Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul checks his time as he waits for other leaders at the COMCEC Economic Summit in Istanbul, November 9, 2009. COMCEC is the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
Conducting foreign policy requires finesse, elegance and sophistication, but most of all, consistency. This is particularly true of a democracy. Falling into double standards, although not always willingly implemented, is one of the characteristics of the community of countries that claim to be sensitive to human rights and violations thereof.
Kamil Pasha quotes from BBC:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioned the charges against Mr Bashir and said that ?no Muslim could perpetrate a genocide?, according to Turkey?s Anatolia news agency?
PM Erdoğan has such a naive cenception of Islam, I should say..
Turkey playing with the wolves photo: (!)
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) poses for a group photo with his counterparts Abdullah Gul of Turkey (L) and Bashar al-Assad of Syria (R) during the COMCEC Economic Summit in Istanbul, November 9, 2009. COMCEC is the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).REUTERS/Osman Orsal
The term ?moral politics? has recently been used more frequently in politics, especially in international relations. Now, in the context of Sudanese President al-Bashir?s visit to Turkey, we see references to this concept.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur, had been scheduled to arrive in İstanbul on Monday for a meeting of Muslim countries, but Ankara conveyed a polite message to Khartoum stating that the Sudanese president?s visit might create problems in the wake of rising international reactions over al-Bashir?s possible visit.
Omar al-Bashir is a vicious dictator, one for whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) has even issued a warrant for arrest. The panorama of people killed under his watch include babies and women as well as the elderly.
In the end, Ankara was forced to rely on a man charged with crimes against humanity to rescue its ?no problems with neighbors? policy. Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, let his Turkish hosts off the hook with a last-minute decision not to attend this week?s summit in İstanbul of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
Is Turkish foreign policy turning Islamist? Instead of attempting to answer this trendy question myself, I decided to share with you the views of two Western analysts by quoting them at length. Both views appeared in the American press last week. The first one is an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by David Schenker. The second one is by Patrick Seale in The New York Times.
Series of signs and reports lately denote the construction/ emergence of a new cooperative towards the Greek and Greek Cypriot side strategy of Ankara with related consequences for the Turkish/ Turkish Cypriot stance towards the ongoing negotiations on the Cyprus issue. Along this lines, the looming assessment of Turkey?s EU progress this December seems to play an important role.
– Interview with the President of the TIKA by the New Horizons magazine
– Turkey has come a long way in terms of development aid. These aids, achieved through rapidly increasing budgets, have greatly contributed to Turkey?s emerging role as a donor.
In this context, Bridging South-South Cooperation and Emerging Donor Roles: Strengthen Turkey?s Participation in International Development Cooperation project, in partnership with UNDP Turkey Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), aims to strengthen Turkey?s national capacity by increasing the capacity of TIKA, an institution that coordinates the development efforts in Turkey. We as New Horizons spoke with TIKA President Musa Kulaklıkaya about TIKA?s recent activities in terms of Turkey?s emerging donor status, capacity development and South-South Cooperation project.
The axis of Turkish-Israeli relations is shifting and this is not in the interest of Turkey, contrary to what some might argue. The latest ?crisis? with Israel, over the Turkey?s last-minute decision not to include Israel in the Anatolian Eagle exercise and the following provocative new TV series on state television, led many around the world to rethink Erdogan government?s attitude towards Israel. When the infamous ?one minute? comment was made by Erdogan in Davos, many in Turkey and Israel thought it was a gesture for domestic consumption. Erdogan?s defense of Iranian nuclear program in the UN and his comments about Israeli nuclear deterrent rai