al-Bashir in town


Bashir cancels visit to Istanbul ;Sudan’s President Bashir, indicted for war crimes in Darfur, pulls out of a summit in Istanbul, following pressure from the EU and US.

Turkey on Friday rebuffed a European Union call to reconsider ...

Turkey on Friday rebuffed a European Union call to reconsider its decision to host Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes in Darfur, saying it had no plans to arrest him.(AFP/File/Ashraf Shazly)

Turkey seems to be one of the rare countries in the world where Omar Al-Bashir is welcome. Although I tend to be excited with gov’t’s foreign policy fantasies in general, Al-Bashir case is less exciting….

Turkey defends Sudan leader visit

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
President Abdullah Gul criticises the EU after it asks Turkey to reconsider an invitation to Sudan’s president.

Turkey defends invitation to Bashir

from – World, Europe
President Abdullah Gul accused the European Union of ‘interfering’ by asking Ankara to withdraw an invitation for Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudan’s indicted president, to attend an Islamic summit in IstanbulSudan leader’s planned visit sparks Turkey-EU row | Reuters

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EU report on Ergenekon: slap in the face for skeptics

Many Turks may have an excuse for their rather bizarre stance in the face of the ongoing bitter debate over the disclosure of many classified documents prepared within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), revealing decades-long smear campaigns on certain segments of society and coups planned to unseat democratically elected governments. Turkish society is deeply polarized over whether the TSK has been facing a plot initiated by the ruling authority.Turkey put on defensive as al Bashir?s planned visit invites controversy – The National Newspaper

David Schenker: A NATO Without Turkey? –

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband (L) attends a ...

Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband (L) attends a joint news conference with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, November 5, 2009.REUTERS/Stringer

The Rise and Rise of Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By PATRICK SEALE
Ankara has emerged from its pro-U.S. straitjacket to become a powerful regional actor.

What has changed in our foreign policy?


It is a fact that there have been some significant changes in Turkish foreign policy as of late. Those watching these changes with concern from the West are alleging that Turkey is moving further away from the West and leaning more towards the East, the Middle East in particular.

Al-Ahram Weekly: Turkey: We need more Erdogans

For the complete report from the Al-Ahram Weekly click on this linkTurkey’s Ottoman Empire died a quiet death nearly a century ago. But the country continues to enjoy a unique eminence of leadership across the Middle East and in much of the Muslim world. And Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly justified this love and respect for Turkey with his political courage and candour. From the lashing Erdogan gave Israel’s Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos following the Gaza offensive earlier this year to his call this week demanding UN action on Justice Richard Goldstone’s report on that offensive, Turkey continues to show rare leadership.

No one has the right to block Turkey?s EU negotiation process: president

Bratislava. Turkish President Abdullah Gül said Monday no one had the right to block directly or indirectly Turkey?s EU accession talks, An?dolska Agency informed. Turkey has been a member of the Customs Union since 1995, the head of state noted during a joint news conference in Bratislava with his counterpart Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic. Gül pays an official visit to Slovakia and has held talks with Gasparovic.”

The Role of Turkish Diplomats in Saving Turkish Jews in France: 1940-1944

By Arnold Reisman

During World War II, Turkish diplomats saved Turkish Jews living in France (many were French citizens others were holding Turkish passports) from certain death, a fact of which the Anglophone world was ignorant until Stanford Shaw first revealed the historical data in 1995.1 Up until that time, this important piece of history had been ignored by historians. Mistakenly however, Shaw attributed the actions of Turkey?s legations in both occupied and Vichy France to a well articulated policy created by the Turkish government in Ankara, when in fact these brave acts of heroism were devised by the diplomats themselves as a matter of conscience.”

The Rise and Rise of Turkey (Middle East Online)

from Yahoo news
One way and another, a resurgent Turkey is rewriting the rules of the power game in the Middle East, in a positive and non-confrontational manner. This is one of the few bright spots in a turbulent and highly-inflammable Middle East, says Patrick Seale .

Is Turkey abandoning the West?

Whenever Turkey increases its diplomatic initiatives in its region, we hear cries from some circles that Turkey is turning its back on the West. It is time to forget about this ?great fallacy.?

Turkish diplomacy: lessons for the US?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Tehran on Oct. 27-28, where he was warmly greeted by the Iranian leadership at the highest level. In Tehran he reiterated his view that Iran had the right to build nuclear power plants and signed two symbolic agreements, one for Turkey to invest in Iranian gas fields, and the other to use local currencies in bilateral trade.

Another taboo out the way: new page with Iraqi Kurdistan

This was a visit, to many, long overdue. After years of denial of an area and people which share its name, the touchdown of the Turkish Airlines (THY) airplane in Arbil?s airport carrying two Turkish ministers, Ahmet Davutoğlu and Zafer Çağlayan, and some 80 businessmen, marked a historic change in the traditional policy of Ankara.

Turkey enters northern Iraq

Basra/Arbil/Mosul — Wait, wait! Don?t panic after looking at the headline. True, Turkey has entered northern Iraq, but unlike its past entries, it did it this time with diplomacy, peace and brotherhood.

[CROSS READER] East-oriented diplomacy is no indication of a shift in axis

While Turkey is trying to bring about solutions to its most pressing problems, such as the Kurdish issue and anti-democratic elements vis-à-vis civilian-military relations in the domestic agenda, Turkey has also been taking giant steps over the last few months in its foreign policy, signing historic deals with neighbors Armenia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Prodromos Mavridis: Les Turcs dans l?Union européenne.

by acturca

Agence Europe, Bibliothèque européenne n° 844, 27 octobre 2009 (extrait)

Michel Theys

La question de l?éventuelle adhésion de la Turquie à l?Union alimente une controverse passionnelle qui, trop souvent, se nourrit d?a priori dictés par l?idéologie, voire par les fantasmes et le fanatisme. Professeur de droit à Paris X Nanterre et directeur d?études à l?École de hautes études en sciences sociales, Antoine Lyon-Caen le confirme dès l?entame de la préface qu?il a donnée à cet ouvrage, lorsqu?il relève que la Turquie bénéficie du ?triste privilège? de susciter ?la plus riche floraison de lieux communs, ces idées sommaires, sans fondement analytique qui, pour cette raison, circulent sans retenue?. À entendre les uns, la Turquie admise en Europe ne serait rien d?autre qu?un ?cheval de Troie islamiste? ; d?autres leur rétorquent, sur le même mode abominablement simpliste, que s?ouvrir aux Européens reviendrait à ouvrir les portes de la Turquie aux ?croisés des temps modernes?. Ce n?est pas sur le terrain de ces anathèmes croisés, aussi stériles que dangereux, qu?entend se situer Prodromos Mavridis, même s?il reconnaît être parti du principe, pour rédiger cet ouvrage, qu?une adhésion de la Turquie à l?Union ?pourrait servir de trait d?union pour une meilleure compréhension des différentes cultures?. En l?occurrence, ce qui est intéressant n?est pas tant le fruit de sa réflexion personnelle que le chemin intellectuel qu?il emprunte pour l?étayer.

Is Turkey Iran’s friend?

from Centre for European Reform by Centre for European Reform

by Katinka Barysch

Is Turkey really Iran?s ?friend?, as Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed in a recent interview with the Guardian newspaper? Erdogan?s visit last week to Tehran suggests so. He met not only President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but also Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a rare honour. He announced plans for energy and commercial co-operation with Iran and defended the country?s right to civilian nuclear power, calling its energy programme ?peaceful? and ?humanitarian?. Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, thanked Erdogan for his critical stance on Israel.

Understanding Turkey’s Foreign Policy – The Washington Note

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