Monthly Archives: January 2011

Reform and outsiders: looking at Egypt from Turkey

We have heard many times that US policymakers made a convincing argument that any change and reform must come from internal actors to ensure a sustainable position on the democratic path one country should undertake for the sake of future … Continue reading

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Judicial reform, ECtHR and Turkey

By coincidence or great design, judicial reform was one of the key issues in the speeches of all three presidents from Eastern Europe who came to Strasbourg last week to deliver speeches and respond to questions raised by deputies in … Continue reading

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Maintaining a competitive edge in industry

Why should we not have our own Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Michael Dell in Turkey? These and many other famous entrepreneurs have developed new business models in innovative information technologies and have become billionaires in a short period of … Continue reading

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Talking points for Turkish president at PACE

Turkish President Abdullah Gül will be delivering what many, including the author of this column, hopes will be a landmark speech during the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the largest and most important … Continue reading

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Win-win case for Turkey and Syria

In sharp contrast to Iran’s ambivalence to boosting trade relations with Turkey, Syria offers a much more promising prospect for Turkish businesses and investors. Damascus made a quick turnaround in opening up its economy to international investors, especially those in … Continue reading

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Is Bulgaria culpable in flooding hazard?

Turkey and Bulgaria are set to start a high level strategic cooperation council this year that will hopefully fast track many long-deferred joint projects into action by involving senior-cabinet level ministers and headed by prime ministers on both sides. This … Continue reading

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Turkey’s delicate game with Iran and the West

Turkey is playing a very delicate and inherently very dangerous game to balance out the conflicting interests of its major ally the United States and its most important neighbor after Russia – Iran — when it comes to the sanctions … Continue reading

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