turkey Archive

  • Regional Politics of Turkish-Iranian Energy Relations

    Regional Politics of Turkish-Iranian Energy Relations

    Both Turkey and Iran see themselves as critical energy hubs — Iran exporting oil and gas to the eastern markets of Pakistan, India and China, and Turkey sending Middle Eastern and Central Asian gas to Europe. Iran has an important advantage: as a producer and potential large-volume exporter, it is less vulnerable to political pressures […]

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  • Turkey and the Kurds: Charting the End of a Peace Process

    Turkey and the Kurds: Charting the End of a Peace Process

    Comment: Turkey and the Kurds, charting the end of a peace process Turkey’s fragile Kurdish peace process, which has been in place with varying levels of success since 2009, effectively ended in June 2015, when both sides resumed hostilities. Since then, hundreds of people — civilians, Turkish soldiers and Kurdish fighters —have been killed, a […]

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  • Transnational Kurdish Geopolitics After 2014

    Transnational Kurdish Geopolitics After 2014

    SCHRÖDINGER’S KURDS: TRANSNATIONAL KURDISH GEOPOLITICS IN THE AGE OF SHIFTING BORDERS Journal of International Affairs, Spring/Summer 2016, Vol. 69, No. 2. Abstract As the Middle East goes through one of its most historic, yet painful episodes, the fate of the region’s Kurds have drawn substantial interest. Transnational Kurdish awakening—both political and armed—has attracted unprecedented global […]

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  • Turkish-Iranian Natural Gas Negotiations After Sanctions

    Turkish-Iranian Natural Gas Negotiations After Sanctions

    How Turkey Could Be a Big Energy Winner After the Iran Deal Akin Unver Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Qatar in early December, Ankara and Doha signed a memorandum of understanding for the long-term trade of liquefied natural gas. While a final agreement has yet to be completed, […]

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  • MOSUL: TURKEY’S FULDA GAP

    MOSUL: TURKEY’S FULDA GAP

    MOSUL: TURKEY’S FULDA GAP H. AKIN ÜNVER DECEMBER 29, 2015 “Our national borders pass through Antioch and span east-ward, containing Mosul, Sulaymaniya, Kirkuk. We say: This, is our national border.” — Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (December 28, 1919 – National Liberation Speech) The “National Pact” (Misak-ı Milli) is a six-article manifesto of Turkey’s War of National […]

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  • Clash of Empires: Why Russia and Turkey Fight

    Clash of Empires: Why Russia and Turkey Fight

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2015-11-29/clash-empires —— In the fall of 1914, two German warships—the Goeben and Breslau—took refuge in the Ottoman capital of Constantinople to escape British naval pursuit. Following secret negotiations between the German and Ottoman war offices, the Goeben andBreslau, along with an accompanying Ottoman naval squadron, then moved to bombard the Russian port cities of Novorossiysk, […]

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  • Turkey and Russia’s Age-Old Struggle for Regional Supremacy

    Turkey and Russia’s Age-Old Struggle for Regional Supremacy

    A shortened version of this article was originally published on Foreign Affairs . Here, you can find the original, unedited author’s copy of the article: Unver-Russia-Turkey-finaldraft Share on Facebook

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  • How Turkey’s Islamists fell out of love with Iran

    How Turkey’s Islamists fell out of love with Iran

      ”Iran’s rapid fall from grace with Turkish Islamists is one of the most important recent structural shifts in the Middle East. Such a break is far from marginal and yields several important points for consideration. This shift validates the Ataturk- Pahlavi example, which shows that détente in Turkish-Iranian relations can only happen when both […]

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  • Turkey’s ‘Free Syrian Army’ Troubles

    Turkey’s ‘Free Syrian Army’ Troubles

    September 6, 2012 by H.A. Unver http://fikraforum.org/?p=2644 On August 20, a car bomb went off in the southern Turkish province of Gaziantep on the Syrian border, killing 9 civilians, including 4 children. The Turkish government blamed the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a group on the U.S. Department of State’s foreign terrorist organizations list, for […]

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  • Turkey’s “Deep-State” and the Ergenekon Conundrum

    Turkey’s “Deep-State” and the Ergenekon Conundrum

    “Ergenekon” is the name given to arguably the most important legal process in Turkish history in which around 100 suspects are charged with aiming to topple the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) through a military coup. The legal indictment infers that these suspects are in fact a part of a wider network of individuals […]

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