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Why hopes of a Turkish-Armenian deal are on the rise

  • Turkey and Armenia in 2009 made an attempt to initiate negotiations aimed at normalizing relations. They signed two agreements, one for the establishment of diplomatic relations and another for the promotion of their bilateral relations. A much-publicized signing ceremony was organized in Zuric...
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Turkey’s EU hopes are quietly unraveling

  • The EU General Affairs Council held its regular meeting this month and issued a statement summarizing the debates. The space allocated to Turkey-Greece and Turkey-Greek Cypriot relations was disproportionately larger than that given to other issues pertaining to Turkey-EU relations. Turkey’s ...
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Easing tensions in the South Caucusus

  • European Council Chairman Charles Michel invited Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to a meeting on the sidelines of the EU Eastern Partnership summit held last week in Brussels. Another trilateral summit scheduled before Nov. 10 — the first anniver...
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No one knows Putin’s endgame in Ukraine

  • A tug-of-war is in full swing between Russia and Ukraine on the one hand and the US and Russia on the other. Russia has massed up to 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, a large concentration that cannot easily be explained as a routine military movement. Russia may be doing this to dis...
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Turkey should look to the past on human rights

  • The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on Friday decided to launch an “infringement proceeding” against Turkey — a step that will further alienate this country, especially in the West. Council of Europe founding member Turkey was also subjected, in the 1990s, to a “monitoring proc...
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Turkey turns the page in its dealings with UAE

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally reached the conclusion that confrontation with the UAE does not bring him any advantage. The roots of the tension between the two countries go back to Turkey’s strong support for the Muslim Brotherhood. When the Gulf Cooperation Council membe...
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Turkey-EU relations in the post-Merkel era

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel played a crucial role in the shaping of Turkey-EU relations. Every single detail was not worked out by her, but her fingerprint has been visible in most crucial turning points. When Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, in its early years in power, was g...
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Erdogan tests the water for a Syrian attack

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared last week that his country’s patience was wearing thin because of various attacks originating from Syria and aimed at Turkey’s security or military personnel. The tension began with a Russian air attack on a group of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham fighter...
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Erdogan may take a calculated risk on the Taliban

  • The uncertain situation in Afghanistan is likely to remain as such for the foreseeable future. The settlement of accounts of various hostilities that took place during the last two decades of foreign intervention cannot be expected to die away quickly. An offshoot of Daesh, known as Daesh-Kho...
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Fires in Turkey, and how not to manage a crisis

  • Forest fires of unprecedented scale have caused more damage in Turkey than in previous years. As a result, the ensuing debates were more lively and critical of the government’s handling of the crisis. Fires in more than 80 locations have burned hundreds of thousands of acres of forest, farms, h...
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