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Turkey’s illiberal turn 16 juillet 2014

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Policy Brief (The European Council on Foreign Relations) ECFR/108, July 2014, 8 p.

by Dimitar Bechev *

Turkey is sliding back on its democratisation path. During the conservative Justice and Development Party’s third term in power, majoritarianism has triumphed over a drive to broaden pluralism and entrench the rule of law. (suite…)

Dances with the Bear: Turkey and Russia After Crimea 9 juillet 2014

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GTE Working Paper (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 8, July 2014, 9 p.

by Adam Balcer *

The Turkish-Russian relationship is a complex set of economic, identity and geopolitical factors, and the recent increase in bilateral contacts has substantially decreased the possibility of open confrontation between Ankara and Moscow. However, this relationship cannot be called a strategic partnership, at least not in its present form. (suite…)

Turkey turns inwards as war spreads from Syria to Iraq 4 juillet 2014

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Reuters World General News (UK) Friday, July 4, 2014

By Jonny Hogg, Ankara

Turkish PM Erdogan virtually silent over Iraq. Analysts say Ankara wary after Syria travails. Government says Iraq warnings weren’t heeded. Kurds eyeing independence could benefit. (suite…)

Renewed Israeli-Turkish ties in the new Middle East: American retreat offers Israel fresh choices 27 mai 2014

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Jerusalem Post (Israel) Sunday, May 26, 2014, p. 13

By Neill Lochery *

The rapprochement between Israel and Turkey will soon be formalized with an announcement of a $20 million compensation package for the families of the nine Turks who died aboard the Mavi Marmara during an Israeli commando raid to prevent the ship from breaching Israel’s blockade of Gaza. (suite…)

Stifling the Media: Barriers to Press Freedom 20 mai 2014

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Chatham House (UK) 20 May 2014

Transcript – Yavuz Baydar, James Deane, Kirsty Hughes, John Lloyd

This is a transcript of a panel discussion on some of the key challenges facing freedom of the press around the world. Among other issues, the discussants address 1) the decline in media freedom in Turkey since the Gezi Park protests in 2013 (suite…)

‘Turkey waiting for Russia, West on Ukraine problem’ 12 mai 2014

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Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) May 12, 2014, p. 4

Barçın Yinanç, Istanbul

Turkey’s stance on the Ukraine crisis is based on Realpolitik, says an international studies expert, adding that there is a struggle between Russia as a regional power and the West. ‘Turkey has been good at keeping a low profile and letting Russia work out its differences with the West,’ says Professor Gülnur Aybet. (suite…)

Turkey: Between east and west 10 mai 2014

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Kingston Whig-Standard (Canada) May 10, 2014, p. A6

Louis A. Delvoie *

Circus performers are often seen riding two horses simultaneously, with one foot on the back of each horse. This is a neat trick requiring considerable training. It is also a feat full of potential danger. If the trajectory of the horses should diverge, the rider would at the very least suffer severe groin pains. (suite…)

Helpless and lonely: Turkey’s attitude towards the war in Syria 9 mai 2014

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OSW Commentary (Centre for Eastern Studies) No. 136, 9 May 2014

Szymon Ananicz *

The conflict in Syria, which has lasted since 2011, has become the most significant test of the efficiency of Turkey’s foreign policy and the biggest challenge to Turkey’s security in recent decades. The lack of a clear prospect of an end to the war does not allow us to come to a final conclusion regarding the Syrian civil war’s importance for Turkey. (suite…)

Turkey and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Motives and Consequences 23 avril 2014

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Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 16, No. 08, 23 April 2014, pages 11-14
Bi-Weekly Briefing ~ Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program

By Stephen Blank *

At a recent meeting with Russian President Putin, Prime Minister Erdogan appealed to Putin to include Turkey in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and spare it the troubles of negotiating about EU accession. (suite…)

‘Disengagement from West weakens Turkey in Mideast’ 1 avril 2014

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Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) April 1, 2014, p. 4

