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TWO YEARS AFTER THE INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM: ARE TURKEY-KRG RELATIONS NORMALIZING?TWO YEARS AFTER THE INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM: ARE TURKEY-KRG RELATIONS NORMALIZING?Monday, September 9, 2019
Turkey and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) enjoyed the golden years of their relationship between 2008 and 2017, beginning with the Justice and Development Party Government’s policy of engaging with the Iraqi Kurds until the...
SYRIAN SAFE ZONE MOVES U.S.-TURKEY RELATIONSHIP BEYOND KOBANISYRIAN SAFE ZONE MOVES U.S.-TURKEY RELATIONSHIP BEYOND KOBANIMonday, September 2, 2019
With Turkey poised for a cross-border invasion to clear northeastern Syria of U.S.-aligned Kurdish forces, Washington and Ankara announced an agreement on 7 August 2019 to jointly create and patrol a safe zone in region, averting the possibility of...
TURKEY - CYPRUS ISLAND INTERCONNECTOR AS AN ENERGY POLICY FOR TURKEY TURKEY - CYPRUS ISLAND INTERCONNECTOR AS AN ENERGY POLICY FOR TURKEY Tuesday, August 27, 2019
From the Balearic Islands and Corsica, to Sicily in the Mediterranean, the European Network of Transmission System Operators-Electricity (ENTSO-E) transmission system interconnects continental Europe with its islands. Cyprus Island, which has a...
 A Dangerous Policy of Turkish Containment in the Eastern Mediterranean A Dangerous Policy of Turkish Containment in the Eastern Mediterranean Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Turkey's provocative action of sending two drillships into Cypriot waters to explore natural gas is a response to a grander provocation coming from the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, and Israel to exclude Turkey from the marketing of Eastern...
SYRIAN REFUGEES MAY HOLD THE KEY TO TURKEY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GEO-POLITICAL AMBITIONSSYRIAN REFUGEES MAY HOLD THE KEY TO TURKEY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GEO-POLITICAL AMBITIONSTuesday, June 25, 2019
Since the founding of the Republic under Kemal Atatürk, the political crisis in Syria has thrown up one of the most fundamental constraints ever faced by any Turkish Government. This does not imply in any way that the presence of...
 A Virtual Hub Can Create Actual Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean Benefiting Turkey and Turkish Cypriots A Virtual Hub Can Create Actual Peace in the Eastern Mediterranean Benefiting Turkey and Turkish CypriotsMonday, June 24, 2019
The Eastern Mediterranean is poised to enter a dangerous escalation spiral over offshore natural gas. On 3 May 2019, Turkey announced that it would commence natural gas drilling operations off the southern coast of Cyprus, in the exclusive economic...
Turkey's Purchase and the Path to a Post-American Alliance ArchitectureTurkey's Purchase and the Path to a Post-American Alliance ArchitectureFriday, April 26, 2019
Turkey's taking delivery of the Russian S-400 air and missile defense system in July 2019 is a momentous strategic step. It reflects the realignment of Ankara's interests away from Washington and toward Moscow. Washington's planned...
What Remains from Turkish Soft Power in the Caucasus?Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The academic literature on soft power is abundant with many case studies from around the world. Initially, Joseph Nye conceptualized the term “soft power” in his essay “Bound to Lead.” The term originally referred to an...
Book Review: Rising Powers and South-South Cooperation Book Review: Rising Powers and South-South Cooperation Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Rising Powers and South-South Cooperation consists of 12 essays by political science and international relations scholars who explore different aspects of the SCC and the Global South. The volume situates the author’s stance in the wider...
Pakistan Receives Warning From Iran not to Join Saudi Proxy WarPakistan Receives Warning From Iran not to Join Saudi Proxy WarThursday, March 21, 2019
Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force, and other senior officials in the aftermath of the 13 February 2019 attack on their forces by...
No New NamesNo New NamesWednesday, November 29, 2017
  The names and places associated with the atrocities that stain the world’s recent history are only too well known: Guernica, Babi Yar, Sharpeville, Treblinka, Hiroshima, Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica and, more recently, Aleppo and...
