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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...


THREATS OF USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAN CREATE PROBLEMS FOR ARMENIA ITSELF(3.05.2016)

Threats of using nuclear weapons can create problems for Armenia itself

Armenia's threats of using nuclear weapons can create legal and political problems only for the country itself, said Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, vice chairman of the Turkish analytical center Strategic Outlook."This threat is excessive," Oztarsu, who is also an expert on the South Caucasus, told Trend April 29. "If Armenia has nuclear weapons, the international organizations must deal with this issue to clarify the period of obtaining nuclear weapons, the way of weapon production and who helped the country."The expert added that if Armenia means the outdated Metsamor nuclear power plant, so much the worse for the country itself.Oztarsu stressed that it seems tha...


AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA CONFLICT AND THE RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND RUSSIA(24.04.2016)

Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict and The Relations Between Turkey and Russia

Can you to evaluate the conflicts which will go down in history as the 5-day war? Can you also share your thoughts regarding the five day silence of Russia? What will you say regarding Turkey's support, and the interpretation of it by other countries as ‘Turkey pushing Azerbaijan into war’?Right after Russia State Department spokesperson Maria Zaharova stated that the crisis between Russia and Turkey is brief, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu stated that tensions between two countries are temporary. There was an expectation regarding the moderation of Turkey-Russia relations after these two statements. The re-emergence of Azerbaijan-Armenia tensions have lessened this moderation po...


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN NAGORNO KARABAKH?(7.04.2016)

What Really Happened in Nagorno Karabakh?

The Nagorno Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia started in 1988 with the territorial claims of Armenians over the land of Azerbaijan. Until the year of 1994 when ceasefire treaty was signed, Armenian troops occupied 20% of Azerbaijani territories including Nagorno Karabakh region and seven more districts.On April 2, one of the bloodiest clashes began on the contact line of Nagorno Karabakh. 12 Azerbaijani soldiers were killed but there is no specific and reliable source for common deaths and injures. According to Armenian officials, Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire regime one day before and Azerbaijani officials claim that Armenians  attacked  military veh...


STRATEGIC TALKS BETWEEN AZERBAIJAN AND IRAN(10.03.2016)

Strategic Talks Between Azerbaijan and Iran

During the recent visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Iran, was signed an agreement between Azerbaijan and Iran on joint use of water resources of Aras and continuation of the construction and operation of hydroelectric power stations and waterworks «Khudaferin» and «Giz Galasi».Commenting on the agreement, the Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev noted that, «this agreement will provide access to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and will enable to carry out economic activity on them”.We asked Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, the vice-president of the Turkish Strategic Outlook analytical center, to comment on this agreement.-What do you think, how...


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