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  • Culture, Epistemology and Foreign Policy: An Alternative Reading of U.S.-Turkish Relations Within the Context of the Middle East

    By Dr. H. Akın Ünver | 17 september 2010   Turkish-American relations have always been defined as a ‘strategic partnership’. Almost without exception, decision-makers and diplomats at the highest levels point to a particular ‘importance of the strategic partnership’ or ‘relationship’ whenever they try to define bilateral relations between Turkey and the United States. Surprisingly at

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  • New Dynamics of Turkish Politics

    By Dr. Ibrahim Kalin | 14 September 2010 With nascent constitutional reforms, the Turkish political landscape has undergone a major process of ‘terraforming’. On September 12, 2010, exactly thirty years after the 1980 military coup, Turkish voters went to the polls to vote on the largest constitutional amendment since the current constitution was adopted in 1982.

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  • “What Soviet Threat?” What If Attlee’s Radicalism Had Prevailed?

    By Prof. Inderjeet Parmar | 28 August 2010 Although British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee (1945-51), is properly known as a Cold Warrior no less gung-ho than his Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin, or the American president, Harry Truman, less well known is Attlee’s rejection of the salience of the Soviet ‘threat’ and promotion of a policy of

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  • Afghan Intel War Leaks And After

    By Shahid R. Siddiqi | 15 August 2010 Washington uses inaccurate WikiLeaks Intel to whip Pakistan military and ISI and deflect attention from its own failures and excesses.   WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange – an Australian journalist and a computer hacker, has begun to draw intense fire over his leaks of Intel files related to Afghan war

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  • Clement Attlee, David Cameron and the Special Relationship With India

    By Prof. Inderjeet Parmar | 13 August 2010 British Prime Minister David Cameron recently declared his wish to build – or rather renew – Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with India. The likelihood of that, I suspect, is strong mainly because of the character of India’s elite, and the evolution of that society since 1947 when India won

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  • The US in Costa Rica: the price of Latin American exceptionalism?

    By Dr. Guy Burton | 11 August 2010 During the current Venezuela-Colombia spat, one particular comment by the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, was particularly striking – although not necessarily for the reason he gave. During a speech commemorating Venezuela’s founder and his political hero, Simon Bolivar, Chavez highlighted the passage of 46 US warships, 200 helicopters

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  • Anglo-American Relations: The Special Relationship Marches On

    By Prof. Inderjeet Parmar | 01 August 2010 Even as British leaders, and the media, proclaim the imminent death of the ‘special relationship’ with the United States, they cannot seem to help backing America’s line in world affairs. Last week, when Prime Minister David Cameron was in Turkey, he rather ‘boldly’ (for a British leader), criticised

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  • Presidents and Their Generals: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen

    By Eliot Cohen | 10 August 2010 AI: Let’s start with the Stanley McChrystal episode. What’s your take on this? Why did the general act with such inexplicable tactlessness? Did President Obama, in your view, respond appropriately? Eliot Cohen: Obama handled it well. I’m not one of his greatest admirers, in general, but I thought he reacted quickly

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  • Children of a Lesser God

    Prof. Inderjeet Parmar | 30 July 2010 All men may well be born equal but their deaths certainly betray huge inequalities. A month or so ago (24 June, to be precise), Michael Tomasky, GuardianAmerica’s editor at large, wrote that the chances were that Obama’s military strategy in Afghanistan was likely to work but that a lot of

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