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Obituary for Turkey’s EU Accession Process

January 7, 2017 Turkey remains in diplomatic isolation. Once, the government called this “precious loneliness”, a price Ankara was prepared to pay no matter what for its “principled foreign policy”. However, this policy of needless defiance coupled with the decline … Continue reading

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Moving Toward Unsplendid Isolation

March 27, 2017 Turkish government’s “zero problems with neighbors” policy was nothing but a public relations stunt. Its “regime change Syria” project has turned into a major foreign and security policy disaster, as predicted. At present, Ankara’s relations with Washington … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Foreign and Security Policy in Disarray

March 14, 2017 First, it was “zero problems with neighbors”. Then, it was regime change in Syria. Ankara was so determined that it shot down a Russian fighter-jet provoking a major crisis with Moscow. In May 2016, following an unavoidable … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Relations with the West

January 9, 2017 In early April 2009 Mr. Obama visited Ankara on his first trip abroad as US President. His address to the Turkish Parliament was full of praise for Turkey’s “strong, vibrant, secular democracy”. In May 2013, Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Troubled Relations with Europe

August 15, 2016 In retrospect, one of EU’s major foreign and security policy mistakes was the blunting of whatever momentum Turkey’s accession process had. It goes without saying that this was also Turkey’s failure. Had both sides acted with foresight, … Continue reading

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All Turkey Needs is to Return to the Democratic Path

August 4, 2016 It was only a decade ago that, despite lingering doubts and internal controversy, the EU launched accession negotiations with Turkey. Peoples of the region were following the process with envy. It was less than a decade ago … Continue reading

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Quo Vadis Turkey? (2)

July 25, 2016 A year-and-a-half ago I wrote (*): “We Turks need to understand that our success as a nation, especially in the field of foreign policy, depends first and foremost upon our internal peace and stability. The amount of … Continue reading

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