Turkish FP roundup: from the model country issues to Kurdish oil…

Assertive Turkey key to U.S. in shifting Middle East

by Acturca
Reuters (UK) Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Nick Tattersall and Peter Apps (Washington/Istanbul) With its caustic rhetoric on Israel and its gold-for-gas trade with Iran, Turkey is not the deferential U.S. ally it once was as it carves out a growing role in the fast-changing politics of the Middle East. The collapse of its ties

La crise syrienne a porté atteinte au ?modèle turc?

by Acturca
L?Express (France) no. 3206, mercredi 12 décembre 2012, p. 86 Christian Makarian De pays fort, elle est devenue maillon faible. En observant la politique extérieure de la Turquie depuis le déclenchement de la guerre civile en Syrie, on ne peut qu?être frappé par la manière dont la grande puissance régionale reçoit les escarbilles sans vouloir

Ankara wants to flirt with both Arbil and Baghdad

from Hurriyet Daily News
?You know, they call this place Kurdistan,? said the businessman from Turkey whom I met on an Arbil?Istanbul

Turkey weighs oil deal with Iraqi Kurdistan

by Acturca
The Washington Post (USA) Wednesday, December 12, 2012, p. 8 Ben Van Heuvelen, Ankara (Turkey) American diplomats are struggling to prevent a seismic shift in Turkey?s policy toward Iraq, a change that U.S. officials fear could split the foundations of that fractious state. The most volatile fault line in Iraq divides the semiautonomous Kurdistan region

Between NATO and Russia: The Pieces of Turkey?s Puzzle

by Acturca
INSS Insight (Institute for National Securities Studies) No. 392, Dec 11, 2012 Gallia Lindenstrauss and Iftah Celniker * It was one of the rare weeks since the outbreak of the Arab awakening that went well for Turkey. Between what was seen as a successful visit by Vladimir Putin to Istanbul on December 3, 2012 and

Turkey turns to human rights law to reclaim British Museum sculptures

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Dalya Alberge
Campaigners are going to European court in attempt to repatriate artefacts created for the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
Human rights legislation that has overturned the convictions of terrorists and rapists could now rob the British Museum of sculptures created for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
A Turkish challenge in the European court of human rights will be a test case for the repatriation of art from one nation to another, a potential disaster for the world’s museums.

Syria blasts NATO move on Patriot missiles

from Hurriyet Daily News
The German government said Wednesday it had approved participation in a NATO mission.

Overdone Turkey

by Acturca
Foreign Policy (USA) November 21, 2012 By Steven A. Cook * The hype about Ankara as a regional leader is way overblown. One day before announcing Wednesday, Nov. 21?s cease-fire agreement, at a brief news conference prior to talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, late on Tuesday

Turkey?s Mediation and Friends of Mediation Initiative

by Acturca
Turkey Policy Brief Series (IPLI ? TEPAV) 6th edition, 2012, 7 p.       Français by Bülent Aras * This brief critically examines a new area of activism in Turkey?s foreign policy agenda: Turkey?s rise as a mediator in regional and international crises zones. It contextualizes Turkey?s reliance on a multitude of actors to

The Failing Turkish-Israeli Relationship and Ezekiel 38 | Geopolitics and Bible Prophecy

by Turkish Digest
The Failing Turkish-Israeli Relationship and Ezekiel 38
by Jeremy Stevens

France and Turkey: New Horizons for a Long-Standing Relationship

by Acturca
Turkish Policy Quarterly, Vol. 11, No 3, Fall 2012                  Français / Türkçe Laurent Fabius * The President of the French Republic has marked France?s will to establish a ?stable and trusting relationship? with Turkey. This relationship should reflect  the centuries-old friendship between our countries, our dense economic ties

Turkey and the EU: What Next?

by Acturca
German Marshall Fund of the United States, December 05, 2012, 4 p. Diba Nigar Göksel * Current debates suggest that there are two relatively positive scenarios for Turkey-EU relations. One is for Turkey to be a member of a more flexible, multi-layered EU; the other is that Turkey be a democratic partner deeply integrated with

Turkey and the United States: What to Expect in Obama?s Second Term

by Acturca
German Marshall Fund of the United States, December 05, 2012, 4 p. Gökhan Bacik  * Recent developments have reduced Turkish optimism about President Obama?s second term and other difficult region-wide situations produce important dynamics that could intrude on the alliance between the two countries. Both sides have different agendas on many important global politics issues

