Turkey has the most humanitarian intelligence service! Turkish gendarmerie allegedly seizes weapons in trucks, but later…

it is announced that the trucks belong to Turkish intelligence (MIT) and they carry humanitarian material… 

A Foreign policy roundup:

Turkish gendarmerie seize weapons in trucks near Syrian border: Report

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Gendarmerie teams have reportedly seized weapons after stopping trucks in the southern province of Adana

Turkey says ready to discuss judicial row with EU


Adana (Turkey) (AFP) – Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday the country was ready to discuss all issues with the European Union at high-profile talks this week, including a row over judicial independence that has escalated the crisis engulfing the government. The controversy over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s bid to increase his control over Turkey’s top judicial oversight body, the


Turkey crisis undermines PM Erdogan’s high-profile EU visit


A high-profile Brussels visit this week by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, originally intended to highlight a new era in EU-Turkey ties, may instead wind up underscoring mutual tension over Ankara’s political crisis


Turkey, West hail Syria opposition vote to join peace talks


Turkey and Western leaders have hailed a decision by Syria?s opposition to attend an international peace conference this week alongside representatives of the regime

CHP to EU: Put pressure on AKP but don?t suspend talks


When former EU minister and chief negotiator Egemen Bağış initiated last fall to organize a trip to Brussels for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Syria gives Russia Aleppo ceasefire plan, wants prisoner swap


Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Friday he had handed Russia plans for a ceasefire in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and was ready to exchange lists with rebel forces on a possible prisoner swap.


Turkish FM Davutoğlu warns envoys not to speak to press


Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has cautioned ambassadors of Turkey not to leak information from closed door meetings to the media

US urges Syrian opposition to attend peace talks


The US urged Syria’s opposition to attend key peace talks as the Syrian National Coalition is preparing to announce their decision


Skating on Thin Ice: The Political Economy of Turkish Foreign Policy over the Last Decade

Analysis (ISPI) No. 226, December 2013 Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) Mustafa Kutlay * The aim of this paper is to discuss the economic drivers of Turkish foreign policy with a particular emphasis on the question of sustainability in the medium-term timeframe. It highlights that Turkish government has to fight on two


Turkey after the Arab Uprisings: Difficulties of Hanging on in There

Analysis (ISPI) No. 223, December 2013 Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) Meliha Benli Altunışık * In the early days of the Arab uprisings, Turkey was seen as the ?winner.? Yet after more than two years Turkey has lost most of its lucrative economic relations with the region, begun to experience crisis in

Article | Turkey remains blind to foreign policy criticisms

Mavi Boncuk |

Let?s note two events held in Ankara this week: the sixth annual Ambassadors Conference with a theme of ?strong democracy, dynamic economy, effective diplomacy,? and the German Marshall Fund?s conference, ?Turkey?s Foreign Policy Reset.? While the former sends a message of absolutism about the current path of Turkey?s foreign policy, the latter simply suggests it needs restoration. The gap between these two perceptions seems unbridgeable.

More chaotic political scenes would harm Turkey?s image internationally, says US expert


A more chaotic political scene would harm not only Turkey?s economy, but also its image in the international arena, Ian Lesser said

U.S. diplomatic Interaction with Turkey


Mavi Boncuk |


U.S. diplomatic interaction with Turkey dates back to the days when Turkey was known as the Ottoman Empire. After they established diplomatic relations in 1831, the states maintained a diplomatic relationship until U.S. entry into World War I on April 20, 1917. After World War I, the Ottoman Empire dissolved, and in its place arose the modern state of Turkey, with which the United States reestablished relations in 1927.


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