Hail to the Turkey-Armenia deal to be signed today.
After a drama, the deal is about to be signed right now…Yes, it is signed. Signatories are so tense, as if anything could happen…
A roundup as usual:
ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 10 — Armenia and Turkey signed a landmark agreement Saturday to establish diplomatic ties, after a dramatic last-minute intervention by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to keep the event from falling apart.
by BARÇIN YİNANÇ Friday, October 9, 2009
One has to say that after the nightmare endured during the term of Ali Babacan, the new foreign minister?s gestures are particularly appreciated by the staff of the Foreign Ministry.
A question of security and identity? The path dependence of EU-Turkey relations 1997-2004 by Natalie Martin (Loughborough University,UK)
PhD candidate, Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University (UK).
The decision by the European Union to open accession negotiations with Turkey was one of the ?most controversial external relations? decisions the EU had ever taken (Schimmelfennig 2008: 1). For many reasons, encompassing economics, demographics, security and culture, it was unpopular with both elite and popular opinion. The question is begged therefore ? why did the EU member states vote in favour at Brussels in 2004?
Carsten Wieland is a political consultant and journalist, specialising in the middle east, where he lived for several years. He studied history, political science, international relations and philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Duke University in North Carolina, before working as a research fellow at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is the author of Syria – Ballots or Bullets? Democracy, Islamism and Secularism in the Levant (CUNE Press, 2006) and Syria at Bay: Secularism, Islamism and ?Pax Americana’ (C Hurst, 2006). His website is here