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WILL AFGHANISTAN BECOME THE NEXT PROXY WAR?(13.03.2017)

Will Afghanistan Become The Next Proxy War?

Asst. Prof. Dr. Yusuf Çınar from the Department of International Relations in Bitlis Eren University interprets what further Russian involvement in Afghanistan of late could mean with regards to regional politics. The materialisation of the September 11 attacks in between the then on-going post-Cold War American global hegemony discussions once again put the spotlight back on Afghanistan. Afghanistan has turned into a matter of "prestige" during the War on Terror initiated by the George W. Bush administration. In other words, the "Enduring Freedom Operation" was the first indication that the USA was becoming a global hegemon. The US’ involvement in Afghanistan was unrivalled and dif...


OBAMA: PROMISES, BROKEN PROMISES AND COMPROMISES IN US FOREIGN POLICY(5.01.2017)

Obama: Promises, Broken Promises and Compromises in US Foreign Policy

United States of America has a new president elect Donald Trump and Barrack H. Obama has a few days to leave the Office. Obama is a high profile democratic president with a Harvard degree and intellectual background in comparison to Trump. When it comes to keeping up with the promises, no intellectual background is a warrant. So happened with Obama in his two terms.One of the promises Obama kept is ending the war in Iraq which his predecessor had started. It was a war going nowhere, economically and politically putting the US into trouble. However US army is not totally out of the region yet. With its highest number of 180.000  in 2008, it has still got 5.300  soldiers ...


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...


NEWT GINGRICH, POSSIBLE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FIGURE, SPEAKS TO IRANIAN DISSIDENTS(20.07.2016)

Newt Gingrich, Possible Trump Administration figure, speaks to Iranian Dissidents

Former Speaker of Newt Gingrich spoke at a rally organized by the National Council of the Iranian Resistance just two weeks before the beginning of the Republican National convention. Newt Gingrich who is on the short-list of candidates to be the 2016 Republican Vice President nominee alongside Donald Trump. Gingrich’s used his remarks to call for a more aggressive U.S policy toward Iran and condemn the policies of the Obama administration.Gingrich began by noting, “We are in the middle of an election campaign in America and the nature of the Iranian dictatorship is a big key issue in that election. I personally am very clear about this, there are no moderates in the dictatorship,...


KARABAKH CONFLICT HARD TO SOLVE WITHOUT REGIONAL HELP(14.10.2015)

Karabakh conflict hard to solve without regional help

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can’t be solved with international organizations’ involvement, as evidenced by the work of OSCE Minsk Group, which has for many years demonstrated its inefficiency, says Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, co-president of the Turkish analytical center, the Strategic Outlook.Oztarsu, who specializes on Caucasus region, told Trend Oct. 14 that the conflict can be solved with participation of the region’s countries, and partially with involvement of the US.“If the US had been active in foreign policy, as it was during George W. Bush’s presidency, there could have been great changes in the Caucasus,” said the expert.He said it would be diff...


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