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Putin and Erdogan: Comrades in ‘Blind Alley’ 4 décembre 2014

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BBC Monitoring Europe (UK) Thursday, December 4, 2014                         Türkçe

by Cengiz Candar, Text of report by Turkish newspaper Radikal website on 3 Dec.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s one-day visit to Ankara was important. It was especially important because it pointed the direction in which Turkey’s « foreign policy deviations » could go under the « Tayyip Erdogan regime » (suite…)

If Rent-Seeking Stopped, Unemployment Will Double 28 novembre 2014

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BBC Monitoring European (UK)  November 26, 2014                                                 Türkçe

Text of report by website of Turkish liberal daily newspaper Taraf on 24 November

Interview with Prof. Ersin Kalaycioglu by Tunca Ogreten. Prof. Ersin Kalaycioglu [of Political Sciences at Sabanci University] said that the government was behaving like a bully of the region in terms of its foreign policy and warned the government. (suite…)

Turkey Hesitates to Revise External Priorities 12 novembre 2014

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 12, 2014

Ilter Turan *

Is Turkey parting ways with its traditional allies? Is it trying to reconstitute former territories of the Ottoman Empire as a Turkish zone of influence? (suite…)

Turkey and the Middle East: multiple challenges, few options 12 novembre 2014

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Today’s Zaman (Turkey) Wednesday, 12 November 2014, p. 10

Faruk Loğoğlu *

Turkey’s neighborhood is in flames, ravaged by civil wars and terrorism and exacerbated by intervention from outside. Presently centered in Syria and Iraq, this conflagration could readily engulf Turkey itself unless the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) opts fo for major policy shifts soon. (suite…)

Turkey-Africa in solidarity and partnership 12 novembre 2014

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Daily Trust (Nigeria) Wednesday, 12 November 2014, p. 31

By Mevlut Çavușoğlu *

On August 19, 2011, under the shining sun of Africa, the plane carrying Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan, his family and a large delegation composed of the different segments of Turkish State and society landed in Mogadishu. (suite…)

Turkish message 11 novembre 2014

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Jerusalem Post (Israel) Tuesday, November 11, 2014, p. 1 & 16                             Türkçe

By Can Kasapoğlu

Three views of Turkey’s role in the Middle East. (suite…)

Turkey’s misguided Syria policy 4 novembre 2014

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Deutsche Welle (Germany) 4 November 2014

Nathalie Tocci *

Turkey should reconsider its muddled policy vis-à-vis Syria, the Kurds and the ‘Islamic State’ writes Nathalie Tocci. Instead of trying to follow conflicting goals, Ankara must do what is in its national interest. (suite…)

Turkish Boots Will Remain on Turkish Ground. Why is Turkey Reluctant to « Do What it Takes » at Kobane? 4 novembre 2014

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GTE Commentary (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 17, November 2014

by Sinan Ekim *

A Kurdish enclave along the Syrian-Turkish border since July 2012, Kobane now stands at the epicentre of the international struggle against the Islamic State (IS). (suite…)

Turkish Clout In Middle East At Low Point 3 novembre 2014

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The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) November 3, 2014, p. 10

By Yaroslav Trofimov, Istanbul

Not so long ago, a confident Turkey behaved as a natural leader of the Middle East, with friendly Islamist regimes mushrooming amid the rubble of the Arab Spring and its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, mobbed by adulating crowds whenever he stepped on Arab soil. (suite…)

Beleaguered at home, now Turks lose friends abroad 12 octobre 2014

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The Observer (UK) Sunday, October 12, 2014, p. 30-31

By Andrew Finkel in Istanbul

The growing crisis in neighbouring Syria has plunged President Erdogan into a fresh crisis, even as his country faces economic slowdown and social divisions. Whatever happened to the ‘New Turkey’? (suite…)

Battle for Kobani: Turkey has good reasons for caution 9 octobre 2014

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The Guardian (UK) 9 October 2014, p. 36

Editorial

The eyes of the world have been focused for the last few days on a little Kurdish town in Syria which few had heard of until a week or so ago. The plight of Kobani, close to the Turkish border, and under siege by Islamic State forces as they try to establish control over ever-larger territory in Syria and Iraq, is being presented as a sort of morality tale. (suite…)

Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East 1 octobre 2014

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Reuters World General News (UK) Wednesday, October 1, 2014

By Jonny Hogg and Nick Tattersall, Ankara/Istanbul

Turkey’s foreign policy has led to isolation. Ankara lost bets on Muslim Brotherhood and Syrian rebels. Blames U.S. and its allies for rise of Islamic State. (suite…)

Turkey’s New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States 26 septembre 2014

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The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) September 2014, 202 pages
US Army War College Press

Richard Weitz *

Until a few years ago, the relationship between Washington and Ankara was perennially troubled and occasionally terrible. Turkey opposed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and complained that the Pentagon was allowing Iraqi Kurds too much autonomy, leading to deteriorating security along the Iraq-Turkish border. (suite…)

Business shifts west as regional crises rage 22 septembre 2014

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Financial Times (UK) Monday, September 22, 2014, p. 1 & 2
FT Special Report ~ Turkey and the World

By Daniel Dombey

Instability in the Middle East and north Africa is hurting trade, says Daniel Dombey. These days Turkey’s -relations with the rest of the world start in places like the Oncupinar border crossing. (suite…)

‘New Turkey’ has to face the regional realities: Turkey’s Islamic identity has resulted in a bold foreign policy 16 septembre 2014

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FIIA Comment (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs) 13/2014, Sept. 2014

Toni Alaranta *

The narrative of true Muslims re-conquering the Turkish state is a crucial component explaining the AKP’s policies and its continuing success. However, the reality of the Middle East doesn’t correspond to Turkey’s vision of itself as a regional leader. (suite…)

Turkey’s new focus on Africa: causes and challenges 7 septembre 2014

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Policy Brief (NOREF) September 2014
The Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre

Daniela Nascimento & Ali Bilgic *

Although Turkey had no past colonial involvement with African countries, there has been an increasing revival of Turkey’s relation with the continent since the end of the 1990s, which reached a peak after 2005. (suite…)

Turkey’s Middle-East Dream Becomes a Nightmare 4 septembre 2014

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The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) September 4, 2014, p. 13

By Soner Cagaptay *

Ankara’s efforts to become a regional power player have backfired. It’s time to renew old partnerships instead. (suite…)

Is Turkey’s long game in Iraq a success? 3 septembre 2014

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Al Jazeera.com (Qatar) 3 September 2014

Şaban Kardaş *

The latest developments in Iraq have proven Turkey’s foreign policy strategy effective. Turkey’s difficult relationship wiath Iraq’s outgoing prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, figured widely in discussions on its Middle East policies. (suite…)

Davutoglu steps to forefront 1 septembre 2014

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The National (UAE) Monday, September 1, 2014, p. 10

Piotr Zalewski

New Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu helps to continue Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vision, Piotr Zalewski reports. (suite…)

Turkey’s Imperial Fantasy 29 août 2014

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International New York Times (USA) Friday, August 29, 2014

By Behlul Ozkan *, Istanbul

In the late 1990s, as Turkey was reeling from various political and economic crises, there was a nationwide debate over European Union membership and whether Turkish accession to the union would solve the country’s problems. (suite…)