Barçın Yinanç, Istanbul

The Turkish government’s excessive confidence led to misguided and aggressive foreign policy pursuits, according to Professor Ahmet Evin. The pursuit of a completely independent foreign policy is not only not in Turkey’s interests, but also contributes to instability in the already volatile Middle East, he says. (suite…)

The Ottoman Revival Is Over 31 mars 2014

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International New York Times (USA) Monday, March 31, 2014, p. 9

By Elmira Bayrasli *

New York — For Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s embattled prime minister, a win in Sunday’s local elections will be a Pyrrhic victory. While his Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P., will likely retain a majority of municipalities, Turkey as a whole, particularly as an international player, has lost. (suite…)

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges 3 mars 2014

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BILGESAM Analysis, n° 1119, 3 March 2014
Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies (BILGESAM)

by Tarık Oğuzlu *

As the dynamics of international and regional politics have been changing dramatically over the last couple of years, Turkish foreign policy will face important challenges in the years to come. (suite…)

Signs of a Thaw in the Eastern Med 25 février 2014

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The Wall Street Journal Europe (USA) Febraury 25, 2014, p. 13

By Sohrab Ahmari *

A spate of new developments suggests that Turkey and Israel are repairing their strained ties. But how far will this rapprochement go? And what does Ankara’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked government seek? (suite…)

Turkey and Germany: Forging the next phase of strategic dialogue 3 février 2014

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Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) February 3, 2014, p. 7

Bülent Aras *

The burden of the future design of EU foreign policy seems to be shifting to Germany’s shoulders – whether it likes it or not. Germany’s foreign and security policies, its assets and capability to pursue these policies are likely to be more visible on the international stage at the eve of general reluctance to become involved in external issues in the EU. (suite…)

The Outlook for EU-Turkey Relations 24 janvier 2014

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Turkey Policy Brief Series (IPLITEPAV) 12th edition, 2014, 9 p.        Français

by Nilgün Arısan Eralp *

In this brief the author assesses the current state of Turkey – EU relations fifty years after the signing of the Ankara agreement of 1963 which established the legal basis for Turkey’s relations with the EU. (suite…)

Apocalyptic Death of Turkish Foreign Policy in 2013? 16 janvier 2014

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, January 16, 2014

Saban Kardas *

For most pundits, 2013 was a bad year, if not a disaster, for Turkish foreign policy. But such apocalyptic judgments hardly substitute for the sound analysis that is needed for an accurate assessment. (suite…)

Roundup: Turkey, Iran gear up to boost bilateral ties 5 janvier 2014

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Xinhua – News Agency (China)

Sunday, January 5, 2014, Ankara

The exchange of high level visits between Turkey and Iran is expected to give further momentum on improving bilateral ties, with new joint-cabinet meeting being considered. (suite…)

Erdogan’s woes snarl Turkey’s Syria policy 28 décembre 2013

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The Daily Star (Lebanon) December 28, 2013, p. 10

By Lauren Williams

A corruption scandal in Turkey may see embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad outlast his Turkish adversary Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the latest sign Turkish foreign policy on Syria is undergoing a major recalibration, analysts say. (suite…)

An imperfect model 26 décembre 2013

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The Indian Express, December 26, 2013, p. 11

Kemal Kirisci *

A high-profile corruption scandal has aggravated the growing instability in Turkey. (suite…)

Central Asia’s Place in Turkey’s Foreign Policy 25 décembre 2013

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Analysis (ISPI) No. 225, December 2013
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI)

Carlo Frappi *

Ankara’s Central Asian policy offers a privileged perspective for analyzing the evolution of Turkey’s post-bipolar foreign policy. A key element for Turkey’s attempt to re-launch the country’s value and significance for Euro-Atlantic interlocutors after the Cold War, Central Asia progressively lost its centrality in Ankara’s foreign policy (suite…)