Monthly Archives: May 2016

Halil Berktay: the Making of a Neo-Con

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Miscalculations, overconfidence: why Turkey’s peace process failed

This analysis by Akın Ünver, Kadir Has University, published by FT, is interesting: Turkey’s fragile Kurdish peace process, which has been in place with varying levels of success since 2009, effectively ended in June 2015, when both sides resumed hostilities. … Continue reading

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Mixed Responses to Annahda Commitment to Democracy

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”For Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, surrender is out of the question. And given the Islamic State leadership’s horrific behavior and stated objective of establishing a caliphate governed by sharia, a negotiated settlement is a non-starter. … Continue reading

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Analysis: Turkey’s power structure is under total transformation

”Few observers of Turkish politics are surprised that prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced that he will step down at the end of the month” wrote Joseph Dana, in a powerful analysis in the National. ”The direction of travel in … Continue reading

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EU advances Turkey visa deal facing blames over self-denial

Days before a critical decision, all signs are that The European Commission will say that Turkey has broadly met conditions for visa-free travel, despite some missing elements. The visa decision is the “cornerstone” of an EU deal to send back migrants … Continue reading

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