Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 in Retrospect

December 28, 2015 Arab Spring turmoil has continued to dominate world’s agenda with the war in Syria, ISIL terrorism and the refugee problem as top items. The confrontation over Ukraine has somewhat receded confirming predictions of a frozen conflict. The … Continue reading

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UN Security Council Resolutions 2253 and 2254

December 21, 2015 On December 17, 2015 the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2253 (*) to suppress the financing of terrorism. The 28-page resolution covers asset freeze, travel ban, arms embargo and listing criteria for ISIL, Al-Qaida and “associated … Continue reading

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Downing of Russian Su-24: The NATO Dimension

Co-authored with Yusuf Buluç (*) December 16, 2015 Downing of Russia’s Su-24 bomber on November 24, 2015 has led to tensions between Ankara and Moscow putting decades-long cooperation in danger. Before the incident, a Russian military delegation headed by Major … Continue reading

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Turkey Needs to Build Trust

December 14, 2015 In a world of contradictions foreign policy is no exception. The West, for example, always takes care to wave the democracy flag but can become oblivious to democratic values in its dealings with Middle East tyrannies. Russia … Continue reading

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Moment of Truth for Turkey’s Syria Policy

December 3, 2015 On November 27, 2015 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration was pressing Turkey to deploy thousands of additional troops along its border with Syria to cordon off a 60-mile stretch of frontier that U.S. … Continue reading

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EU-Turkey Brussels Summit: “The Deal”

December 2, 2015 The EU summit held in Brussels on December 17, 2004 decided that accession negotiations with Turkey would start on October 3, 2005. The process was accordingly launched at the Luxembourg Intergovernmental Conference. This was two years after … Continue reading

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