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Tillerson’s Turkey trip: expectations vs realities

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MEGAN GISCLON writes
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Turkey this Thursday. As his visit comes two months into the Trump administration, Ankara expects the secretary’s visit to re-establish and reinvigorate U.S.-Turkish relations. Tillerson is the first of Trump’s cabinet to visit Turkey, although many high-ranking officials have already made the trip.

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Sino-Saudi alignment creates strategic opportunity for Turkey

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Micha’el Tanchum writes
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Beyond the $65 billion of economic deals signed between Riyadh and Beijing, last week’s visit by King Salman of Saudi Arabia to China confirmed the nascent strategic partnership developing between China and Saudi Arabia, as Beijing seeks to secure the commercial sea routes along China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR).

Comment(s) 3/23/2017

A common vision for a way out of the Cyprus conundrum

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Ahmet Sözen*writes
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Since the start of the last round of Cyprus peace negotiations in May 2015, the two leaders have reached significant convergence on many aspects, and in fact came very close to an overall settlement regarding the internal aspects of the Cyprus problem

Comment(s) 3/21/2017

Trump versus the State Department

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Peter Van Buren writes
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Concerns around the State Department that President Donald Trump’s transition was in chaos seem mistaken. What if it’s by design? What if Trump decided America doesn’t need State and if he can’t get away with closing it down, he can disable, deconstruct and defund it?

Comment(s) 3/20/2017

A challenging issue: The EU-Turkey refugee agreement

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KENAN ENGİN writes
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March 18 marks the first anniversary of the highly controversial refugee agreement signed between the European Union and Turkey. The aim was to end disorganized, chaotic and irregular migration flows by implementing measures to create safe and legal pathways toward Europe from Turkey.

Comment(s) 3/18/2017

Libya: Russia’s next Mediterranean military intervention?

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MICHA’EL TANCHUM*writes
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Russia may be planning a military intervention in Libya. On March 13, press reports emerged that Russian special forces and drones had been sighted in Egypt’s coastal town of Sidi Barrani, located just 100 kilometers from the eastern Libyan territory controlled by the Russian-backed Libyan commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Comment(s) 3/16/2017

America’s ‘Train Wreck’ Policy in Syria

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Megan Gisclon writes
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U.S. Senator John McCain made headlines last week after claiming during a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting that the United States will see a “train wreck” between Turks and Kurds in northern Syria if it does not recognize the threat that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)/ People’s Protection Units (YPG) raises against its NATO ally

Comment(s) 3/15/2017

Populism and its dangerous consequences

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ÜNAL ÇEVİKÖZ writes
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The confrontation which emerged during the weekend between Turkey and the Netherlands has created serious confusion due to uninformed and hasty interpretations

Comment(s) 3/14/2017

March 8 in a topsy-turvy world

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Nazlan Ertan writes
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Let’s just eschew the traditional article on March 8 that starts with the words of gratitude to Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey who gave women the right to vote, and ends with lamenting the present situation of Turkish women

Comment(s) 3/8/2017

The power of women with guide dogs in Turkey

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NURDENİZ TUNCER writes
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Kara, which means “black” in Turkish, is a black labrador and Turkey’s first ever guide dog. I, as her visually impaired owner, am the first person to experience mobility outside with the help of a guide dog

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