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Women breaking the glass ceiling all over the world

  • Lebanese government ministers, left to right; Minister of Labor Lamia Yammine, Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najem, Defense Minister Zeina Akar, Minister of Youth and Sports Vartie Ohanian, Minister of Information Manal Abdul-Samad and Minister of Displaced Ghada Shreim, at the Presid...
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What does the NATO squabbling mean for Turkey’s future in the alliance?

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a welcoming ceremony at the NATO leaders' summit in Watford, England. (Reuters) If Turkey had not felt so threatened by the Soviet Union in late 1940s and early 1950s, would it now be part of the Western bloc? If not, what...
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The Syrian war and the demise of international diplomacy

  • Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, earlier this year. (Reuters) The Middle East has experienced many political crises, conflicts and proxy wars, but never has diplomacy sunk as low as it has now. ...
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Turkey’s shifting relationship with Syria: From friendship dam to peace corridor

  • Turkish army tanks near the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis province, Turkey. (Reuters) Just a month before the Syrian protests against the regime of Bashar Assad began in March 2011, Turkey and Syria agreed to launch a joint project to build a dam on the border between the two co...
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Overpopulation remains one of the greatest threats to global stability

  • Thursday was World Population Day. It has been celebrated on July 11 every year since 1989, when it was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program. The day was adopted by the international community to focus attention on and raise awareness of the significan...
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Trying to predict Turkish politics is pointless

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening ceremony of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Imam Hatip School in Istanbul. (Reuters) Once again it has been proven that the outcome of elections in Turkey are particularly hard to predict. For foreign pundits and local experts ...
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Return of TV debate to Turkish politics most welcome

  • Billboards featuring Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and mayoral candidate Binali Yildirim in Istanbul. (Reuters) Millions of Turkish voters will fix their attention on Sunday’s televised debate between Istanbul’s two leading mayoral candidates, which will be the first debate of...
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Turkey reaches out to Iraq amid increasing regional challenges

  • Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Al-Hakim in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on April 28, 2019. (AFP/HO/Iraqi Prime Minister’s Press Office) There is a very good sentence in Robert Mason’s 2014 book “Foreign Policy in Iran an...
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Turkey expanding ties with Russia and China

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, centre, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a meeting of the Astana Process. (AFP) The 12th round of Astana talks on Syria took place this week in the Kazakh capital Nur...
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The wide-ranging implications of Turkish, Israeli elections

  • Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by Likud party supporters, following the announcement of exit polls in Israel’s parliamentary election, at party headquarters in Tel Aviv. (Reuters) The past few weeks have witnessed two significant elections in the region. Both Turkey and Israe...
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