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The Euphrates in Crisis: Channels of Cooperation for a Threatened River 17 avril 2015

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Research Paper (Chatham House) April 2015
Project: Energy, Environment and Resources Department

Nouar Shamout & Glada Lahn *

The Euphrates River is of critical importance for water, food and energy security in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. (suite…)

Illusions versus reality: Turkey’s approach to the Middle East and North Africa 16 avril 2015

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Policy Brief (FRIDE) nº 200, April 2015                                                                       Español

By Soli Özel & Behlül Özkan *

Turkey’s once so promising standing in the Middle East and North Africa lies in ruins. This is because the Turkish government – driven by ideology rather than pragmatism – has squandered its regional geopolitical capital since the 2011 Arab uprisings. (suite…)

A nuclear Turkey? 13 avril 2015

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Khaleej Times (UAE) April 13, 2015, p. 12                            Deutsch Español Français

George Perkovich & Sinan Ülgen *

Economic interests give Ankara an incentive not to seek nukes. According to conventional wisdom, if Iran develops nuclear weapons, then Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and perhaps Egypt will try to follow suit. (suite…)

Turkey’s Trade in Search of an External Anchor: The Neighbourhood, the Customs Union or TTIP? 12 avril 2015

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GTE Working Paper (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 9, April 2015, 13 p.

Kemal Kirişci & Sinan Ekim *

In the course of the last three decades, the Turkish economy experienced a dramatic boom: not only were Turkey’s foreign exports on high demand across the EU and in its immediate neighborhood, but Turkey also attracted high volumes of foreign direct investment. (suite…)

The case for Turkey in Europe 10 avril 2015

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Azer News (Azerbaijan) April 10, 2015, p. 3                                            Deutsch Français

By Volkan Bozkir *

Turkey’s wider neighborhood is engulfed in crises. To its east lie political instability, civil war, and terrorism, while its neighbors to the west are struggling to regain their financial footing, following an economic collapse nearly on the scale of the Great Depression. (suite…)

Region to feel the effects of Iran nuclear deal 9 avril 2015

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The Daily Star (Lebanon) April 9, 2015, p. 3

By Hussein Dakroub, Beirut

Analysts expect wide ramifications, unless U.S. Republicans get their way. A nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers will have far-reaching political, security and economic ramifications on the fate of the volatile region, analysts said Wednesday. (suite…)

Beyond Nuclear Negotiations 8 avril 2015

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Today’s Zaman (Turkey) April 8, 2015, p. 11

by Beril Dedeoglu

The deal that has been announced following the marathon talks between Iran and the 5+1 group is probably one of the most spectacular diplomatic achievements of these past years. It seems that the US’s decision to incorporate Iran into the international system was a good one. (suite…)

Iran may steal Turkey’s role 7 avril 2015

Posted by Acturca in Energy / Energie, Middle East / Moyen Orient, Turkey / Turquie.
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Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) April 7, 2015, p. 11

By Gila Benmayor

Energy expert and strategist Mehmet Öğütçü answered my questions on what kind of role Iran would take in energy and how the nuclear program deal would affect Turkey. (suite…)

Gulf alliances: Regional states hedge bets 7 avril 2015

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The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) April 7, 2015, p. 7

James M. Dorsey *

The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces from gaining power symbolizes the Gulf’s new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement rather than replace the regional US security umbrella. (suite…)

Turkish President Warns Iran About Trying to Dominate Middle East 30 mars 2015

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Voice of America News (USA) Monday, March 30, 2015

Dorian Jones, Istanbul

Turkey’s president warned it will not tolerate Iran dominating the Middle East, amid growing concerns inside the country that it will be sucked into a sectarian conflict with its neighbor. (suite…)

Turkey supports Saudi mission in Yemen, says Iran must withdraw 27 mars 2015

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France 24, 27/03/2015                                                                                   Français Türkçe

by Marc Perelman

In an interview with France 24 on Thursday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey supports the Saudi-led mission to rout Shiite rebels from Yemen and criticised Iran’s regional ambitions in both Yemen and Iraq. (suite…)

Le grand exode des Ouïgours 26 mars 2015

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Le Monde (France) jeudi 26 mars 2015, p. 18

Brice Pedroletti

Répression politique et religieuse, contrôle des déplacements… La brutalité des autorités chinoises précipite les départs dans la minorité musulmane de la province du Xinjiang. Une fuite massive et clandestine à destination de la Turquie. (suite…)

Israeli Election Results and Turkey 25 mars 2015

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Policy Update (GPoT Center) no. 9, March 2015                                                         Türkçe

Muhammed Ammash *

GPoT Policy Update No. 9 briefly presents the process that took Israel to early elections, while discussing the meaning of the results for Turkey and outlining the new outlook of the Israeli Knesset. (suite…)

A myth of bad borders 22 mars 2015

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Los Angeles Times (USA) Sunday, March 22, 2015, p. 18

By Sean McMeekin *

Control of territory in the Middle East comes through force, as Islamic State reminds us. With a massive invasion by U.S. ground troops ruled out — for now — the debate in Washington over what to do about Islamic State militants has shifted into the realm of diplomacy and “soft power.” (suite…)

The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective 20 mars 2015

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Joint Policy Study (SSN-EUROMESCO) March 2015

Senén Florensa, Dtor. *

A few years after the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring, as the processes of transition and the geopolitical balance shifts are fully underway, it is imperative to think about the changes the region is facing and the options ahead. (suite…)

Turkey as a humanitarian actor: the critical cases of Somalia and Syria 17 mars 2015

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NOREF Report (Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre) March 2015

By Pinar Tank *

The rise of new powers has made its mark on the fields of humanitarianism, mediation and peacebuilding. As an aspiring middle power, Turkey has undertaken a growing engagement with the humanitarian field over the past decade, introducing new methodologies and practices. (suite…)

Fragile or Favored? Prospects for Turkey’s Economy in 2015 16 mars 2015

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Report (Bipartisan Policy Center) March 2015

National Security Program

Turkey is often touted as an economic success story. One impressive statistic, commonly cited by its government, is that Turkey has managed to triple its per capita gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of economic performance, in the last 13 years. (suite…)

An EU-Turkey reset 15 mars 2015

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Arab News (S. Arabia) March 15, 2015, p. 10           Deutsch Español Français Türkçe

Martti Ahtisaari, Emma Bonino & Albert Rohan *

Later this year, Turkey will host the 2015 G-20 Leaders’ Summit, the 10th annual meeting of the G-20 heads of government. The country’s prominence on the world stage comes at an odd time, when it finds itself surrounded by a widening arc of instability. (suite…)

La Turquie tentée de ménager Daech 13 mars 2015

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Le Figaro (France) no. 21957, vendredi 13 mars 2015, p. 16

Dorothée Schmid

Ankara prend acte de l’existence de Daech plus qu’il ne le combat, argumente la chercheuse à l’Ifri*. (suite…)

Turkey’s New Missiles of October: Defense Modernization or Political Statement? 12 mars 2015

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Policy Brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) March 12, 2015

Ahmet K. Han & Can Kasapoğlu *

Ankara is giving mixed signals regarding the award of an upcoming missile defense system. Will it be awarded to a defense contractor in a NATO ally country, as has traditionally been the case, or will it be awarded to a Chinese company? (suite…)