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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...


TURKISH CHOICE BETWEEN SHANGHAI, EU(19.12.2016)

Turkish choice between Shanghai, EU

Turkey, located between Europe and Asia, faces several conflicts due to recent political tension. Its geographical location provides significant opportunities as well as vital threats. The current Turkish government is trying to eliminate dangers and puts forth great efforts to create sustainable security in the region. But it seems that neither the European Union nor the U.S. is interested in Turkey's efforts which are still hosting up to 3 million Syrian migrants.Today Turkish officials are discussing plans for what will come after its normalization process with Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned the willingness of Turkey to be part of the Shanghai Coopera...


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...


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, ...


TURKEY-IRAN RELATIONS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF JULY 15(19.10.2016)

Turkey-Iran Relations From the Perspective of July 15

In line with their geopolitical locations, historical backgrounds and strategic aims, Iran and Turkey have been two historically important countries in the region as two neighbour countries with different systems of government. These two medium-sized countries with a legacy of imperialism have become targets for countries outside of the region due their capability to influence regional developments. In these days where we experience change of borders and regimes in the Middle East, especially with regards to the issues of regional stability and security affairs, Iran and Turkey have been forced into cooperation despite the regional rivalry between the two countries. In this w...


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