Monthly Archives: October 2013

How does Singapore view Turkey?

The Singaporean government’s deliberate and determined policy to work closely with Turkey on a number of issues ranging from trade to investment and from politics to culture is based on long and careful consideration at the senior policy makers’ level. … Continue reading

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Turkey fights Iran-backed al-Qaeda

On Oct. 18, 2012, the US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, David S. Cohen, disclosed how a network of terrorist al-Qaeda groups, apparently operating under a secret agreement with Iranian officials, had been operating what he called “a core … Continue reading

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Turkey grows restless over IMF reform

Almost a year passed with no progress on the stalled quota and governance reforms at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since I last had a conversation with Turkey’s economy czar and deputy prime minister, Ali Babacan, … Continue reading

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Pillaging heritage sites in Turkey

The first bill Parliament enacted soon after returning from its summer recess was an amendment to Conservation of Cultural and Natural Property Law No. 2863, which was necessitated after the Constitutional Court struck down a few changes in the last … Continue reading

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Combating corruption in Turkey

In February 2010, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government approved a strategy to strengthen measures to combat corruption and boost transparency in governance. The Prime Ministry Inspection Board, the chief watchdog agency over the government, has drafted … Continue reading

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EU ‘regress report’ 2013

In this third edition of my personal “regress report,” which is by far the most pessimistic one because of the more than three years of stalled negotiations between Turkey and the EU, the most discouraging imprint on the process of … Continue reading

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Appeasing Iran in Afghanistan

In a security conference over the weekend that the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) organized in Herat, the third largest city in Afghanistan and an hour’s drive from the Iranian border, I sensed growing apprehension and anxiety among Afghans … Continue reading

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