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Obama ‘recess appoints’ Ricciardone as envoy to Ankara

Turkey pleased with Obama’s step to appoint ambassador

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Ankara considers the Obama administration?s rare step to appoint an ambassador to Turkey a positive move.

US-Turkey Relations: A Real Cliffhanger
Huffington Post (blog)
As soon as more WikiLeaks documents emerge, Turkey’s conspiracy-theory machine will whir into action again, leaving common sense struggling behind

Turkish-Israeli tension ‘affects Turkey-US ties’

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A lawmaker from Turkish ruling party said that any tension in Turkey-Israel relations was affecting Turkey’s relations with the United States.

Iran, Israel, new House to dog US-Turkish ties in 2011

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s increasing closeness to Iran, worsened ties with Israel and a new US Congress critical of Ankara will continue to strain US-Turkish ties in 2011.

Foreign policy in 2010: ?Rise of the rest? and Turkey

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
This year will mark Turkey as one of the new top figures in international diplomacy. It counts, for better or worse — depending on the level of ?reading abilities? of the co-players in the globe — as it has desired.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey as an emerging power

from Yahoo news
Turkey put its imprint as one of the most influential countries not only on 2010, but on the first decade of the third millennium. At the start of the new decade, too, Turkey?s geopolitical position, rich historical heritage, cultural depth, well-educated young population, ever-strengthening democracy, growing economy, and constructive foreign policy make it an indispensable country in a world …

Insistence for and against the apology

by BERİL DEDEOĞLU
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said he wants to put an end to the ongoing tension between Turkey and Israel. His main argument is that much-needed regional peace requires this reconciliation.

Turkey?s new axis: to be free as Europe and productive as China

by BÜLENT KENEŞ
The debates on Turkey during the year 2010 particularly focused on its new foreign policy. Especially after the Gaza flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, blockaded by Israel, was brutally raided by Israel, killing our nine innocent citizens, and effectively ruining the Turkish-Israeli relations, the arguments that ?Turkey has turned its back on the West and shifted its foreign policy axis? started to be more frequently and loudly voiced.

Will Turkey overthrow Israeli government?

by İbrahim Karagül
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu?s recent remarks saying, ?We want peace, but there is no will for peace on the Israeli side,? has rekindled the debate. This statement was made in the wake of harsh statements from Tel Aviv.

Turkey declares 2011 the ‘year of northern Cyprus’

Die Türkei als Energiedrehscheibe. Wunschtraum und Wirklichkeit

by acturca

SWP-Studie, n° 9, April 2010, 36 Seiten

Heinz Kramer

Seit Anfang der 1990er Jahre verfolgt die Türkei das Ziel, sich zur Energiedrehscheibe zwischen Europa und der kaspischen sowie der nah-/mittelöstlichen Region zu entwickeln. Dieses Ziel deckt sich mit dem Interesse der EU, für die Erdgasversorgung ihrer Mitglieder einen ?südlichen Korridor? zu schaffen. Deshalb ist die Frage nach den Erfolgaussichten der türkischen Politik auch für die EU und ihre Mitglieder relevant.

The European Commission?s 2010 ?Progress Report? and Real Progress in Turkey-EU Relations

by acturca

German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 16, 2010

by Emiliano Alessandri

The way forward for Turkey and the EU: a strategic dialogue on foreign policy

by acturca

Policy Outlook (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) December 2010

Heather Grabbe & Sinan Ülgen

Turkey?s membership negotiations with the European Union (EU) have regrettably slowed to a crawl after five years. At least half of the 35 negotiating chapters, or subject areas, which need to be agreed on are blocked on the EU side owing to the problem of Cyprus and France?s opposition to Ankara?s membership. The only hope for progress now is for Turkey to implement the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement that calls on Turkey to lift the restrictions on Cypriot vessels from being admitted to its ports and airports. This would be welcome, but it?s a long shot. Meanwhile, Turkey and the EU both face urgent foreign and security issues that cannot wait. As a result, they need a new, more effective channel for strategic dialogue to complement the accession process.

Transforming Turkish foreign policy: the quest for regional leadership and Europeanisation

by acturca

CEPS Commentaries, 12 November 2009

By Senem Aydın Düzgit & Nathalie Tocci

Turkey?s EU Membership Process: Prospects and Challenges

EU Diplomacy Paper (College of Europe) 5/2010 (March 2010)

Egemen Bağış

Turkey and the EU: can stalemate be avoided?

by acturca

Centre for European Reform (UK), December 2010, 10 p.

by Katinka Barysch

Davutoglu’s Dream

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Whether we can gloss over Turkey’s problems and jump to some of the conclusions the foreign minister seems to be jumping to at this point in time is highly questionable.

Israël se tourne vers les Balkans, résigné au froid avec Ankara

by acturca

Agence France Presse, 23 décembre 2010

Charly Wegman

Israël est forcé de faire son deuil de ses relations privilégiées avec la Turquie, longtemps son unique allié stratégique dans la région, et se tourne désormais vers les Balkans.

Dashed hopes for Turkish?Armenian rapprochement

by acturca

Strategic Comments (The International Institute For Strategic Studies)

Volume 16, Comment 43, November 2010, pages 1-3

Turkey?s bid to raise influence in Middle East

by acturca

Strategic Comments (The International Institute For Strategic Studies)

Volume 16, Comment 38, October 2010, pages 1-3

Is Turkey a ?pariah? in NATO-EU club?

by ABDULLAH BOZKURT
Turkey was at the frontline of defense against the Russian-led Soviet threat for the transatlantic alliance throughout the Cold War, making its military and human assets readily available for deployment by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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