I have a piece up on the Eurasianet website that takes a look at the ongoing evolution (devolution?) of the Turkish-American relationship, from “strategic alliance” to “model partnership” to the next, yet-to-be named stage. From the article:
Turkey has formally demanded that Israel return a Turkish aid ship that was raided by the country almost a month ago.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L) and his wife Emine Erdogan (L) stand with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper (R) at the G20 Summit in Toronto, June 26, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Jim Young
It?s been more than two years since Turkey became a proud member of the G-20, the club comprising the largest and most developed economies in the world. This membership means a lot for a country like Turkey where people used to suffer from an inferiority complex.
Turkey?s intense lobbying at the Council of Europe has paid off, and Israel was harshly condemned at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a 47-nation intergovernmental organization and Europe?s largest.
1. Could you explain the mission of AER?
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the independent network of regions in wider Europe. Regions are the second level of governance in a country, in Turkey these are Special Provincial Administrations (İl Özel İdareleri).
A professor that becomes a propaganda spokesperson:
Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University?s Kennedy School, was born in Istanbul. He writes:
I no longer recognize Turkey, the country where I was raised and spend most of my time when I am not teaching in the U.S.
It wasn?t so long ago that the country seemed to
The European Union has recently engaged with an economic crisis on the one hand and political elections in member states – the results of which indicate a far-right trend mostly due to the economic crisis – on the other hand. However, it seems that the EU also has a different issue on its agenda. Whereas the implementation of the recently passed Lisbon Treaty has not shown its “innovative face” yet, the EU is in taking steps to a new enlargement. As part of this, the EU has decided firstly to remove the barriers to Serbian candidacy status and secondly to start membership negotiations with Iceland.