Ankara considers the Obama administration?s rare step to appoint an ambassador to Turkey a positive move.
US-Turkey Relations: A Real Cliffhanger Huffington Post (blog) As soon as more WikiLeaks documents emerge, Turkey’s conspiracy-theory machine will whir into action again, leaving common sense struggling behind
This year will mark Turkey as one of the new top figures in international diplomacy. It counts, for better or worse — depending on the level of ?reading abilities? of the co-players in the globe — as it has desired.
Turkey put its imprint as one of the most influential countries not only on 2010, but on the first decade of the third millennium. At the start of the new decade, too, Turkey?s geopolitical position, rich historical heritage, cultural depth, well-educated young population, ever-strengthening democracy, growing economy, and constructive foreign policy make it an indispensable country in a world …
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said he wants to put an end to the ongoing tension between Turkey and Israel. His main argument is that much-needed regional peace requires this reconciliation.
The debates on Turkey during the year 2010 particularly focused on its new foreign policy. Especially after the Gaza flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, blockaded by Israel, was brutally raided by Israel, killing our nine innocent citizens, and effectively ruining the Turkish-Israeli relations, the arguments that ?Turkey has turned its back on the West and shifted its foreign policy axis? started to be more frequently and loudly voiced.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu?s recent remarks saying, ?We want peace, but there is no will for peace on the Israeli side,? has rekindled the debate. This statement was made in the wake of harsh statements from Tel Aviv.
Seit Anfang der 1990er Jahre verfolgt die Türkei das Ziel, sich zur Energiedrehscheibe zwischen Europa und der kaspischen sowie der nah-/mittelöstlichen Region zu entwickeln. Dieses Ziel deckt sich mit dem Interesse der EU, für die Erdgasversorgung ihrer Mitglieder einen ?südlichen Korridor? zu schaffen. Deshalb ist die Frage nach den Erfolgaussichten der türkischen Politik auch für die EU und ihre Mitglieder relevant.
Policy Outlook (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) December 2010
Heather Grabbe & Sinan Ülgen
Turkey?s membership negotiations with the European Union (EU) have regrettably slowed to a crawl after five years. At least half of the 35 negotiating chapters, or subject areas, which need to be agreed on are blocked on the EU side owing to the problem of Cyprus and France?s opposition to Ankara?s membership. The only hope for progress now is for Turkey to implement the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement that calls on Turkey to lift the restrictions on Cypriot vessels from being admitted to its ports and airports. This would be welcome, but it?s a long shot. Meanwhile, Turkey and the EU both face urgent foreign and security issues that cannot wait. As a result, they need a new, more effective channel for strategic dialogue to complement the accession process.
Turkey was at the frontline of defense against the Russian-led Soviet threat for the transatlantic alliance throughout the Cold War, making its military and human assets readily available for deployment by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).