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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 ...


SYRIAN CIVIL WAR (2011-2015): LOCAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN FIGHTING PARTIES AND REFLECTIONS OF NATIONAL PEACE(5.10.2016)

Syrian Civil War (2011-2015): Local Agreements Between Fighting Parties and Reflections of National Peace

According to various sources, Syria has become a deadlock country of pain and tears, where at least 500.000 people have lost their lives, tens of thousands of people have been injured, and 6.5 billion of its people have become refugees with reference to the UN data. In 2011, when Arab Spring spread in waves from North Africa to the Middle East, Syria experienced counter-demonstrations and movements, especially against the state of emergency that the government declared in Daara between the 18th and 25th of March, which was met with the violent response of regime soldiers. Mass arrests, torturing, serious human rights violations and death have pulled th...


HUMANITARIAN DIPLOMACY IN SYRIA(18.08.2016)

Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria

Omar Abdul Aziz Hospital in Aleppo was the latest one to be greeted by a Syrian bomb in July of this year, courtesy of the Syrian air force and its Russian training and supplies. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said those killed “included six children and eight women” in two government-controlled neighborhoods. He said dozens of people were also wounded.Just last April in nearby Zabbadani, the last remaining doctor, Mohammed Khous, was killed by a sniper as he left the hospital following an operation.Doctors and medical supplies are hardly available to assist those injured in the midst of a ruthless Syrian tragedy that has taken ove...


VEFA FEREÇ’S INTERVIEW WITH YUSUF ÇıNAR ON TURKEY’S LETTER OF APOLOGY TO RUSSIA(23.07.2016)

Vefa Fereç’s Interview with Yusuf Çınar on Turkey’s Letter of Apology to Russia

1.Do you think that Erdoğan’s apology is expressed as shown above, or is that a step taken to face the public’s reaction?With this letter, Turkey has taken an important step to end the tension, and expressed the sadness which resulted from the shooting of the plane. In my opinion, it is normal that Russia has made a statement that Turkey has apologized in order to relieve the public opinion. On the other hand, Turkey tells its people that it has not apologized, but expressed sadness. Both Russia and Turkey are big states; in this process, they can tell “white lies” in order not to disregard the sensitivities of their domestic public sphere and to convince them. Th...


THE SECURITY AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES THAT TURKEY FACES(1.07.2016)

The Security and Political Challenges that Turkey Faces

The attack on Istanbul international airport, the fourth terrorist attack on Istanbul this year and second in June, sends a clear challenge that the Turkish authorities cannot afford to ignore. I want to list a few security policy and public policy related issues that are critical for Turkey:1.ISIS has now made Turkey its target. Turkey is the easiest target they can attack to make an immediate global media impact. 2.It is clear that Turkish security is unable to meet their challenge. ISIS and PKK are able to attack frequently and at high value targets. 3.The most worrying aspect is the ease with which foreign fighters for ISIS, the attackers were from the former Soviet...


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