Foreign Policy Management

Turkey's Imbalances and Identity Crisis

Δημιουργηθηκε στις Σάββατο, 23 Νοεμβρίου 2013 14:01 Ημερομηνία Δημοσίευσης
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By Zenonas Tziarras, Junior Research Scholar & Ass. Editor of JSESSTL, Strategy International.*

Published on The GW Post, November 23, 2013.

It was June, 2013. I arrived in Ankara, Turkey, right on time to witness the development of the protests that began at Istanbul’s Gezi Park and spread throughout the country’s urban centers, as well as to experience and participate in the social and political discussion that was taking place at that time. The purpose of my visit included the participation in a conference on Turkish foreign policy and some field research. That gave me the opportunity to speak and exchange views with students of International Relations, academics, experts, and diplomats.

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The Lonely Man of the Middle East

Δημιουργηθηκε στις Παρασκευή, 07 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012 20:45 Ημερομηνία Δημοσίευσης
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When Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan met last month with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin about the civil war in Syria, political biographers had a right to be confused. After all, one is the leader of a government that has imprisoned more journalists than China and Iran combined; empowered special courts to arrest citizens on suspicion of terrorism without evidence or the right to a hearing; sentenced two students to eight years in prison for holding a sign at a rally demanding "free education;' and has seen more than 20,000 complaints filed against it in the European Court of Human Rights since 2008. The other is president of Russia.

 

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In Retrospect: Mikhail Gorbachev, a Wilsonian Communist?

Δημιουργηθηκε στις Δευτέρα, 11 Ιουνίου 2012 10:37 Ημερομηνία Δημοσίευσης
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 A Nobel peace prize laureate, Mikhail Gorbachev, changed almost single-handedly the world in the eve of the 21st century. As the last leader of the Soviet Union, by introducing his famous reforms of “Perestroika” and “Glasnost”, eradicated the political system he had been striving to transform.  Enormously popular to the European public which was for a while infected with “Gorby-mania”, he ended up being unpopular – if not ostracized – in Russia, despite the fact that his actions brought the Cold War to an end.

 

 

 

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