turkey in most American circles tirelessly refers to the...

The New Turkey and American-Turkish Relations

The ‘New Turkey’ and American-Turkish Relations

The United States has to deal with a very different Turkey today than the Turkey during the Cold War. The disappearance of the Soviet threat has...

Turkey’s Response to the Global Economic Crisis

Turkey was not affected by the financial crisis as much as the advanced economies and managed to rapidly exit the turmoil. The reasons behind the...

The New Leader for the Old CHP Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The New Leader for the Old CHP: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The CHP constitutes a crucial place in Turkish political life. From its establishment to its closure after the military intervention of September...

Democratization and Europeanization in Turkey After the September 12 Referendum

The recent reform of the Turkish constitution makes Turkey a more democratic country according to European Union standards. This does not mean,...

Constitutional Referendum Farewell to the Old Turkey

Constitutional Referendum: Farewell to the ‘Old Turkey’

This commentary studies the results of the constitutional referendum that took place on September 12, 2010. It argues that the results underscore...

United States and Turkey Allies at Odds

United States and Turkey: Allies at Odds?

Much has been said and written about US-Turkish relations recently. The main reason for that is the fact that the relations have gone through a...

Turkey’s Role in the Middle East: An Outsider’s Perspective

Owing to a changing geopolitical environment and a new foreign-policy approach, Turkey’s policies towards and role in the Middle East have...

The EU and Turkey in Energy Diplomacy

The EU and Turkey in Energy Diplomacy

Since 2000, Turkey’s Europeanisation process has affected the country’s foreign policy both as a structural and a conjunctural factor. As a...

Turkey’s Energy Policies: Suggestions for a Change

This paper begins by underlining Turkey’s excessive external dependence on energy. Issues surrounding the creation of new power generation...

Turkey as a Regional Energy Hub

Turkey as a Regional Energy Hub

Turkey has so many factors operating in favor of it becoming one of the world’s great energy hubs – and yet there are so many reasons why it may...

Turkey s Energy Policy Regional Role and Future Energy Vision

Turkey’s Energy Policy, Regional Role and Future Energy Vision

This article brings internal and external aspects of Turkey’s energy policy into sharp perspective by summarizing trends and practices. A brief...

Unblocking Turkey’s EU Accession

Debates over Turkey’s application for EU membership are rife with pessimism nowadays. Much of the gloom comes from the many obstacles either...

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