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New Turkish charter to be a model for region

Turkey’s new constitution will set a model for regional and other countries that seek the “best-ever charter highlighting universal values of democracy, human rights and rule of law,” according to a senior governmental official. “I believe our new constitution, which will be the newest charter based on universal principles, will make an overwhelming impression on […]

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 […]

Ukraine Secretly Ramps Up Ties With NATO: Report

Ukraine is ramping up cooperation with NATO, dealing a blow to Moscow’s hopes that its neighbor would align itself more closely to Russia under President Viktor Yanukovych, a report said Tuesday. The Kommersant Ukraine daily newspaper, citing a secret document on Ukraine’s program with NATO for 2011, said Yanukovych sought closer ties with the bloc […]

Kazakhstan in Turkish foreign policy

This year is the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence. For this reason, the ruling Nur Otan party has held meetings to discuss the past and future of the country. The conference, titled “20 Years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Freedom, Unity, Stability, Prosperity,” held in the capital city of Astana on May 31, […]

First Galileo satellite to launch in October

The launch of the first two operational satellites of the EU’s global navigation satellite system will take place on 20th October, the European Commission announced today. This is just the first of a series of launches due to take off from Europe’s Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch of the Galileo satellites at […]

Visegrad: A New European Military Force

STRATFOR’s ‘The Agenda’ by George Friedman With the Palestinians demonstrating and the International Monetary Fund in turmoil, it would seem odd to focus this week on something called the Visegrad Group. But this is not a frivolous choice. What the Visegrad Group decided to do last week will, I think, resonate for years, long after […]

A Comprehensive Overview of the Turkish Defence Industry: Full Report

The Turkish defence sector has followed a path of steady but significant growth since 1985, the year of the foundation of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), Turkey’s defence procurement agency. Established with the aim of modernising the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and nurturing the growth of a national defence sector, the SSM has successfully […]

Turkey’s New Relationship with NATO: Implications for Washington

Ankara’s recent attempt to block the NATO mission in Libya and the 2010 quarrel with NATO over the missile-defense initiative point at a new Turkish stance vis-à-vis NATO. Ever since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) assumed power in Ankara in 2002, Turkey has grown gradually cold toward cooperating with the West in the Middle […]

Saving Russian-Turkish ties from being hostage to PKK terrorism

The fundamental transformation of Turkish-Russian relations over the last two decades from being former Cold War foes to being strategic partners is quite a leap forward for students of international politics. The growing partnership between Turkey under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia reached […]

Why Washington must look to Ankara

America has yet to figure out whether Turkey is friend or foe. With conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan, and tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia, Turkey’s generous military and aid contribution pleases Washington. With Armenia, Israel and Iran, however, Turkey spurns Washington for refusing the genocide label, stalling negotiations and opposing sanctions, respectively. Coupled with a […]

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