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President Biden’s First Overseas Trip

June 17, 2021 In June 1961, President John F. Kennedy, on his first overseas trip, visited France. At the time France had not withdrawn from NATO’s integrated military command and the Alliance headquarters was still in Paris. On June 1, … Continue reading

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The Biden-Erdogan Summit

June 7, 2021 The Summit of Allied leaders will take place on 14 June 2021 at the NATO HQ in Brussels. Following a long-practiced tradition this will be the first NATO Summit after the new US President took office in … Continue reading

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Secretary Blinken’s Middle East Tour

May 31, 2021 On April 29, 2018, Mike Pompeo made his first visit to Israel as Secretary of State. This is how Prime Minister Netanyahu started off their joint press conference: “Secretary Pompeo, it’s wonderful to welcome you. “This is … Continue reading

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The Gaza Cease-fire

May 24, 2021 With the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire taking hold last Friday, the 11-day Gaza conflict is hopefully over. By and large, this latest episode also conformed to the pattern of Gaza confrontations. There were clashes at Jerusalem’s holy sites; Israel … Continue reading

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How We Lost Our Way

May 3, 2021 During my years at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I sometimes asked the ambassadors in Ankara how they viewed their job in our capital since they usually stressed Turkey’s location as a unique observation post for … Continue reading

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West’s Turkey Dilemma

April 26, 2021 Turkey’s joining the Council of Europe and NATO in 1949 and 1952 respectively, and the launching of the EU accession process in 2005 had provided a progressive institutional framework for Turkey’s relations with the West. But our … Continue reading

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China and the US: A Competitive Relationship (2)

March 20, 2021 No one hoped for a breakthrough at the US-China talks in Anchorage. And only a few might have expected the talks to start with such an exchange of sharp rebukes. After all this was the first high-level … Continue reading

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China and the US: A Competitive Relationship

March 16, 2021 Following the Second World War, the standoff between the US and Russia, NATO and the Warsaw Pact was called the Cold War. Nonetheless, in 1969, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed. The same year, Strategic Arms Limitation … Continue reading

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Recalibrating America’s Relationships

March 1, 2021 On February 19, President Biden addressed the global community for the first time. At 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference he defined the partnership between Europe and the US as the cornerstone of all that the West hopes … Continue reading

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What is to Be Done?

February 22, 2021 Since Turkish foreign policy has remained at a dead-end for a decade, the question “what is to be done?” defines the essence of our monotonous debate. Since we are a people with a short memory, how we … Continue reading

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