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LOFTY AMBITIONS CONFRONT REALITY IN TURKISH STREAM PIPELINE(7.11.2016)

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe.Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the Middle East to Europe. Those ambitions, however, may be tempered by reality as experts cast doubt on the project amid fears that it could change the balance of power in Europe’s energy trade.Big ambitionsTurkey and Russia began negotiations in 2009, four years after the completion of the Blue Stream gas pipeline. As envisioned, Turkish Stream will consist of two separate p...


AFGHANISTAN FUTURE IN WORLD POLITICS: THE PRESTIGE WAR(27.10.2016)

Afghanistan Future in World Politics: The Prestige War

Afghanistan was one of the places where Russia and the United Kingdom clashed during the 19th century. This geopolitical rivalry went down in history as "The Great Game." The United Kingdom aimed to keep away Russian influence from its Indian colony by capturing Afghanistan. The Great Game resulted with Afghanistan staying as a buffer state. The United Kingdom protected India from the Russian threat by reinforcing its dominance in Afghanistan. The Cold War era has once again rewritten the fate of Afghanistan. It can be hard to explain Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan solely by geopolitical interests. In this regard, the incident is important because it was the last case of th...


TURKISH STREAM CONSTRUCTION IN EUROPE DEPENDS ON EU POLICY(22.10.2016)

Turkish Stream Construction in Europe Depends on EU Policy

Construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline in the European territory depends on political choice of the EU, Yusuf Cinar, president of the Turkish international research center Strategic Outlook, told Trend Oct. 19.Cinar said that Europe needs continuous supply of energy and doesn’t want any delays in deliveries.“After the crisis in Ukraine it turned out that a political decision can affect the EU's energy policy,” he said. “Europe wanted the supply of Russian gas through Ukraine to continue, and as a result bureaucratic barriers to the South Stream project emerged.”The expert believes that the EU is not really willing to implement the Turkish Stream project, ...


TURKISH STREAM HAS IMPORTANT POLITICAL RESULTS(13.10.2016)

Turkish Stream Has Important Political Results

The meeting of Erdogan and Putin is multidimensional and has different results. The important items of the agenda are Turkish Stream, Akkuyu, visa requirements for Turkish citizens, and Syria. Turkish Stream Natural Gas Pipeline Project was signed during the meeting of Erdogan and Putin, and this was the main important development of the meeting. We can see the result of energy title immediately. Russia takes important steps on energy with Turkey, and this situation can create a new breath on the competition that exist on the energy in the region, because, the energy cooperation between Turkey and Russia cannot be limited only in the Black Sea region. The cooperat...


TURKEY OPERATION EUPHRATES SHIELDL IN THE CASE OF NIXONIFIED US FOREIGN POLICY: RISKS AND THREATS(21.09.2016)

Turkey Operation Euphrates Shieldl in the Case of Nixonified US Foreign Policy: Risks and Threats

With the failed coup attempt in July, the future of US-Turkey relations once again came into question. Especially the US’ sidestepping of the extradition of the head terrorist Fethullah Gülen, regressed US-Turkey relations. Indeed, Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield started at a late hour and while the US Vice President Joe Biden was enroute on a plane for his visit to Turkey. This work argues that Obama's foreign policy has similarities to that of Richard Nixon's, discussing the risks and threats Turkey may face in the context of her Operation Euphrates Shield under such circumstances. As Kirby emphasizes, in previous periods the Anglo-Prussian alliance...


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