Monthly Archives: December 2012

New tool to promote trade

Since 2006, Turkey has been benefiting from a valuable foreign policy tool to promote economic, political and other ties with a number of countries. This instrument has had different names, depending on the level of cooperation planned with a partnering … Continue reading

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Sudan and South Sudan: indispensable partners for Turkey

Just as Turkey severing ties with Israel at the political level has strategically served no meaningful purpose other than sidelining Turkish foreign policy on problems to which the Jewish state proved to be a stubbornly difficult party, including the now-stalled … Continue reading

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Failure of new constitution in Turkey

Looking at the partial text of the constitution the parliamentary Reconciliation Commission has drafted so far to replace the 1982 military-era authoritarian Constitution, I have no optimism whatsoever that it will have been completed by the time we will find … Continue reading

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Turkey tightens vise on tax havens

Not much is known in Turkey about Guernsey — a tiny and prosperous island economy in the English Channel located to the northwest of France. It is a British crown dependency whose defense obligations and international representation were assumed by … Continue reading

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Turkey to help secure Af-Pak border

Some groups, or rather some states, simply do not want the two neighbors, Pakistan and Afghanistan, to mend fences over their disagreements, and they are doing everything in their power to derail the rapprochement efforts between these two countries brokered … Continue reading

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Turkey, Hungary should do more

There is no doubt that there are strong historical connections between Turks and Hungarians, and some claim they go all the way back to Central Asian roots with a common past of more than 1,500 years. The memory of a … Continue reading

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Last act for Assad

Judging from a rush of diplomatic exchanges around the 21-month-long Syrian conflict right after the formation of a newly shaped umbrella opposition group in Doha, the time for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seems to have come to an end. … Continue reading

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