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The case for realism in Turkey-Europe relations

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“Not a day has passed in Turkey without a domestic security operation against an active ISIL cell,” a security expert noted the other day. “Just follow the news.” We had been talking about the Barcelona terror attack, but the conversation was coming back to Turkey very quickly.

Comment(s) 8/19/2017

From the Adriatic Sea to the Great Wall of China

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I recently read Henry Kissinger’s remarks in June about Turkey.

Comment(s) 8/12/2017

How it begins, how it ends

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I borrowed the title of today’s column from an old essay by the late Umberto Eco. The Western reaction to the Gülenist putsch attempt in Turkey last year made me go back to it.

Comment(s) 8/5/2017

Turkey and Germany need to increase bandwidth

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“How dare you consider vacationing in Turkey with my children?” said a wife to her husband in the back of a Berlin taxi.

Comment(s) 7/22/2017

Why do Turks smile less than before?

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“There is something rotten in the state of Denmark” says Marcellus in the first act of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Living in Ankara, I can relate to that.

Comment(s) 7/8/2017

‘Unbelling’ the cat in Cyprus

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In Aesop’s Fables, a group of mice get together to discuss how to rid themselves of the danger of the cat.

Comment(s) 7/1/2017

Is Turkey growing faster in 2017?

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“People who love sausage and people who believe in justice should never watch either of them being made.” So said Otto von Bismarck, the great German statesman of the 19th century, according to legend.

Comment(s) 6/24/2017

Qatari investments in Turkey: An urban legend

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The sudden embargo on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates perplexed us all this month. It was a half-baked regional response to the half-baked American ideas presented during President Donald Trump’s recent visit

Comment(s) 6/17/2017

Trump’s Paris decision is bad for technological development

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No wonder Elon Musk left his advisory role in the Trump White House

Comment(s) 6/3/2017

The Middle East needs pluralism, not deeper trenches

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When I was in Kabul years ago, I was positively surprised to see a branch of the Agha Khan Foundation working on building a cellphone network.

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

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