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Turkey’s options in handling the Syrian crisis

by Hasan Karaahmet As Syria’s Assad regime continues to struggle in containing the widespread uprisings and demonstrations for a more democratic, progressive political system throughout the country, neighboring Turkey is facing an increasingly difficult humanitarian crisis just north of the long border. Last Thursday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu spoke with his Syrian counterpart, […]

Azerbaijan Warns Armenia with Show of Force

Azerbaijan paraded thousands of soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles through its capital June 26 in a show of force two days after talks failed to resolve a bitter territorial dispute with Armenia. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who has overseen massive increases in defense spending, warned in his speech that he was ready to take […]

Greece striving for more debt

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said Friday he is negotiating a new bailout worth some 110 billion euros, as Europe enters a crucial 10 day period to ringfence the euro crisis. The Greek premier is in the eye of a storm threatening financial markets, the unity of Europe’s 17-nation currency area, and even the EU […]

Obama: U.S. to Pull 30,000 Out of Afghanistan by Summer 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama on June 22 ordered all 33,000 U.S. so-called surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer, declared the beginning of the end of the war and vowed to turn to “nation building” at home. In a pivotal moment for U.S. national security strategy, Obama also signaled in a 13-minute primetime speech […]

Turkey’s Actions May Trigger NATO Confrontation With Syrian Military

Last week, a feature by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton excoriating the political leadership of Syria appeared in the London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat. Saudi-supported and printed in twelve locations, it is considered to be among the most influential newspapers in the Arab world. As such, her comments (in English and Arabic) were intended to […]

Armenia’s Sarkisian complains about ‘Turkish blockade’, warns of war

Armenian President Serge Sarkisian claimed Armenia is under the blockade of Turkey and Azerbaijan, during his address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, while Azerbaijani parliamentarians said they were not able to ask their questions during the session Wednesday. Regarding a parliamentarian’s question on the threats of the Metzamar Nuclear Plant in […]

Aselsan bags national missile system contract

Turkey’s leading military electronics company Aselsan and the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, or SSM, have signed two major contracts for the development of indigenous low and medium altitude air defence missile systems, the company revealed in a special press release on Monday. Request for proposal for the low level air defence system (T-LALADMIS) was first issued by SSM […]

Turkey’s Islamists Win 3rd Straight Term in Govt.

Turkey’s Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a landslide victory in nationwide parliamentary elections June 12, according to results released June 13, securing a third consecutive term in government since 2002. Led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the AKP garnered nearly 50 percent of the general vote, while the main opposition party, the […]

Greek Privatization Drive and Strategic Opportunities for Turkey

As economic indicators point to an imminent threat of painful restructuring of the Greek public debt and conseuently significant loss of capital for major lenders in the Eurozone, pressure on Greece’s ruling party PASOK and Prime Minister George Papandreou keeps piling on. Even though the austerity measures the PASOK government has been trying to implement have caused widespread protest and […]

Thales Loses Court Appeal, Owes Taiwan $591M

A French court on June 9 ordered defense giant Thales to pay the Taiwanese Navy almost $600 million, rejecting the group’s appeal against last year’s arbitration ruling. An arbitration panel employed by two parties to settle their differences found in April 2010 that the French firm had wrongly paid commissions to intermediaries to secure a […]



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