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‘Kurdish issue has reached final act,’ says politician

Kemal Burkay (R) came to Istanbul last July after 31 years of exile in Sweden. He visited Ankara and Diyarbakır, saying he could not recognize either of the cities, as they had become much bigger. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

The Kurdish problem is in its final act, as both Turks and Kurds wants a peaceful solution, according to a prominent Kurdish politician. ‘The final act will have its ups and downs,’ says Kemal Burkay. The PKK’s resort to arms did not help but rather complicated the issue, says Burkay, adding that 30 years of […]

Creating a positive European agenda for Turkey

STEFAN FÜLE

Turkey is a key country for the European Union. It is therefore disappointing that there has been so limited progress in the accession process over the last year. This is a source of frustration to both sides, as we are insufficiently exploiting the strong political and economic ties that already exist between us. I think […]

Radar to lure Iran to table, says Kissinger

Kissinger says ‘Turkey will play an important role regarding Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.’ AFP photo

NATO’s missile radar will draw Iran back to the negotiating table for talks on its nuclear drive, says prominent former US diplomat Kissinger A sophisticated NATO radar system deployed on Turkish soil would force Iran into restarting negotiations on its nuclear program, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has said while also praising Ankara’s […]

[NEWS ANALYSIS] Turkey looks east as EU accession prospect recedes

Cold-shouldered by the European Union it wants to join, NATO member Turkey is turning east politically and economically for the respect it feels it lacks in the West. A rising Muslim democracy, Turkey began accession talks with Brussels in 2005, but progress has been painfully slow, hobbled by tensions between Ankara and EU-member Greek Cyprus […]

International coalition of pressure against Syria

By Sami Kohen The meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday constitutes a significant event in the international campaign focused on Syria lately. It is not a coincidence that as Turkey launches this latest diplomatic attempt, many countries and organizations have also expressed tough criticism of the Assad […]

Can police fight the PKK?

Ever since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government revealed that it will start a new initiative against terrorist groups using police special forces, who were trained to fight against the PKK, a new debate has opened up as to whether the police can really fight against the rural base of the PKK. Former […]

Global Economic Downturn: A Crisis of Political Economy

By George Friedman Classical political economists like Adam Smith or David Ricardo never used the term “economy” by itself. They always used the term “political economy.” For classical economists, it was impossible to understand politics without economics or economics without politics. The two fields are certainly different but they are also intimately linked. The use […]

America Needs a New Political Party

America Needs a New Political Party: Base it on George C. Marshall’s Public Service by John Stanton General Marshall is a great American, but he is far more than that. . .He has always fought victoriously against defeatism, discouragement and disillusion. Succeeding generations must not be allowed to forget his achievements and his example.” Winston […]

New chance for fresh military reforms

By Lale Kemal The resignations of four top generals recently, protesting the arrest of over 250 military officers, including some top generals, on charges of plotting an armed revolt to remove the government, could provide an important chance for the Turkish government to consolidate civilian democratic control of the armed forces. The Turkish Armed Forces […]

The U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran’s Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics

By Reva Bhalla Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian  Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran  and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s  fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow  Washington to keep a meaningful military presence […]



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