The Clash of Turkish and Armenian NarrativesThe Clash of Turkish and Armenian NarrativesFriday, July 21, 2017
The debates and tensions that very often characterize the interactions between the Turkish and Armenian peoples do not easily fit into frameworks adopted by studies of international affairs. One problem is that of identifying specific actors: states,...
Four Steps to an EU-Turkey ResetFour Steps to an EU-Turkey ResetWednesday, July 5, 2017
In this piece, our Advisory Board member, Ambassador Marc Pierini, lays out four steps that the EU and Turkey should contemplate in order to enhance their relationship in the short- and medium- term: (1) Modernize the EU-Turkey Customs Union, (2)...
"Arab NATO" Must not be Exploited to Isolate Turkey in the East MedWednesday, May 24, 2017
On his first foreign trip as US President, Donald Trump has recently concluded visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel that herald a new formation in the strategic architecture of the Middle East, a broad coalition of regional actors engaged in coordinated...
How the Political Center in Europe Found its Voice AgainHow the Political Center in Europe Found its Voice AgainMonday, May 15, 2017
One stormy evening, during his campaign to become president of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen calmly stood on a podium somewhere in Vienna and tried to answer the question of what is wrong with the European Union. "The problem is not that...
Sino-Saudi Red Sea Alignment Presents Opportunity for Turkey-China CooperationSino-Saudi Red Sea Alignment Presents Opportunity for Turkey-China CooperationFriday, April 7, 2017
Beyond the 65 billion dollars of economic deals signed between Riyadh and Beijing, last month’s much heralded visit by King Salman of Saudi Arabia to China confirmed the nascent strategic partnership developing between China and Saudi Arabia as...
Russia and Turkey: Competitive PartnersRussia and Turkey: Competitive PartnersWednesday, April 5, 2017
On 10 March 2017, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a visit later hailed by Russia as a concrete demonstration of the successful normalization of Russian-Turkish relations. Evidently, the parties have...
Challenges Facing Ukraine in 2017Challenges Facing Ukraine in 2017Monday, February 6, 2017
It is no wonder that Ukraine remains high on the global security agenda. Located in the very center of Europe, Ukraine is critical for the stability of the central Europe and Black Sea basin. Ukraine is facing numerous challenges, both external and...
The Many Foreign Policy Fallouts of BrexitThe Many Foreign Policy Fallouts of BrexitThursday, June 30, 2016
As the British government and the European Council are working hard to figure out the way forward after the Leave camp won the referendum, it is not too early to look at the many likely fallouts of a Brexit in the foreign policy field, if and when...
Post-Election Analysis of the Greek Cypriot Parliamentary Elections of 22 May 2016Post-Election Analysis of the Greek Cypriot Parliamentary Elections of 22 May 2016Thursday, June 30, 2016
The recent parliamentary election on 22 May 2016 was expected to deliver surprises for a host of reasons, but what came about was a total redrafting of the political map in the Greek Cypriot community with all resultant repercussions promising to...
The 22 May 2016 Parliamentary Elections In Cyprus: The Most Disparate Political Picture In Years!The 22 May 2016 Parliamentary Elections In Cyprus: The Most Disparate Political Picture In Years!Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Elections have always been a popular political event in the Greek Cypriot community, especially in the years after the tragic events of 1974 that forced the partition of the island state. Due to the fact that the Greek Cypriot governmental system is...
An East European-Turkish Pact Against Russian Neo-Imperialism An East European-Turkish Pact Against Russian Neo-Imperialism Friday, April 22, 2016
An interim solution for Ukraine’s and Georgia’s current security problem, until they become members of the EU and NATO, could be the revival of an old inter-war Polish idea about an alliance of Central and South East European states...
