Monthly Archives: October 2009

New era in Greek-Turkish relations

Only two days after new Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was sworn into office following a landslide victory in elections that swept his party, PASOK, into power did he return a courtesy call from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan … Continue reading

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Bull’s-eye on the Armenian president’s back

I really did not want to write about how Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan has turned into a wanted man with a bull’s-eye on his back and has become a target for Armenian ultra-nationalists and zealots, fearing that it would give … Continue reading

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Clean coal technology needed in Turkey

Do I think we ought to pollute our way into turning the emerging Turkish economy into a developed one? Certainly not. But I am also one of those who believe Turkey should rely less on imported energy resources and focus … Continue reading

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Maximum cooperation: Syrian case

Since signing a free trade agreement with Syria in 2007, Turkey’s trade relations with its southern neighbor have been boosted tremendously, climbing to a new high with a landmark decision last month to abolish visa requirements for citizens of the … Continue reading

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Is the AK Party government sincere about solving the Kurdish issue?

I have often been queried by diplomats as to how sincere the government is in its effort to solve the long-standing Kurdish problem in Turkey. The lingering question in the back of many foreign observers’ minds is this: Is the … Continue reading

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