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Turkish Airlines winds down operations in Syria

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey’s national carrier is winding down its operations in Syria.

Turkey Closed Damascus Embassy

The Turkish government closed down the Damascus Embassy and recalled the ambassador and other diplomats. The decision to shut the embassy down came right after a meeting of PM Erdoğan and President Obama. The consulate in Halep is still open.

Turkey and Norway Shut Embassies in Syria

The decision by Turkey and Norway to close their embassies in Damascus was not unexpected, given the growing number of other countries, including the United States, that have taken that step.


Janus-faced Turkey’s Syria Challenge

from Atlantic Community RSS-Feed
Niklas Anzinger: Turkey’s success story of combining moderate Islam and democracy is being challenged by the ruling AK Party’s power grab. In this game, the struggle for power trumps ideology, but the religious resurgence remains an element of unpredictability in foreign policy. Regarding Syria, reality mugged the ill-guided Middle Eastern adventures of Turkey.

‘Neo-Ottomanism’, pluralism, and economic development in Turkey, William Armstrong

from open Democracy News Analysis – by William Armstrong
It?s naive to think that Turkey has become less nationalistic in recent years; the only change has been in the nature and context of this nationalism.
An extraordinary exhibition closed today (March 10) in Istanbul. Titled ?Eski Diyarbakır?da Kültürel Çeşitlilik? (Cultural Diversity in Old Diyarbakır), it was held at the Tütün Deposu Gallery in Tophane, a ten-minute walk from the central transport hub of Taksim Square on the European side of the city. A small and apparently simple affair, housed in just two rooms of one floor of the gallery, it mainly featured enlarged photograph reproductions of the south-eastern city of Diyarbakır around the turn of the last century. Despite the apparent modesty of size however, it was perhaps one of the most brazenly – even recklessly – rhetorical exhibitions I?ve ever seen here in Istanbul. It perfectly demonstrated some of enormous changes that have been taking place in Turkey in recent years, and also some of the tensions.

EP?s ?Turkey Report? shows deep flaws

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by YAVUZ BAYDAR
As the mood in Turkey-EU relations remains very icy and is expected to worsen when Cyprus takes over the presidency, a resolution on the ?Turkey Progress Report? is to be debated and voted on. It is clear that Turkey?s reform process has turned ?tricky? to comprehend, with mixed signals from Ankara. The sheer number (some 500) of amendments tabled to the report in question is already an indication of how widespread the perceptions about Turkey?s progress have become within the EP?s various flanks.


Interview with Bernard Lewis

by Acturca
Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ), Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 2012)               Türkçe Bernard Lewis In this exclusive interview with TPQ, Bernard Lewis attributes Turkey?s historical progress to the practice of self-critique and to the choice of women?s empowerment. These are also the qualities, if maintained and developed, that will ensure

Row threatens Cologne’s mega mosque

from World news: Turkey | by Kate Connolly
Architect and developers of multimillion euro project in dispute over everything from soaring costs to colour of facade

Partners in need: Turkey, the European Union and the United States face the Arab Spring, Nathalie Tocci

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Nathalie Tocci
The Arab spring has cast Turkey back into the western fold and away from alternative alliance patterns which seemed to be in the pipeline only a few years ago. Turkey won’t act in Syria without its western partners. Meanwhile it is the very incompleteness of the Turkish model which is of such interest to its neighbours.


L?objectif turc d?ADP

by Acturca
Valeurs Actuelles (France) no. 3929, jeudi 15 mars 2012, p. 48 Paya Frédéric Quand l?économique prend le pas sur le politique? Aéroports de Paris (ADP) vient de remporter l?appel d?offres portant sur 38 % du capital du holding TAV (le gestionnaire turc d?une dizaine d?aéroports dont celui d?Istanbul, Atatürk) et sur 49 % du capital

Turkish Solitaire

by Acturca
Oriental Review (Russia) Wed, Mar 21, 2012 By Vladimir Evseev * After Syrian security forces liberated first the area west of Homs and then the area northwest of Idlib, it became obvious that now only a foreign invasion can overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. And Damascus is doing its best to exploit its advantage as quickly

Turkey?s foreign policy pivot

by Acturca
Los Angeles Times (USA) March 21, 2012, p. A15 By Soner Cagaptay * In the last year, Ankara has done an about-face in its foreign policy. Turkey?s foreign policy has come full circle in the last year. Far from confronting Washington on a range of issues, Ankara is embracing its membership in NATO while working

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