Tag Archives: Turkish foreign policy

The Taliban are Back (2)

August 16, 2021 The principal challenge in Afghanistan has always been Afghan groups forging a united front not only to fight tribalism, warlordism and corruption but also to achieve better governance. The country has remained divided on ethnic, sectarian, and … Continue reading

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“No Military Solution”

August 9, 2021 In the past decade, the phrase “no military solution to the conflict” became a diplomatic cliché. In November 2013, speaking to the BBC  about the situation in Syria, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad said that there is no … Continue reading

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Turkey’s New Refugee Challenge

August 4, 2021 In my last post, dated August 2, I said that the increasing number of Afghans crossing into Turkey from Iran leads one to question whether the Kabul subcontract is just about the airport or more. Later in … Continue reading

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The Kabul Subcontract

August 2, 2021 Whether Turkish troops would stay at Kabul airport beyond withdrawal has become another controversial topic of our foreign and security policy. In my last post I asked the following questions: •          Would Turkish troops fight the Taliban … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Dance with the Taliban

July 26, 2021 Turkey’s “offer” to remain at the Kabul airport beyond US and other nations’ withdrawal from Afghanistan has become another controversial foreign policy topic. Like the rest of our foreign and security policy issues, this too has immediately … Continue reading

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Global Leadership: The Moral Dimension

July 19, 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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Afghanistan Withdrawal (2)

July 13, 2021 On July 8, 2021, President Biden delivered remarks on the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan and took some questions. With the words “Afghanistan” and “failure” now glued to one another, and reports from Kabul reflecting nothing … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s Vicious Circle

July 5, 2021 On August 4, 2020, Beirut experienced its own Hiroshima. After the explosion thousands took to the streets in Beirut, once called the “Paris of the Middle East”, to express their anger with Lebanon’s leaders. On August 10, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Political Mucilage

June 28, 2021 Canal İstanbul, called “a crazy project” by ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP) government remains high on our agenda. We are a divided, polarized nation but not on this issue. The large majority of Turks object to … Continue reading

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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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