Tag Archives: Turkey-EU

Time to Get a Grip

August 20, 2018 When President Obama’s visited Turkey in April 2009 he underlined Turkey’s “strong, vibrant, secular democracy”. Turkish-American relations appeared to have reached their peak. As Turkey started to move away from the democratic path relations started to sour … Continue reading

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A World in Disarray and Turkey

March 28, 2018 It has been two roller coaster weeks. On March 15, 2018 the US imposed new sanctions on 24 Russian entities and individuals for interfering in the 2016 election and conducting a series of damaging cyberattacks. On March … Continue reading

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Diplomacy Is Only Part of the Solution

October 16, 2017 In earlier posts, I have often referred to President Obama’s visit to Turkey in early April, 2009. This is what I said: “The President arrived in Turkey after attending a G20 summit in London, a NATO summit … Continue reading

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On Turkey and the Middle East

June 24, 2017 In the fall of 1966, I took a series of exams to join the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Among other things, we were asked to comment on a widely used metaphor, “Turkey is a bridge between East and … Continue reading

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Turkey Needs a Serious Foreign Policy Review

May 31, 2017 Turkey’s traditional foreign policy stood on pillars. Our relations with the United States and the European Union constituted the first two. A third one was our relations with our neighbors and the region. Prominently among those was … Continue reading

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Turkey, European Union and NATO

November 14, 2016 “Turkey’s traditional foreign policy, bitterly criticized by the present Government for having betrayed Turkey’s potential, stood on pillars. Our relations with the United States and the European Union constituted the first two. A third one was our … Continue reading

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Orlando: A Collage of Views on the Background

June 20, 2016 Phrases like “radical Islam”, “jihadist terror”, “Islamic extremism” and “Islamophobia” have been with us for quite some time. The Orlando massacre must have galvanized the behind closed doors debate on them. And, while some use them openly … Continue reading

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