foreign policy roundup: “Turkey steps up rhetoric on Syrian ‘massacre’, EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış suggests annexation for Cyprus…

Turkey steps up rhetoric on Syrian ‘massacre’

from World news: Turkey | by Peter Beaumont
Rescued journalist tells of being abandoned in tunnel as China urges government and rebel to end all acts of violence
Turkey has called the violence in Syria “a crime against humanity” on the scale of the 1990s bloodshed in the Balkans, as a Red Cross convoy was once again barred from entering the Homs suburb of Baba Amr.

Bağış?s suggestions for Cyprus problem

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Turkish Pre by MEHMET BARLAS
An interview EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış gave to a Cypriot newspaper clearly shows the great distinction between diplomacy and realism.

Annexing northern Cyprus

The Turkish Cypriot main opposition leader is fuming nowadays. The ruling party must have been upset as well but cannot dare …

All options on table for Cyprus, Bağış says

Turkey might annex Turkish Cyprus if negotiation talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriots to unite the Mediterranean island fail, the Turkish EU minister said.

A French lesson: It?s not over yet

from Hurriyet Daily News
A decision handed down by the French Constitutional Council on February 28 relaxed nerves in Ankara

Turkey, NATO & and Nuclear Sharing: Prospects after NATO?s Lisbon Summit

by Acturca
Nuclear Policy Paper (ACA-BASIC-IFSH) No. 5, April 2011, 11 p. Mustafa Kibaroglu * Mustafa Kibaroglu presents Turkey?s political, military and diplomatic views to the prolonged deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on their soil. Turkey?s policy of non-proliferation contrasts with their hosting ? albeit burden sharing ? of NATO tactical nuclear weapons. He concludes that

The Three Strategic Visions of Turkey

by Acturca
U.S.-Europe Analysis Series (The Brookings Institution) No.50, March 8, 2011 Ömer Taşpınar * While the growing importance of religion in Turkey should not be dismissed, a more nuanced debate on Turkish foreign policy should take into consideration three different visions of Turkey?s place in the international order: (1) Neo-Ottomanism, (2) Kemalism and (3) Turkish Gaullism

U.S.-Turkish Relations on the Rebound

by Acturca
National Journal (USA) March 1, 2012 James Kitfield Just over a year ago U.S.-Turkish relations were in such free fall that commentators were wondering, ?Who lost Turkey?? A breach that began with Ankara?s opposition to the Iraq war had only deepened over the years as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pursued a new ?zero problems

Turkey most exposed to capital inflow disruption, says S&P

Turkey, growing fast but building up debt, is the most exposed of 19 European countries outside the eurozone to disruptions to capital inflows, Standard and Poor?s said Feb. 29.

FM in landmark visit to minority leaders

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visits Turkey?s minority religious leaders over the weekend, emphasizing regional peace and equal rights for all

Why is Turkey important for the EU?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ERGUN BABAHAN
The most recent book by Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to Jimmy Carter, bears the title ?Strategic Vision.? The study, which questions the new role of the US and the West in the new world order, makes specific reference to the critical role that Turkey could play in the emergent new system. Above all, Brzezinski attributes the peculiar conditions of Turkey in the present time to the development model held by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who imitated European countries.

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