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Threading the Needle: Turkey’s East-West Balancing Act

Over the course of the last decade, Turkey has distanced itself from the West, both through its domestic politics and foreign policy. At the same time, however, Turkey has managed to avoid coming into Russia’s orbit, maintaining its essential ties to the West. Under Erdogan, we see an ...

20.04.2022 13:02:51

Peacekeeping in Nagorno-Karabakh: Perceptions and Impacts on Russia’s Bilateral Relations

... the conflict, the deployment of Russian peacekeepers has had international repercussions as well. Herein we see more nuanced differences among the international community on the presence of Russian peacekeeping forces in Karabakh. Moreover, looking at Turkey and the United States, we can identify contradictions in the reactions and stances to the deployment. Looking at Turkey, we can see how Russian forces in Karabakh adds to the regional dynamic of Russo-Turkish cooperation and competition. In this ...

15.03.2022 19:33:55

The East-Med Pipeline and the European-Turkish Relations

... stability; and subsequently provide recommendations for the European Union policy makers to confront these security challenges. Seeing that, this policy brief will construct its analysis and recommendations on the East-Med1 issue, the EU relationship with Turkey, European Union’s provision of natural resources, as well as oversighting the inevitable impacts of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on the analysis.Source: Balkaneu.com Background Based on the data presented by the European Commission, in 2021,...

01.03.2022 14:00:30

New page in Turkey-UAE ties: Why now?

The economy, stability and security issues have spurred the ongoing Turkey-UAE normalization. Source: Daily Sabah Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed’s (MBZ) recent visit to Ankara came after a long period of frozen relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). For years, the two have held different positions ...

26.11.2021 12:39:32

Complex neighborhood relationship of Azerbaijan and Iran

... Karabakh.Source: dailysabah.com However, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev considers the drills illegal and his country has voiced objections to Iran through various channels. He questioned the motive of Iran’s military moves in a recent interview with Turkey's Anadolu Agency (AA). He also criticized them for being held so close to his country’s borders and the fact that they coincide with the commemoration of the first anniversary of the second Karabakh war. “Every country can conduct military ...

05.10.2021 18:45:02

The Abraham Accord, Iran, and The Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf

... 60% enrichment, and its ballistic missile capabilities have become Israel’s and GCC states’ most pressing threats. Be that as it may, United States political intentions in the Middle East vary depending on the administration in the White House. Turkey is collaborating in a strategic alliance with Qatar, and Iran is developing its military capabilities; UAE and Bahrain had no choice but to normalize their relations with Israel to preserve their own national interests and strengthen their security....

06.09.2021 19:11:59

NATO’s Cypriot Trick

... Middle East Headquarters from Aden to Cyprus, while the U.S. was taking over from the UK and France in the Middle East. Although, to some extent under U.S. pressure, Britain was forced to bring Makarios out of exile and begin negotiating with Greece and Turkey to give up its colony, the U.S. opted for a NATO solution. It would not do to have a truly sovereign Cyprus, but only one which accepted the existence of the Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) as part and parcel of any settlement; and so it has remained,...

22.06.2021 18:59:18

Political Strategies in a Multi-Polar World. Where is European Union in All This Story?

... on the international arena because it doesn’t have its own army. So, in terms of security, the EU depends on a relatively complicated relation with NATO, given that there are NATO member states which are not members of the European Union, such as Turkey, and EU states that are not NATO members, such as Finland or Cyprus. Moreover, as a coincidence (in which I don’t believe), the states from the Eastern bloc joined NATO first, joining the EU only after. The European Union must apprehend the security-related ...

24.05.2021 16:00:50

The Turkish Konrul: How Ankara Uses the Turkic Council to Re-Engage in Central Asia

... considerable cultural and military role (e.g., within the Collective Security Treaty Organization) in the region, and the growing economic influence of China. Nevertheless, this apparent bipolar balance is incomplete, as the weight of a third country, Turkey, needs to be taken into consideration when we speak about the future of Central Asia.Source: Wikipedia Although Ankara is not in close geographical proximity to the region or has no nuclear arsenal, and therefore cannot be considered a superpower ...

21.05.2021 18:36:04

Three Ways Working With Russia Can Make the Middle East Safer

... an array of reasons to cooperate. The stakes here are high, because if Russia and the US opt not to work together, and the ticking time bomb that is the modern Middle East explodes, then the shockwave will undoubtedly be felt across the entire world. Turkey One of the main strategic threats that the US and Russia can cooperate to counter is the destabilising and increasingly assertive Turkey. Turkey has been a rogue player in the region for years. On the one hand, it is a fully-fledged NATO member ...

