Monthly Archives: January 2012

Risk at Turkey’s borders with Iran

Mindful of Iranian attempts to secretly use Turkish soil to provide arms and munitions to illicit terrorist groups as well as to repressive regimes like Syria, Turkey has increased security precautions at its border gates with Iran, the world’s “most … Continue reading

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Turkey challenges Iran in Somalia

Turkey’s relatively newfound interest in engaging with Somalia was triggered by a combination of different events, from the extension of humanitarian assistance during a time of great famine to the desire to establish a foothold in a strategic location so … Continue reading

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Syrian Kurds and Turkey

In November 2011, President Abdullah Gül warned Syria not to use the outlawed terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) against Turkey, indicating that he hopes the neighboring country does not make the same mistake it did in the past by hosting … Continue reading

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The ECtHR and Turkey: a work in progress

On Jan. 26 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will disclose annual statistics with regard to the signatory states of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) during a press briefing held once a year at the human rights … Continue reading

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On common path: Turkey and Tunisia

SOUSSE — No doubt Tunisia faces significant challenges in its political, economic and social policies. How it deals with the post-revolution era will have important ramifications not only for the country itself but for others in the entire southern rim … Continue reading

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Tunisia and Turkey on the anniversary of revolution

I am here in Tunisia on the anniversary of a revolution that marked the departure of dictator Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, an event which inspired the so-called Arab Spring that ousted long-standing autocrats Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Muammar … Continue reading

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Glimmer of hope for Syria before Arab League’s exit

I was a short distance away from the explosion that ripped through a busy intersection in the Syrian capital on Friday, hitting a police bus and killing at least 26 people. I was busy watching a small pro-government demonstration in … Continue reading

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