Tag Archives: Turkey

Turkey’s Election Campaign: Foreign Policy

June 15, 2018 A friend suggested that I should write a post comparing the foreign policy of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party with the outlook of the opposition. I believe the foreign policy record of the JDP speaks for … Continue reading

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Global Uncertainty and Turkey

June 3, 2018 At the opening session of the Munich Security Conference on February 16, 2018, NATO’s Secretary General Jean Stoltenberg underlined NATO’s past successes and then said: “… But the paradox is that, throughout our history, people have questioned … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Election Campaign: Clashing Manifestos

  Co-authored with Yusuf Buluç (*) May 31, 2018 With the publication of political parties’ election declarations Turkey’s election campaign has gathered steam. In Turkey, political parties’ election declarations/manifestos are much longer than those of Western parties. For example, UK’s Conservative and Unionist … Continue reading

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Turkish People’s Democracy Test

May 21, 2018 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 three years after … Continue reading

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“Mission Accomplished”

April 16, 2018 President Trump said on Sunday that he knew he would be demeaned for using the term “mission accomplished”. On that at least he proved to be right. But what was the mission? Firstly, to prove at low … Continue reading

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Russia-West Tensions: Bad News for Syrian People

March 19, 2018 U.K.’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats, Moscow’s retaliation, Trump administration’s imposition of new sanctions on Russia, the Joint statement from the leaders of France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom on the Salisbury attack and … Continue reading

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And the Loser Is…

March 7, 2018 The world is in disarray. The Arab Spring threw the Middle East in chaos. Then came the Ukraine conflict and Russia’s annexation of Crimea. As the Syrian conflict moved up on the international agenda the former receded. … Continue reading

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