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The Big Picture in Syria is Bigger Than Any One Group

The Middle East has been persevering not because the leaders of Middle Eastern countries are just and legitimate, but because the people who live there still have hope for the future and ask for a better one. It would be naive to think that the future is going to be shaped by local dynamics and th…

Kosovo's Sneaky Fight against Moderate Islam: Belated Reflections on Turkey's Position

While the U.S.-led global coalition is running a fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, some states carry out a seemingly just, but in reality, a sneaky war against mainstream Islamic circles in domestic politics. ISIS's aggressive campaigns in Iraq and Syria …

While Kobani is Falling, Politics or Humanity?

The negligence and the reluctance of the international community to become involved in the Democratic Union Party (PYD) conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Kobani is now totally explicit. As the PYD states, in case of a sort of genocide of Kurds, the international community…

Brazil's Presidential Election: Impacts on Relations with Turkey

Millions of Brazilians went to the polls on Oct. 5 to elect the new president of Brazil. There were three frontrunner candidates: Dilma Rousseff, the incumbent and the leader of the Workers' Party; Aecio Neves, leader of Brazilian Social Democracy Party and Marina Silva, former environment minister.…

The Consequences of Scottish Independence

Scotland will decide in a referendum to be held on Sept.18 whether or not to end its 307 year union with England. It seems that it is a much closer race than many had expected. According to YouGov poll, "no" votes have gained ground since early August and is currently at around 52 percent. Of cours…

Turkey bombs Kurdish forces as new wave of violence threatens to spill across borders

The ongoing humanitarian tragedy of Kobanê has raised serious questions about the future of the Kurds. The unstoppable advance of Islamic State (IS) over the last few months has already scrambled the power dynamics of the region, while Western-led air strikes have so far failed to bring IS to its …

Turkey stuck at a crossroads as Islamic State terrorises Kobanê

Kobanê, a small Kurdish town on the Syrian-Turkish border, has now become the ultimate test of Turkey’s ambivalence on how to engage the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the rapidly worsening situation in Syria and Iraq. The town is under siege from IS and fighters from the Kurdish PYD (Democratic U…

The Urban Regeneration Experience of the United Kingdom: Lessons for Turkey

by Dr. Fatih EREN Introduction The United Kingdom (UK) is the most experienced country regarding the theories, policies, strategies and practices of urban regenerations in the world. This study firstly outlines UK’s urban regeneration experience and then discusses how Turkey can benefit from thi…

The South Caucasus: Obama's Russia 'Reset' And Putin's Doctrine

by Mahir Khalifazadeh, Ph.D,* ABSTRACT The article reviews the key priorities of President Obama's 'reset' policy with Russia. The author analyzes the impact of the 'reset' policy on the South Caucasus. The region's strategic importance is emphasized for U.S. policy towards the Great Middle East a…

After European Parliament Elections

Dr. Dilek YİGİT Elections to the European Parliament which is one of two wings of European Union legislative power, in other words, using European Union’s legislative competences with the Council of Ministers, were held on 22-25 May 2014. What makes these Parliament elections important is that this…

Book Reviews

Book Review: Armed Conflict and Displacement: The Protection…

28 March, 2014 | Admin

In 2010, Alexander Betts argued that it no longer makes sense to speak of the “refugee regime”. Instead, there is…a “refugee regime complex”, in which different institutions overlap exist in parallel to one another’. Melanie Jacques is the latest…

Book Review: Cultural Encounters in the Arab World:…

28 March, 2014 | Admin

Tarik Sabry’s Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday is, first and foremost, a fervent case made for the establishment of Arab cultural studies as a discipline. BY NAGIHAN HALILOGLU | OCTOBER 22, 2012 In the wake of…

Film Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

28 March, 2014 | Admin

Turning to a never-ending story because of the uncertainity about the director whether to be Guillermo Del Toro or or the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy Peter Jackson and delays due to legal actions, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jou…

REVOLUTION: A Power Cut and the End of…

28 March, 2014 | Admin

Watching a TVseries is a great time investment compared to enjoying a movie. That is why, I feel quite picky before taking the risk of being a follower of several seasons. After watching NBC's new TV drama Revolution's trailer and reading a…

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