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  • Syriza’s Spinning, but Nobody’s Buying

    The Greek crisis is accelerating more rapidly than many anticipated. As CNN reports: Greek markets are tumbling after the European Central Bank raised the pressure on the country’s new anti-austerity government to stick to the terms of its massive international bailout program, a message Germany is likely to reinforce later Thursday. The ECB said late

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  • Turkey Urgently Needs to Integrate Its Syrian Refugees

    ­ Since 2011, more than 3.2m Syrians are known to have taken refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and a number of other countries. The real scale of the crisis is likely to be much greater, as not all refugees are registered with UNHCR. In Lebanon, for example, the official figure is 1.1m, but according to

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  • UNESCO as an Ethno-Political Entrepreneur: The Need for Emancipating LAVASH

    United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), more specifically the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, has recently decided that lavash is an intangible cultural heritage of Armenia or the Armenian nation. Having looked at the popularity and the communality in terms of consumption of lavash – a type of

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  • Nongovernmental Humanitarianism In Turkey: The Quest For Internationalist Virtue

    The last decade has been a golden age in the history of Turkey`s international humanitarian initiatives. Today, Turkey`s humanitarian aid organizations, both state institutions and civil society organizations, operate in over 100 countries worldwide. Thanks to the opportunity spaces created throughout the last decade, by which religious civil society was successfully de-securitized after an almost

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  • 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 Union Party) are desperately holding

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  • 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 this experience in the best way. The global financial crisis emerged in

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  • Who is Eurasia? The Advent of Politics into Geography

    One of the very first things I have learned after starting the school was “Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia.” This metaphor of “bridge” has been one of the basic official mottos of the Turkish Republic to help its citizens feel closer or even part Europe -so the Western world. This motto did

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  • Interview with Dr. Kerem Oktem

    By Ozgur Tufekci and Husrev Tabak | July 2012 Another Empire is based on the proceedings of a conference with the title “Turkey’s Foreign Policy in a changing world: Old alignments and new neighbourhoods”, which the editors (Kerem Öktem, Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Mehmet Karlı) and Othon Anastasakis, Director of Southeast European Studies at Oxford, convened in May

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  • Interview with Ahmed Rashid: Changing Balances in South Asia and Turkey between East and West*

    By Aksel Ersoy | 01 April 2010   Ahmed Rashid is an award-winning journalist and one of the world’s foremost experts on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban. Christopher Hitchens described him as “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter”. He has written four books “The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism? (1994)”; “Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism

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