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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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  • Evolved Islamists versus unevolved secularists

    Evolved Islamists versus unevolved secularists

    The secularist camp in Turkey has never functioned under the threat and restrictions of the military, judiciary or academia. Thus it was never forced to evolve, change and improve http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/h.php?news=evolved-islamists-versus-unevolved-secularists-2008-07-22 Tuesday, July 22, 2008 It is becoming increasingly popular to view Turkey as a country that suffers from multiple-personality disorder. The “two Turkeys” analogy, frequently […]

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  • Will the Turkish Constitutional Court Ban the AKP?

    Will the Turkish Constitutional Court Ban the AKP?

    On March 14, Turkey’s chief prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, filed a case with the country’s Constitutional Court asking it to shut down the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and ban seventy-one of its members from seeking elected office for five years. He accused the party of spearheading “anti-secular activities” in violation of the Turkish constitution. […]

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  • Post-PKK Operations: Will Turkey Change Its Attitude toward Iran and Syria?

    Post-PKK Operations: Will Turkey Change Its Attitude toward Iran and Syria?

    Since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, the absence of U.S. action toward the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) presence in northern Iraq has been driving a wedge between Turkey and the United States. Meanwhile, Turkey’s ties with Iran and Syria, which analysts characterized as “cold if occasionally cordial” in the 1990s, have […]

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