Can Terror-Stricken Turkey be the EU’s Security Bulwark?Can Terror-Stricken Turkey be the EU’s Security Bulwark?Friday, March 25, 2016
European leaders, embroiled in a migrant crisis for over a year, are desperately seeking a deal with Turkey to help keep their Union secure. With thousands of refugees, and potential terrorists, streaming in daily, Europe appears willing to pay a...
Face to Face with Illusions and Realities Face to Face with Illusions and Realities Thursday, February 11, 2016
On the occasion of the International Peace Congress organized in Paris in 1849, in his speech entitled “A Day Will Come,” Victor Hugo had spoken of a period when Europe would be known as the "United States of Europe" and where...
Prospects of Delivering Israeli Gas to the Turkish MarketProspects of Delivering Israeli Gas to the Turkish MarketTuesday, January 26, 2016
After a five-year diplomatic rift, Turkey and Israel are working to restore ties. On 16 December 2015, the two reached a preliminary agreement to re-establish full diplomatic relations, which were cut off in 2010 after an Israeli naval raid on the...
Turkey’s Foreign Policy Conundrum with Russia: What is to be Done?Turkey’s Foreign Policy Conundrum with Russia: What is to be Done?Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Turkey’s foreign policy in 2016 will continue to revolve around the Syrian quagmire. On the one hand, Turkey wishes to influence the talks between the Syrian state and the Syrian opposition which will be launched in order to prepare the...
Turkey and Israel: On the Way Back to NormalTurkey and Israel: On the Way Back to NormalFriday, December 25, 2015
In a significant development that will enhance the security posture of each country, Turkey and Israel now appear close to concluding an agreement that would allow normalization of relations, including the return of ambassadors. On December 14th,...
Testing Times in Turkey’s Relations with RussiaTesting Times in Turkey’s Relations with RussiaTuesday, October 13, 2015
The first week of October 2015 was marked by escalating tensions between Turkey and Russia; two countries which, particularly in the last decade, have developed closer ties due to increasing trade, commerce, and tourism. Russian Su-30s crossed over...
Greece Goes to the Polls Again:  What’s Next?Greece Goes to the Polls Again: What’s Next?Monday, September 7, 2015
On 12 July 2015, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the ruling SYRIZA party crossed their own Rubicon. The signature of a third bailout program – known in Greece as the third Memorandum – signaled yet another realignment in Greek...
To Counter Iran, Ankara Must Accommodate the KurdsTo Counter Iran, Ankara Must Accommodate the KurdsTuesday, August 18, 2015
The agreement between the P5+1 and Iran is a game changer that weakens Turkey’s strategic position in Syria and Iraq. In response to Iran’s strengthened hand, Turkey has two options with the forces that exist on the ground in this region:...
Supreme Sensibilities: How Iran’s Khamenei Defines the DealSupreme Sensibilities: How Iran’s Khamenei Defines the DealTuesday, August 4, 2015
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)[1] is slated to provide Iran with sanctions relief, unfrozen assets, and a return to the international banking system. Most important, should the Islamic Republic implement and fully comply with the...
Calling Yemen a Proxy War is an OversimplificationCalling Yemen a Proxy War is an OversimplificationFriday, June 12, 2015
The operation formerly known as “Decisive Storm,” later re-branded “Renewal of Hope,” has been described as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. By extension, the conflict is interpreted as manifesting latent...
Is Turkey Being Drawn into Another Sectarian Conflict in the MENA Region?Tuesday, May 12, 2015
What does the convergence of Saudi Arabia’s and Turkey’s Syria and Yemen policies mean for Turkey? Recently, news surfaced regarding two potential avenues of cooperation between the Kingdom and Turkey: the possible provision of Turkish...
TPQ Genel Yayın Yönetmeni Diba Nigar Göksel ile SöyleşiWednesday, April 30, 2014
TPQ yazı işleri sorumlusu Erkut Emcioğlu 28 Temmuz 2013 tarihinde genel yayın yönetmenimiz Nigar Göksel ile bir söyleşi gerçekleştirdi. Göksel'in geçmişini, yürüttüğü araştırmaları ve...