Monthly Archives: September 2013

Reform challenges for Turkish government

Should we say “better late than never” for the delayed attempt at further democratic steps by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and be thankful to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for finally announcing measures to grant … Continue reading

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Iran supports al-Shabaab in Somalia

“Below the waters, you will find Iranian clandestine operations that are not always easy to detect,” an Ankara-based African ambassador told me in confidence recently while discussing the terrible killing spree by militants belonging to the terrorist al-Shabaab organization that … Continue reading

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Turkey and UAE: Picking up where we left off

Almost a year ago, I was granted access to senior government officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and had a chance to discuss a range of issues with them, including but not limited to an unprecedented gold sale to … Continue reading

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Time to invest in Turkey

I am often asked by foreign investors visiting Ankara who want to take the pulse of our politics and economy whether Turkey is still a safe place to invest against the background of the Gezi Park protests, violent flare-ups from … Continue reading

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Fresh momentum in Turkey-Pakistan ties

Business-savvy Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was elected only four months ago in a landslide general election victory, may be the best hope to make up for what has been lacking between Turkey and Pakistan, two close friends and … Continue reading

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Chemical weapons-free Syria good for Turkey

Turkey’s welcoming of a Russian proposal for Syria to cede its chemical weapons stockpile — despite words of caution that this could be a tactical move by President Bashar al-Assad to buy more time for his beleaguered rule — reflects … Continue reading

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Invasion of privacy and personal data in Turkey

This Thursday will be the third anniversary of the constitutional referendum of Sept. 12, 2010 — perhaps the most important piece of constitutional reform in Turkey that set the country firmer on the path of democracy with a major overhaul … Continue reading

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