01.02.2021 16:34:18

Talking Turkey With Greece: Turkey and Israel’s Marriage of Convenience

... military, overt and covert. Links between the countries’ external security services, Boss and Mossad, were close. Both countries ignored numerous UN resolutions. The most recent example of the scorned seeking the scorned is, or course, that of Israel and Turkey, who revived a military co-operation agreement in 1996, that goes back to the late Fifties. Again, both states are hardly a paragon of international virtue, supported only consistently by the USA and its strategic acolyte, Britain, but also by ...

21.01.2021 12:34:42

Erdogan punches above his weight

... interest rate, doubled gold reserves and began to sell collaterals. Despite Erdogan’s monetary measures, Turkish quarterly Nominal GDP signifies price increase and inflation escalation. One has better find the root cause for the economic stagnation in Turkey, in precise sluggish economic developments have not been effected due to fiscal policy, rather Erdogan’s politically motivated foreign and interior ambitious policies. Erdogan’s imperialistic political ideology to ottomanize the world has had ...

13.01.2021 16:09:25

Greek Auditory Illusions in the Greek-American-Turkish-Russian Labyrinth

... position on Graeco-Turkish relations. Suddenly the cheerful and polite speaker turned sour and morose, banging on the table with his palm and asking the audience to get it into their heads that America will never disappoint ‘strategic military ally’ Turkey just to please the Greeks. This episode strikingly describes the reality of Graeco-American relations. When it comes to American support for the Greeks, it boils down to empty words and no deeds. American policy favours Turkey and will continue ...

06.11.2020 20:01:58

War in the Caucasus. Neo-Ottoman Empire, Eurasia, Asian NATO and Kavzak 2020

Erdogan is igniting new conflicts an wars in his pursuit for a Neo-Ottoman Empire. This time in the Caucasus. While Turkey held several joint maneuvres with Azerbaijan and there were talks about a Turkish military base in Azerbaijan, we now face a war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Erdogan wants to send 4000 Turkish fighters from Syria in support of Azerbaijan. Here ...

12.10.2020 12:13:48

Britain, Greece, Turkey and The Aegean: Does Anything Change?

Since at least 1955, the Aegean Sea has long been an area of contention between local powers Greece and Turkey on the one hand, and the US-UK-Israeli strategic axis on the other, with the Soviet Union and then Russia defending its interests when necessary, since the Aegean cannot be separated from the Eastern Mediterranean as a strategic whole, nor from ...

08.09.2020 16:06:21

Will Turkey establish a military base in Azerbaijan?

... the South Caucasus. The discussion of the Turkish military presence in Azerbaijan is always linked to the coldness or warmth of relations between Moscow and Ankara, especially when the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict flares up.Source: AA Photo Russia is Turkey's biggest competitor in the region. If we take into account Turkey’s membership in NATO, the establishment of a Turkish military base in Azerbaijan to ensure military and political balance would create a counterweight to the Russian military ...

21.08.2020 19:25:41

Egypt Between all Fronts: Covid, MB, IS, the Neo Ottoman Empire, GERD and Israel

... don´t need Facebook, but guns“. In reality you need both, but without organization and power you will loose and that´s what happened to the young rebels. They were rebels, but not revolutionaries. However, Mursi with the support of Katar and Erdogan-Turkey which saw the rise oft he Muslimbrothers as chance for the revival of the old Ottoman Empire in the Greater Middle East very quickly tried to establish a Islamist dictatorship and the military under General Al-Sissi intervened, toppled Mursi and ...

08.08.2020 21:16:43

Would S-400 Deployment in Libya be Acceptable for Russia and US?

... bilateral issues. This amiable relationship has also benefited both sides when interests cross. Meanwhile, according to reports in the international media, the U.S. is seeking, through a draft defense budget in 2021, to purchase Russian S-400 missiles from Turkey. Moscow responded to these reports via Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation spokesperson Maria Vorobyova, who said: "The buyers of our arms, before exporting them, must provide the Russian side the end-user certificate. Therefore,...

09.07.2020 23:11:51

Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman Empire in the making-what does the West want?

... Western states think Pakistan could help to find peace in Afghanistan and influence the outcome of a postwar order through Pakistan´s alleged influence on the Taliban. Interesting article in this context: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200131-turkey-pakistan-plan-landmark-deal-for-dual-nationality/ Erdogan is now approaching Pakistan. Dual citizenship, military cooperation and the supply of attack helicopters are being discussed. I am currently working on CENTO, the Middle East NATO that ...

15.06.2020 14:07:27


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