Tag Archives: Turkey-US

Prime Minister Yıldırım’s Visit to Washington

November 6, 2017 On October 29, Secretary Tillerson made the following remarks on the occasion of Turkey’s National Day: “… Turkey has been a close American ally for more than 60 years. We are strategic partners in addressing the causes … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Turkey’s Descent

March 16, 2016 Terrorist attacks continue to claim rising numbers of innocent lives. The word “gridlock” can hardly describe the political atmosphere. The country is polarized like it has never been. Foreign and security policies are in shambles. Tourism, a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Washington’s Troubled Relations with Its Middle East Partners

January 25, 2016 On January 22, 2016 Secretary Kerry addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This is how he started off his remarks on the Iran nuclear deal: “… It wasn’t so long ago that … Iran was … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey-Syria, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment