The New Wave of Foreign Policy Activism in Turkey

DIIS This 40-page Danish report investigates continuities and ruptures in Turkish foreign policy, with special reference to Europeanization

 

A round up in Turkish foreign policy… 

Guardian America’s ideal Middle East ally Stephen Kinzer Turkey is a regional peacemaker and close to key combat zones. So when Obama visits next month, will he make friends?

Turkish PM Erdogan confirms U.S. President Obama visit on April 6-7

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan confirmed late on Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the country on April 6-7.

Obama held in high esteem, but not the US

ANKARA – Turks’ perception of the United States’s leader has made a U-turn with the election of Barack Obama, from a historic low point in 2005 when his predecessor George W. Bush was among the least trustworthy leaders.

TIME Turkey Sees a Greater Role in Obama’s Foreign Policy

What message should Obama deliver in Turkey? by Emre Uslu & Önder Aytaç

In Op-Ed

When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that President Barack Obama would visit Turkey, most Turkish political observers were caught by surprise.

Reasons for Obama’s visit to Turkey

In Columnists

US President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Turkey next month, as announced by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a visit to Turkey over the weekend, continues to be discussed in the Turkish media, with many speculating on the reasons that prompted the new US president to decide to pay one of his very first foreign visits to Turkey.

US And Turkey Have Common ConcernsVoice of America Editorial

Obama’s choice to visit Turkey ‘timely’ and ‘smart,’ say analysts

On Obama’s selecting Turkey

By RADİKAL MURAT YETKİN on Turkish Press Review

President Barack Obama’s inclusion of Turkey among his destinations in his first comprehensive foreign policy tour after being elected US president was an important development that had repercussions in the international media, and it is indeed a quite significant move that deserves media attention.

New Turkish-American scenario may work

By MİLLİYET HASAN CEMAL on Turkish Press Review

A new scenario is evolving in Turkish-American relations. If this scenario is staged perfectly and played meticulously, it will be beneficial to both parties.

Will Obama risk Turkey’s wrath?The National

Turkey’s Role as Mediator BY: Jacinda Chan | Diplomatic Courier Turkey has improved relations with many adversaries but cannot succeed as a mediator because its foreign problems distract the country from focusing on mediation efforts. Turkey however, practices what it preaches—dialogue solves problems.

Obama and the “Alliance of Civilizations” – Michael Rubin – The

US President Obama to visit Turkey on April 6-7: Spanish sources

Jamestown FoundationTurkish-American "Strategic Partnership": On the Way to Rejuvenation?

Turkish-American relations in the Obama period

CSIS Turkish Foreign Policy

The Turkish Economy: EU Accession amid Global Crisis

Human Rights in Turkey: Old Wine in a New Bottle?

Islam and the West: Lines of Demarcation Atatürk created the Turkish nation-state by imposing a secularist constitution; adopting a secular legal system based on French and Belgian models

Obama’s Turkey visit in the wake of Erdoğan’s Davos walkout

In Columnists

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Turkey on Saturday has invigorated diplomatic and political circles in the country, particularly because she announced that President Barack Obama would pay a visit to Turkey within a month.

Turkey visit proof of new US diplomacy

ISTANBUL – U.S. President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Turkey next month reveals Turkey could be a central
actor in Washington’s new diplomatic approach to the Middle East, foreign media reports suggested.

Mrs. Clinton and the ‘beautiful American’

By MİLLİYET TAHA AKYOL on Turkish Press Review

I have no doubt that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a boost to the American image in Turkey, an image that has been tainted a bit lately. It is clear that Clinton herself is a warm and positive person.

2008 Human Rights Report: Turkey

By yuvakuran

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, February 25, 2009

Turkey, with a population of approximately 71.5 million, is a constitutional republic with a multiparty parliamentary system. The country has a president with limited powers elected, as of an October 2007 referendum, by popular vote for a maximum of two five-year terms. President Abdullah Gul was elected in August 2007 by the single-chamber parliament, the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

The winners and losers with the so-called Armenian genocide resolutions by Mehmet Kalyoncu

In Op-Ed

Article 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines "genocide" as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, and racial or religious group, as such:"

Normalization with Armenia

By ZAMAN MEHMET YILMAZ on Turkish Press Review

The normalization of relations between Ankara and Yerevan is, from the perspective of regional stability, quite important, just like the settlement of problems between Baku and Yerevan.

Return to reforms is essential for Turkish cohesion

In Columnists

When we sit back and give ourselves time to think, we will realize that Turkey’s most stable years have been those in which we made historic military and political reforms. Those were the years of 2003 and 2004, when Turkey introduced serious legal reforms aimed at aligning itself with Western democracies. An Ankara-based Western diplomat recalled recently that whenever Turkey stops reforms it becomes instable.

Turkey’s Nabucco support unconditional, what about the EU?

In Columnists

Last week Turkey’s minister for energy and natural resources, Hilmi Güler, visited Brussels to give a keynote speech at a conference on Turkey’s role as an energy hub for Europe.

Shlomo Ben-Ami: Turkey’s New Mission

TEL AVIV – Ever since Turkey’s establishment as a republic, the country has oscillated between the Western-oriented heritage of its founder, Kemal Ataturk, and its eastern, Ottoman legacy. Never resolved, modern Turkey’s deep identity complex is now shaking its strategic alliances and recasting its regional and global role. Indeed, Turkey’s changing perception of itself has shaped its so-far frustrated drive to serve as a peace broker between Israel and its Arab enemies, Syria and Hamas.

Readying for slight Constitutional edits

ANKARA – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday his government would make only partial constitutional amendments instead of creating a new constitution.

Comments on foreign policy from the inside

In Columnists

Domestic politics in Turkey causes policies in the foreign policy sphere to be evaluated in different ways. In fact, this is the case in many other countries.

Why won’t Turkey turn away from the West?

In Columnists

In the Gaza crisis, it is said, Turkey blundered by opposing Israel. With a pro-Islamic reflex, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Ankara supported Hamas, losing both its role as mediator in the region and its credibility in the eyes of the West.

Turkey and Russia on the rise

By acturca on Turkey

Stratfor (USA), March 17, 2009

By Reva Bhalla, Lauren Goodrich and Peter Zeihan

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev reportedly will travel to Turkey in the near future to follow up a recent four-day visit by his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, to Moscow. The Turks and the Russians certainly have much to discuss.

Russia is moving aggressively to extend its influence throughout the former Soviet empire, while Turkey is rousing itself from 90 years of post-Ottoman isolation. Both are clearly ascendant powers, and it would seem logical that the more the two bump up against one other, the more likely they will gird for yet another round in their centuries-old conflict. But while that may be true down the line, the two Eurasian powers have sufficient strategic incentives to work together for now.

Let Turkey and Armenia Work Out Their Differences – The Washington Note

  • caroline dunlap

    My name is Caroline and I am a student and the University of Vermont. In my Middle Eastern anthropology class, we have learned about contemporary societal issues. However, our studies have not included very much about Turkey, leading me to want to learn more, especially as it moves to become part of the EU. Do you think that this will occur? Under what circumstances? I have read commentaries which suggest that Turkey is ?too Islamic? to become part of the EU, but it is also my understanding that while the country is predominantly Muslim, it is very secular. What does Turkey stand to gain from joining the Union? Is there opposition among Turks who don?t want to join?

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