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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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  • Can Turkey Really Be a Political Model for Its Region?

    From the outset of the ‘Arab Spring’, Turkey has pursued an active foreign policy and supported a number of recent popular uprisings throughout the Arab world. BY SEYED ALI ALAVI | JANUARY 13, 2012 Having appeared on Arab TV channels such as Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya to express Turkish support of political opposition in

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  • Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement: Renewed Interest?

    In Armenia, the January 12 2010 session of the Constitutional Court emphasized that Armenia will continue its effort to achieve international recognition of the 1915 events as genocide – and indeed, on March 4 2010, the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S voted ‘yes’ with 23-22 votes to HR 252. BY ZAUR

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  • The Arab Spring and Calls for a Turkey-EU Foreign Policy Dialogue

    With Turkey’s urging for the Assad government to reform falling on deaf ears, Turkey raised the level of criticism, but still insisted that an orderly transition to democracy was the best option. BY PAULA SANDRIN | DECEMBER 13, 2011 The Arab Spring caught both Turkey and the European Union by surprise and led both actors

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  • PKK Violence Impacts Ankara Policymaking

    Written by DR. SONER ÇAĞAPTAY Friday, 28 October 2011 18:54 On October 22, a group of armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members crossed into Turkey from Iraq and killed twenty-four Turkish soldiers, the group’s most devastating attack since 1993. In the early 1990s, when the PKK inflicted heavy damage on Turkey, Ankara focused its energies

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  • Turkish Monetary Policy: Playing Catch-up with Reality

    Written by AENGUS COLLINS Friday, 28 October 2011 06:01 And so the inevitable has come to pass. Turkey’s central bank has departed from its controversial commitment to a loose policy stance in the face of growing signs of overheating and vulnerability in the economy. The bank signalled yesterday that a phase of marked monetary tightening

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  • Turkey-Israel Relations: From Oslo to Flotilla

    BY KADRI KAAN RENDA | 07.09.2011 Turkey is one of the states who recognized Israel shortly after its proclamation of independence in 1949. Up until the early 1990s Turkey-Israel relations were not based on solid grounds and Turkey kept her interaction with Israel limited throughout the Cold War With the inception of the Oslo Peace

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  • Turkey’s Syrian Conundrum

    BY AZEEM IBRAHIM** | 18.08.2011 Turkey’s secular democracy is increasingly establishing itself as a fulcrum for East-West relations, notably as a bridge to Iran and Syria. Its pending application to join the European Union is seen by some to be a powerful opportunity for better Middle East relations, enriching the possibilities of a more effective

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