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US report labels Dec 17 as ‘scandal, slams Turkish gov’t, calls for respect for rule of law

The US State Department has expressed concerns over rule of law and judicial independence in Turkey, saying “law enforcement and the judiciary were subject to executive branch influence as the government reassigned thousands of police and prosecutors during the December … Continue reading

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Koplow: False Friends / Why the United States Is Getting Tough With Turkey

  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu did something extraordinary when they emerged from a January 12 bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Friends of Syria conference in Paris. Such occasions are usually … Continue reading

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New Calls For Obama To Confront Turkey, in an open letter

Experts and former officials from both parties sent a letter to the White House Thursday, asking the administration to speak out on Turkey’s poor record democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. More than 80 top foreign policy figures … Continue reading

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Views: US to reconsider Turkey relations, and Erdoğan in for a win?

Two thought provoking pieces, written by keen observers of Turkey, deserve to be mentioned here, and demand attention. The first one underlines an immense dilemma for the Obama Administration on how to approach Turkey, and specifically, Erdoğan. The other, is … Continue reading

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Analysis: ‘US no longer sees the AK Party as a role model in the Middle East’

Here is an informative piece on the mood in Washington DC about Turkish-American relations, and whether or not the AKP is a model for democratic movements in the region.  Excerpts from the latest column by my colleague Ali Aslan, who … Continue reading

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HUman catastrophy at the doorstep

No matter how much one prefers to look the other way, one now has to admit that the humanitarian crisis as well as the massive devastation in Syria have already reached catastrophic proportions. That it takes place in 2013, in … Continue reading

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U.S. Middle East non-policy: Nonsensical stay-away

    It is not for nothing that President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel and Jordan is described with concern from Beirut to London as nothing more than political tourism.   “Even those well-disposed towards Obama say he’ll be … Continue reading

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If Iraq is being pulled in …

While the US and the rest of the West remain in a frustrated search mode for a solution on how to deal with the Syrian nightmare, the conflict has now revealed one of its more worrisome aspects. In a well-coordinated … Continue reading

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