Turkey: What’s the Way Forward for Ankara’s Syria Policy?

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Like most other countries, Turkey has no desire to see the current Syrian regime stay in power but also has little appetite for intervening militarily in Syria. At the same time, like many of its neighbors, Ankara is finding itself dealing with a growing Syrian refugee and humanitarian crisis, one that could have a disruptive effect on Turkey’s own domestic affairs. A new report released today

 

Turkish Foreign Ministry dismisses report on regional cooperation against Iran

from Hurriyet Daily News

The Turkish Foreign Ministry today dismissed a British newspaper report suggesting a role for Turkey

 

Turkey delivers harshest attack yet on ‘butcher’ Assad

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Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday delivered his most virulent attack so far on Bashar al-Assad, calling the Syrian president a “butcher” and warning that he will be held to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of his citizens.

English: Brasilia - The president of the Syria...

English: Brasilia – The president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al-Assad during a visit to Congress Português do Brasil: Brasília – O presidente da República Árabe Síria, Bashar Al-Assad, em visita ao Congresso Nacional (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Turkey delivers harshest attack yet on ‘butcher’ Assad

from Yahoo news

Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday delivered his most virulent attack so far on Bashar al-Assad, calling the Syrian president a “butcher” and warning that he will be held to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of his citizens.

 

 

Gulf states hold key to Turkey?s grand vision

Ankara has little in way of domestic resources to fund its ambitions but there is an abundant source of funds in assets held by Gulf states

 

Blurring the Borders: Syrian Spillover Risks for Turkey

by Acturca

Europe Report (International Crisis Group) N° 225, 48 p.                 Türkçe Antakya/Ankara/Istanbul/Brussels, 30 April 2013 As the humanitarian crisis reaches catastrophic proportions,Syria needs to open its borders to external aid, while Turkey and its international partners need more long-term planning to meet growing refugee needs and avoid having

 

Awaiting improvement in Israeli-Turkish ties

by Acturca

International Herald Tribune (USA) Tuesday, April 30, 2013, p. 2 Letter from Europe by Judy Dempsey, Berlin After President Barack Obama?s visit to Jerusalem last month, there were high hopes in Washington and NATO for a turning point in relations between Israel and Turkey. Mr. Obama had persuaded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to apologize to

 

Greeks swap home woe for Turkish hope

by Acturca

The National (UAE) April 30, 2013, p. 16 Thomas Seibert, Istanbul Despite political tensions between the two countries, Turkey?s recent economic growth is a big temptation to Greeks who have lost jobs. Born into Turkey?s small Greek minority in Istanbul, Dimitris Panayotu moved to Athens with his parents as a small child. But after losing

 

 

Foreigners At Home: Turkey Beckons Its People In Germany

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After years of being treated as second-class citizens in Europe’s economic powerhouse, large numbers of Turks ? descendants of the first wave of immigrants ? are returning to Turkey. Prospects in their homeland are looking up, while times are harder in Germany

 

Turkish intelligence agency to ?secure? release of kidnapped Lebanese pilgrims

from Hurriyet Daily News

Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Aleppo in May 2012 are..

 

Gaza and Syria top Erdoğan?s agenda for US visit

from Hurriyet Daily News

Two of the main subjects on Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s agenda for his official visit to Washington May 16 are the Gaza blockade and Syria, daily Hürriyet reported.

 

Erdoğan?s Gaza visit ?historic?, preparations underway: Hamas PM

from Hurriyet Daily News

Gaza PM Haniyeh described Erdoğan’s prospective visit as ‘historic, ending US tutorship.’

 

 

Turkey?s Policy towards the Middle East and North Africa after the Arab Spring

by Acturca

Turkey Policy Brief Series (IPLI ? TEPAV) 9th edition, 2013, 9 p.        Français by Mesut Özcan * « Beginning at the end of 2010, the transformation of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has replaced the erstwhile political structures which were remnants of the Cold War era, with more representative administrations. The

 

Ankara?s new sphere of influence

by Acturca

Gulf News (UAE) May 2, 2013, p. 39 By Francis Matthew, Editor at Large Turkey is working hard to develop a much more active approach to the emerging new Kurdish powers south of its borders. A bizarre reconciliation is happening between Turkey and the Kurds. They have fought each other for decades in bitter wars

 

Syria and Iraq ? Convergence and Divergence in U.S.-Turkish Assessments

by Acturca

German Marshall Fund of the United States, May 02, 2013 Hassan Mneimneh * At the onset of the dramatic transformations in the Arab world more than two years ago, Turkey seemed positioned to assume an important role as a political, economic, and ideological reference for the emerging polities of the region. Two years on, the

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