La Syrie continue de diviser M. Poutine et M. Erdogan

by Acturca
Le Monde (France) mercredi 5 décembre 2012, p. 6 Guillaume Perrier Moins de deux mois après l?incident provoqué par l?interception, par la Turquie, d?un avion russe à destination de Damas, la courte visite à Istanbul du président russe, Vladimir Poutine, lundi 3 décembre, n?a pas vraiment permis d?aplanir les différends mais au moins de les

Turkey-France: A new period?

by Acturca
Today?s Zaman (Turkey) Wednesday, December 5, 2012, p. 15 Beril Dedeoğlu Galatasaray University hosted an important meeting last Monday. The reunion, called the « French-Turkish meetings » and co-organized by the university?s European Research and Documentation Center (CREDE) and the French think tank Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IRIS), has brought together many Turkish and French

EU-Turkey relations and the stagnation of Turkish democracy

by Acturca
GTE Working Paper (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 2, 4 Dec 2012, 24 p. by Senem Aydın-Düzgit & E. Fuat Keyman * The current stagnation of Turkish democracy goes hand in hand with the current impasse in EU-Turkey relations. A combination of domestic factors with a loss of credibility of EU conditionality led to a situation

Erdoğan defends FM?s tears in Gaza

from Hurriyet Daily News
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan harshly condemned Republican People?s Party

Poutine et Erdogan se mesurent sur la Syrie

by Acturca
Le Figaro (France) no. 21255, lundi 3 décembre 2012, p. 8 Pierre Avril, Correspondant à Moscou Le président russe effectue une visite officielle à Ankara, qui craint une agression de Damas. Le premier est l?un des plus fidèles alliés de Damas. Le second appelle à la chute du régime syrien. Vladimir Poutine effectuera aujourd?hui une

The Peculiarities of Turkey?s Foreign Policy towards the Post-Soviet States

by Acturca
ORSAM Report (ORSAM) No: 135, November 2012, 20 p The Black Sea International Report No: 27 Turarbekova Roza Maratovna * The article examines the main directions of Turkey?s foreign policy in the Post-Soviet area. It presents the comparative analysis of Turkey?s relations both with the CIS states separately (Russia in particular) and with the regions

France-Turquie : Les conditions de la relance

by Acturca
Au fil du Bosphore , 30 novembre 2012                                         English Le blog de Guillaume Perrier, correspondant du Monde Par Marc Pierini * « Depuis 2007, les relations entre la France et la Turquie, et par extension celles entre l?Union européenne et la Turquie, ont été troublées par des circonstances malheureuses

Avoiding a Divorce: A Virtual EU Membership for Turkey

by Acturca
The Carnegie Papers (The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) Dec 2012 Sinan Ülgen * Turkey?s prospects of European Union (EU) membership are more uncertain than ever before. European leaders spent their residual political capital on combating the eurozone crisis and are reluctant to champion the unpopular EU-enlargement project. A framework elevating Turkey to the leve

Lifting Visas for Turkey: A Safer EU and Stronger EU Foreign Policy

by Acturca
Bulletin PISM, No 116 (449), December 6, 2012 The Polish Institute of International Affairs Pinar Elman * Citizens of Turkey are still subject to EU  visa requirements while all other candidate and potential candidate countries and even some non-candidate countries enjoy visa-free travel to the EU. As the main transit country for illegal migrants to

Avec ou sans l?Europe

by Acturca
Le Jeudi (Luxembourg) 6 décembre 2012, p. 14 Propos recueillis par Thierry Nelissen Logistique, construction, nouvelles technologies: quelques pistes à suivre en Turquie. Arlette Conzemius, ambassadeur du Luxembourg à Ankara, connaît bien les atouts du pays. Avez-vous créé des réseaux dont les entrepreneurs luxembourgeois peuvent profiter? Arlette Conzemius: «Le fait de disposer d?une ambassade dans

Why Turkey wants Kurdish oil

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Turkey most ?liked? country in Mideast

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey retains its position as the most favorable country in the Middle East

Germany Reluctantly Helps Turkey, While Syrian Scud Missiles Start To Fly

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya
The Syrian army started to use Scud missiles for the first time, according to the New York Times. The U.S. intelligence tells the media that the missile threat escalates on the southeastern border of NATO.

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