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OBSERVING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST(13.02.2017)

Observing Human Rights in the Middle East

It becomes evident when traveling in war zones and isolated areas that the most vulnerable in such places are women and young children.In January, on a train bound from Mashhad, Iran, to Tabriz, I met a woman who looked to be in her 30s. Her name was Amir Nedai.Amir and I were sharing a 4-bed passenger cubicle with another couple from Iran; on a ride that would take 24 hours until our destination. Unlike Amir’s short stature, her husband was quite tall. He must not have liked the idea that his wife would be in the same cubicle with a foreign man (he and Amir were placed in different sections), because when he came inside our room, he did not even greet me.It felt ...


REFLECTIONS OF THE CHOI SOON-SIL SCANDAL IN ASIAN COUNTRIES (24.11.2016)

Reflections of the Choi Soon-sil Scandal in Asian Countries

A bizarre scandal about the Korean President Park Geun-hye shakes the South Korean society. Choi Soon-sil, an old friend of the president, allegedly used her connection with Park to extort money from largest corporations as well as abuse of power and corruption activities.President Park Geun-hye apologized recently that she accepts a prosecution investigation into the Choi Soon-sil scandal.Most of the Asian countries are also attentively following the developments and criticizing the situation.The Times of India announced the situation in South Korea by naming the scandal as corruption allegation: “…In Friday’s (November 4th) televised apology, Park commented on the corruption al...


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...


SHIFT OF TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY(26.09.2016)

Shift of Turkish Foreign Policy

The crisis period between Turkey and Russia finally ended. The two sides prepared a long-term normalization process to fulfill a regional partnership and to heal the economic wounds which appeared during the crisis period. A Russian Su-24 all-weather aircraft violated the border of Turkey by at least 2 km and was shot down by two Turkish F-16s on the Turkey-Syria border in November 2015.After several harsh speeches, Russian officials decided to implement sanctions in some specific areas. Several months later, the meeting of Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 9 can be accepted as a turning point for regional politics.After Turkey's successful "A...


THE "NOSTALGIA PHENOMENON" OF TRUMP, MERKEL AND BAGHDADI(16.06.2016)

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As elections draw nearer in the US, a new phenomenon is frequently being used by leaders of the world. This new phenomenon can be conceptualized as “nostalgia." It can be said that this “nostalgia" of the peoples of the world manifest itself as a new phenomenon helping nation states to ‘dream’ after the fall of Communist systems. In this analysis, US presidency candidate Donald Trump's, German chancellor Angela Merkel's and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's "nostalgia" will be examined. The website supporting Donald Trump is using the headline "Great America." Trump uses the website to collect donations and make political propaganda. Trump promises that he will ...


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