Newsweek seems to have stepped aside for the moment from what I would call Çağaptay effect. For a few years, Mr. Çağaptay with his secularist-Kemalist crusader ideology seemed to have dominated Newsweek’s look at Turkish politics. Now there appear two articles that discuss Turkey’s new foreign policy and its architect, Ahmet Davutoğlu. Finally, an innovative work…

Burhan Ozbilici / AP
Parliamentary Briefing: Davutoglu addresses lawmakers on plans to improve Turkey’s relations with Armenia and
Azerbaijan.

Meet the Man Shaping Turkey’s New Diplomacy

What you need to know about the person shaping Turkey’s muscular new foreign policy.

Davutoglu: Inside Turkey’s New Foreign Policy

from Newsweek International Editions – Top News

Turkey’s foreign minister discusses his country’s expanding role as a regional power.

“Triumph of the Turks”

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer


The new issue of Newsweek has an interesting article looking at how Turkey is filling the vacuum created by the United State’s misadventure in Iraq. “….in terms of regional influence, Turkey has no rival,” in the post-war environment, the magazine says. “The country’s stern-faced prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is working to consolidate that strength as he asserts Turkey’s independence in a part of the world long dominated by America.” (You can read the full article here.)

Weekly Publishes Akcam Interview Rejected by ‘Changing Turkey’ Website – Armenian Weekly

What if Turkey slams the door on the EU?

Last week I attended a workshop in Berlin organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German social democratic research foundation, titled ?Quo Vadis Turkey? Turkey’s European and Foreign Policy Today.? …………(07.09.2009 by Sahin ALPAY, Columnists TodaysZaman)

Why Should Europe Accept Turkey Into Its Union?

I just finished reading the Independent Committee on Turkey’s report on Turkey’s EU accession negotiations. The Committee consists of European elder statesman who support Turkey’s membership and are alarmed by the “vicious circle” of events that is jeopardizing Turkey’s EU prospects.

Time Magazine: Fifty Years On, Turkey Still Pines to Become European – Leo Cendrowicz

from EU-DIGEST by A-News

For the complete report from TIME Magazine click on this linkFifty Years On, Turkey Still Pines to Become European – Leo Cendrowicz

This summer, Turkey celebrated a dubious anniversary: it was 50 years ago that the country first asked to join the European Union ? or, as it was then known, the European Economic Community. Half a century on, Turkey is still waiting to be let in. In that time, other countries have joined, expanding the once six-member European club to 27. But even the most optimistic scenario says Turkey is unlikely to be part of the E.U. for at least another decade.Turkey’s leaders say they remain committed to their bid, however long it takes. But patience might not be enough, according to a report published Sept. 7 by a panel of European grandees. Chaired by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a mediator, the Independent Commission on Turkey says some E.U. leaders are mining popular fears over the specter of Turkish membership. “Attacks on the E.U.-Turkey process [have become] a proxy for popular concerns about immigration, worries about jobs, fears of Islam and a general dissatisfaction with the E.U.,” the report says. “Negative statements by some European leaders … and obstacles put in the way of the negotiations have all but derailed the process.”

The new ?shadow? president of the EU and Turkey?s EU accession by Özgür Erkan

Scholars focusing on European affairs are well aware of the fact that the European Union added a political pillar to its economic dimension with the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

President Gül?s landmark visit to Jordan

by HASAN KANBOLAT
President Abdullah Gül will visit five countries immediately after Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice. After visiting Jordan today through Thursday this week at the invitation of King Abdullah, Gül will fly to Italy on Dec. 7 to attend a production of ?Carmen? at Teatro La Scala in Milan. He will also visit Albania and Montenegro between Dec. 10 and 13 and Kuwait between Dec. 21 and 22.

Cyprus dilemma poisons Turkey-EU relations – Hurriyet Daily News

Alarm: European Union membership

by ARDAN ZENTÜRK
?Turkey is not a part of Europe, and it never will be. For this reason, the expansion of Europe, which would occur were the EU to encompass Turkey, can never be compared to some of the expansions of the past. The principles based on Christianity, which guide Europe today, would be struck by a blow were a large Muslim country like Turkey to be accepted to the union.?

Tagged in: ,

  • Great photos! I hope to take part in the street-food tour.

%d bloggers like this: