Monthly Archives: December 2011

Turkey’s position at the G-20 (1)

No doubt that Turkey, the fastest growing economy in Europe, values its seat at the forum of the G-20, the major economies that represent 85 percent of world’s economy and two-thirds of the world population. After all, the G-20 shapes … Continue reading

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Issues hampering business between Turkey and Saudi Arabia

Jeddah — If we are to be sincere in our efforts to bring Turkey and Saudi Arabia together in a real sense, not just because of conjecture or the imposition of changing regional dynamics, then we have a duty to … Continue reading

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What do Turkey and Saudi Arabia hope to accomplish?

RIYADH — Fast moving events in the Middle Eastern landscape in recent years have gravitated Saudi Arabia and Turkey, two regional heavyweights in this region, towards each other. To respond to significant challenges in their immediate neighborhoods, the governments of … Continue reading

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Leon Panetta’s vision of Turkey

Although my mind was preoccupied with the belligerent remarks recently uttered by senior Iranian officials against Turkey and concern over the protracted conflict in Syria when putting out my question, I think it was Thom Shanker of The New York … Continue reading

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Turkey’s alignment with the EU goes on

It was one of the hectic weeks leading up to the June 12 national elections in Turkey. I was in my office two blocks away from the Foreign Ministry in the Balgat district of Ankara having a candid chat with … Continue reading

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Turkey’s risky brinksmanship with Syria

It is not a question of “if” but rather a question of “how long” Bashar al-Assad can hang on to power. When his regime will fold under mounting regional and international pressure is still unknown. But one thing is clear: … Continue reading

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Economic woes may eat away AK Party’s support

The data released this week for inflation, which jumped to 9.48 percent from 7.29 percent in November of last year, must have rung alarm bells for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in Turkey. It seems double-digit … Continue reading

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