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Turkey s Iran Policy Between Diplomacy and Sanctions

Turkey’s Iran Policy: Between Diplomacy and Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed the fourth round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran on June 9, 2010. Turkey, along with...

Turkey, Israel and the US in the Wake of the Gaza Flotilla Crisis

The questions about the direction of Turkish foreign policy have been voiced once more following the flotilla crisis between Turkey and Israel,...

Attack on the Gaza Flotilla An Eyewitness Account

Attack on the Gaza Flotilla: An Eyewitness Account

Palestinians in Gaza have suffered under an illegal siege—first imposed by Israel in 2005 and strictly enforced since early 2009—which Amnesty...

Turkish-Armenian Protocols An Azerbaijani Perspective

Turkish-Armenian Protocols: An Azerbaijani Perspective

This commentary addresses Azerbaijan’s position prior to and in the aftermath of the Turkish-Armenian Protocols signed in October 2009. It...

Russia and Turkish-Armenian Normalization Competing Interests in the South Caucasus

Russia and Turkish-Armenian Normalization: Competing Interests in the South Caucasus

Following the 2008 Georgia war, Russia reasserted itself as the main power in the Caucasus. The war shattered the old status quo and Moscow sought...

Prospects for Normalization between Armenia and Turkey A View from

Prospects for Normalization between Armenia and Turkey: A View from Yerevan

Since Armenia’s independence in 1991, its three successive presidents have invariably expressed their country’s readiness to normalize relations...

The Turkish-Armenian Debacle

The Turkish-Armenian Debacle

Turkey and Armenia signed two protocols on October 10, 2009 at Zurich University in Switzerland, with a view to opening a new chapter in bilateral...

Turkey s Constitutional Amendments Between the status quo and Limited

Turkey’s Constitutional Amendments: Between the status quo and Limited Democratic Reforms

This article deals with debates surrounding the package of constitutional amendments proposed by AK Party deputies. The proposal consists of 27...

Turkey and the New Europe A Bridge Waiting to be

Turkey and the “New Europe”: A Bridge Waiting to be Built

In recent years, the EU’s newest members – having identified a number of shared interests that make collaboration between them desirable, if not...

A Forgotten Promise Ending the Isolation of Turkish Cypriots

A Forgotten Promise: Ending the Isolation of Turkish Cypriots

Despite repeated calls and promises, Turkish Cypriots live in economic, political and humanitarian isolation. This paper tries to address one...

Turkish Domestic Politics in 2009 Towards Normalization

Turkish Domestic Politics in 2009: Towards Normalization

This article analyzes Turkey’s domestic political developments in 2009, by situating them against the results and implications of the 2007 national...

Turkish Foreign Policy in 2009 A Year of Pro-activity

Turkish Foreign Policy in 2009: A Year of Pro-activity

Since the early 2000s, Turkish foreign policy has experienced a fundamental transformation. Turkey’s regional and global position, its relations...

What Type of Islamism for Europe? Islamism in Germany and the Netherlands

Despite the general tendency within the literature on Islamism to label all Islamist associations as undemocratic due to shared Islamic ethos. this...

Understanding the New Turkey: An Egyptian Perspective

Arab-Turkish relations have always been -- at least since the Cold War -- haunted by the Arab elite's concerns. which with time became an obstacle...

Arab-Turkish Cooperation in the New Era

After decades of ups and downs In relations between Turkey and the Arab world, the Development and Justice Party that differed ideologically from...

Turkey's Justice and Development Party through Arab Eyes

İn this article we seek to answer three interrelated questions: First, how do the Islamic, national and democratic forces perceive the justice and...

Charting Turkish Diplomacy in the Gaza Conflict

On December 27, 2008, Israel launched a deadly attack on Gaza. Turkey responded immediately to the Israeli attacks and strongly criticized the...

Obama’s Turkey Policy: Bringing Credibility to “Strategic Partnership”

Under the Obama administration, American foreign policy will be engaged in genuine coalition building with allies. Such a return to multilateralism...

Obama's Foreign Policy: Opportunities and Challenges

Obama's election represents an important opportunity to put US-Turkish relations on a new, more cooperative footing. On many issues especially...

Mapping the Pathways Public Perception and Kurdish Question

Mapping the Pathways: Public Perception and Kurdish Question

The Kurdish initiative announced by the governing Justice and Development Party has increased the discussions on the proper ways and forms of...

The Kurdish Question The Reasons and Fortunes of the Opening

The Kurdish Question: The Reasons and Fortunes of the ‘Opening’

This commentary reflects on the Turkish government’s recent ‘opening’ to address the Kurdish problem and the domestic, regional and international...

The Emergence of the Government s Perspective on the Kurdish

The Emergence of the ‘Government’s Perspective on the Kurdish Issue

The AK Party’s chronic ‘political insecurity’ may have passed a threshold as the ruling party resurfaces as an actor taking advantage of its...

The Alliance of Civilizations A Spanish View

The Alliance of Civilizations: A Spanish View

In the foreseeable future, the international system will become one of multipolarity. This new order can be sustainable and peaceful only if it can...

Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement Timing Matters

Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement: Timing Matters

The Road Map to normalization of bilateral Armenian-Turkish relations announced in April 2009 has not yet been made public, and a slowdown is...

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