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  • Enduring Freedom: Public Diplomacy and US Foreign Policy

    By Prof. Scott Lucas On 14 October 2001, President George W. Bush complained to a prime-time press conference, “I’m amazed that there is such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate us. I, like most Americans, I just can’t believe it, because I know how good we are.”[iii] The President’s plaintive

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  • Realities of the Gezi Park

    There has been a newly emerged concept of “Gezi Parki” the meaning of which resonates in “resistance” against the AKP government and specifically to Recep Tayyib Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey.     BY RAHMAN DAG | JUNE 15, 2013 This concept transcends its literal meaning of standing up against felling of trees in

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  • Turkish Nationalists Have Hard Days Ahead

    BY HUSREV TABAK** | 07 APRIL 2013   It has been proven that being a nationalist in a country in transition from a modernist national period to a post-national one is a hard burden to shoulder. This has been experienced in the Balkans as their post-war reconstruction practices repelled any nationalistic discourse and broke down all

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  • Practical Indications of the Peace Process in Full Bloom

    The most comprehensive peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bore its first fruit this spring. BY RAHMAN DAG | MARCH 24, 2013 Despite the fact that there were other initiatives between the state and the PKK, the first of which was conducted by Turgut Özal, the second one by

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  • Albanian Awakening: The Worm has Turned!

    Remarks articulated last week by Hakan Şükür, a famous former football player and current parliamentary deputy, garnered widespread attention and reminded the public that there are ethnic Albanians living in Turkey. BY HUSREV TABAK | MARCH 03, 2013 Şükür stated: “For the sake of national unity, racial discourse should be left aside. If we perceive our

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  • Cyprus: Is Peace ever Possible?

    Last week the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, held an event in Westminster. BY BARONESS HUSSEIN-ECE OBE | JULY 17, 2012 The meeting introduced a new concept where a network of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot civil society organisations (CSOs) were calling for a shake-up of the Cyprus peace process. They made a

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  • Turkish Natural Gas Hub and Energy Security

    On the eve of World War I (WWI), Winston Churchill, as the first lord of the Admiralty, converted the Royal Navy from coal to oil. As a result, a shift emerged in the imported fuel dependency, from Welsh Coal to Iranian oil. Then Churchill declared, “Safety and certainty in oil lie in variety and variety

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  • Turkey’s Role in Somalia: A New Ally?

    In what seems to be an extraordinary shift in its involvement in Africa, Turkey is fast becoming an ally – and international actor – in Somalia’s theater. BY ABDIHAKIM AYNTE | APRIL 10, 2012 Lately, Ankara has shown an increasing interest and willingness to intervene to the devastating situation caused by the acute drought, complicated

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