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The unhelpful ally 28 février 2013

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International Herald Tribune (USA) Thursday, February 28, 2013, p. 6

Halil M. Karaveli *

America’s stated goal is to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria. The United States also insists that any solution to the Syrian crisis should guarantee religious and ethnic pluralism. (suite…)

Turkey can be game-maker in Iraq’s north, eastern Med 26 février 2013

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Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey) February 25, 2013, p. 6

Barçın Yinanç

Iraq’s north and the eastern Mediterranean are the two regions where Turkey can be a game-changer in the world’s energy outlook, a prominent expert says. ‘Turkey can contribute to the rewriting of the rules of the game,’ says Mehmet Ögütçü, noting that it will otherwise be playing a game written by others (suite…)

Int’l Jazz Day to celebrate Turkish jazz link 18 février 2013

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Associated Press (USA) Monday, February 18, 2013

By Charles J. Gans

Pianist Herbie Hancock will celebrate the special connection between Turkey and jazz music forged decades ago when the Turkish ambassador opened his residence to white and black musicians at a time when segregation held sway in the U.S. capital. (suite…)

Re-Betting on Turkey 8 février 2013

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Memorandum (The Brookings Institution) February 8, 2013

By Kemal Kirişci *

During his second term, President Obama has the opportunity to re-invested in the U.S.-Turkish relationship, focusing on a long-time U.S. ally. Kemal Kirişci wrote this memorandum to President Obama as part of Big Bets and Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book. (suite…)

US-Turkey Relations in The AK Party Decade 1 février 2013

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SETA Policy Brief, No. 62, January, 2013, 13 p.

Kadir Üstün & Kılıç Buğra Kanat *

Turkey’s relations with the United States over the last decade witnessed wild swings and shifts. Turkey’s past decade under the AK Party coincided with the US invasion of Iraq, the financial meltdown in the US (which transformed into a global economic crisis) as well as a relative decline of the US stature in the world. (suite…)

Iran and the US Need a Middleman ­— or Two 29 janvier 2013

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Christian Science Monitor (USA) January 29, 2013

Mahsa Rouhi *

As Iran and the US prepare for negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, both sides should consider turning to middlemen. Turkey and Japan are perfectly positioned as trusted intermediaries to build a proposal that has a better chance at success than anything by the ‘P5+1.’ (suite…)

Natural gas as the game-changer: implications for, and actions from, Turkey 25 janvier 2013

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Today’s Zaman (Turkey) 24 January 2013, p. 14

by Mehmet Öğütçü *

Over the past 20 years we have gone through a series of fundamental “game-changing” developments in almost every domain of our lives, be it in economy, geopolitics, security, technology or values. (suite…)

The Armenian-Iran Relationship 17 janvier 2013

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European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (ESISC) 17 Jan 2013, 65 p.

Edited by Claude Moniquet and William Racimora *

For more than 20 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has appeared as the main and most reliable ally of the republic of Armenia. (suite…)

Turkish-U.S. Relations: The Way Forward 15 janvier 2013

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, January 15, 2013, 4 p.

Bülent Aras *

Turkish-U.S. relations are treated with care in Washington and Ankara, and both consider this relationship complementary on a wide range of issues. (suite…)

The New Turkey and U.S. Policy 13 janvier 2013

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Strategic Reports 11 (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Jan 2013

Soner Cagaptay *

As Turkey moves toward municipal, presidential, and parliamentary elections over the next three years, all signs point to the ruling Justice and Development Party retaining power for another decade and continuing its effort to mold the country in its Islamist image. (suite…)

Turkey-Iraq Relations: From Close Partners to Adversaries 7 janvier 2013

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, January 07, 2013, 4 p.

Mehmet Yegin & Hasan Selim Ozertem *

Baghdad and Ankara have recently drifted apart due to domestic dynamics in Iraq and changing regional parameters. In domestic terms, the U.S. withdrawal ended the Shia and Kurdish alliance and revealed the tensions that were postponed by the U.S. policies. (suite…)

Kutlug Ataman: ‘Mesopotamian Dramaturgies’ 14 décembre 2012

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The New York Times (USA) Friday, December 14, 2012, p. C 29
Movies, Performing Arts/Weekend, Art in Review

By Karen Rosenberg

In his first show with the gallery Sperone Westwater, the filmmaker Kutlug Ataman ruminates on the cultural and geopolitical forces transforming his home country, Turkey. (suite…)

Assertive Turkey key to U.S. in shifting Middle East 12 décembre 2012

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Reuters (UK) Wednesday, December 12, 2012

by Nick Tattersall and Peter Apps (Washington/Istanbul)

With its caustic rhetoric on Israel and its gold-for-gas trade with Iran, Turkey is not the deferential U.S. ally it once was as it carves out a growing role in the fast-changing politics of the Middle East. (suite…)

Global Swing States: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, and the Future of International Order 27 novembre 2012

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 27, 2012, 47 p.

Daniel M. Kliman & Richard Fontaine *

The rise of four powerful democracies – Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey – presents one of the most significant opportunities for U.S. foreign policy in the early 21st century. (suite…)

U.S. caught in the middle 20 novembre 2012

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The Washington Post (USA) November 20, 2012, p. A1

Anne Gearan

The conflict has created a wedge in relations with Turkey and Egypt, threatening White House goals. (suite…)

Turkey, Syrian Opposition, and the United States: An Unlikely Trio? 19 novembre 2012

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German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 19, 2012, 4 p.

Şaban Kardaş *

Syrian anti-government groups reached a U.S.-backed deal in Doha. An interesting catalyst in the process leading to Doha agreement was U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks in late October (suite…)

U.S.-Turkish Relations 13 novembre 2012

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Report (CSIS) Nov 13, 2012, 20 p.
Center for Strategic and International Studies

By Bülent Aliriza & Bülent Aras

As the United States and Turkey enter the third decade following the end of the Cold War, they are enjoying a new era in their long partnership. Their cooperation has recently been enhanced by overlapping perspectives on the unprecedented transformation sweeping the Middle East as well as in a number of other regional and functional areas. (suite…)

Turkey’s Changing Relations with Iraq: Kurdistan Up, Baghdad Down 25 octobre 2012

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Policy Focus (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) No. 122, Oct 2012

Soner Cagaptay and Tyler Evans *

Turkey’s ties with the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq have reached a level unimaginable a few years ago. From rapidly growing business and oil deals to numerous high-level diplomatic visits, Ankara is in the midst of an unprecedented rapprochement with the Iraqi Kurds, one that has come largely at the expense of the Maliki government in Baghdad. (suite…)

Turkey Disappointed With Obama’s Syria Policy 23 octobre 2012

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U.S. News & World Report, October 23, 2012

Jorge Benitez *

When Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Barack Obama in March, he described him as « my dear friend Barack, » and stated that he was « very pleased to see that our views in general very much overlap on » Syria. (suite…)

A diplomatic catastrophe 22 octobre 2012

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The Guardian (UK) Monday, October 22, 2012, p. 24

Peter Hain *

The only way forward for Syria is to broker a political settlement, in consultation with Russia and Iran. If Russia and Iran have been culpable, there has been a catastrophic failure of diplomacy by the west and its allies. (suite…)