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AN INTERVIEW WITH PROF. HÜSAMETTIN ARSLAN ABOUT 15 JULY BY BENGÜL GÜNGÖRMEZ(22.03.2017)

An Interview with Prof. Hüsamettin Arslan About 15 July by Bengül Güngörmez

Bengül Güngörmez: On the night of July 15, 2016 Turkey witnessed outrageous incidents that will haunt people for years to come. A coup with a foreign reach was attempted, planned and conducted by FETÖ militants, and led by Fethullah Gülen. From the government to the opposition people from various segments of the society put up a great fight against the attempt. Some of them made history. We have martyrs and a great number of injured. Kids, women and elders were murdered by militants dressed in soldier uniforms. Our parliament was bombed the first time in its history. In a way, all the dropped bombs were dropped against the democracy. They bombarded our democracy. This cou...


NATIONALISM IN THE SHROUD OF ISLAM: THE CONTRADICTION OF SAUDI ARABIA’S SUNNI AND IRAN’S SHIA ISLAM(6.01.2016)

Nationalism in the Shroud of Islam: The contradiction of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni and Iran’s Shia Islam

Following the declaration of war against terrorism after 9/11 attack in the United States, many democratic and non-democratic states adopted the anti-terror policy to counter and uproot the cancer of terrorism in their countries. From that time, a lot of states and regional powers have used the anti-terrorism rhetoric to advance their national interest including super-powers. Iran and Saudi seeking to dominate in a region of anarchy have adopted the anti- terrorism bait to advance their national interest. And with an existing artificial Shia-Sunni schism, the religious element make both governments task easy to exploit the passion and faith of the masses. This paper argues that t...


IRAN, A POST MORTEM NOTE(19.10.2015)

Iran, a Post Mortem Note

As the last debates in the U.S. Senate fade away and President Rouhani receives a hero’s welcome in the UN, it is worthwhile to note the new alliances the U.S. has formed in the wake of this “New middle East.” Chief amongst them is NIAC, the National Iranian American Council, who played a major role in developing and advocating for the nuclear deal. Iran, according to NIAC, will embark on a new path of moderation, human rights and democracy, worlds away from what is actually taking place in Iran as these deliberations continued. Optimism can be an easy sell – but reality is no less important. In a recent Huffington Post article, NIAC’s president, Dr. ...


TURKEY’S PRECIOUS ABSENCE IN THE REGION(27.06.2015)

Turkey’s precious absence in the region

A number of discussions have taken place on how an influential foreign policy could be implemented in a delicate time period. Turkey’s foreign policy has turned from strategic depth to precious loneliness. Some argue that Turkey remains lonely and alienated because it is addressing human rights violations alone, without the Middle East’s support. This does not attract worldwide support and regional countries face serious instability. This makes the implementation of its policies unlikely to succeed.This term embodies a sign of a new approach for foreign policy-makers. The growing intolerance of any critical approach vis-à-vis the current foreign policy style, does not allow for healt...


WHO WILL TURKEY TALK TO ON THE ARMENIAN ISSUE?(21.04.2015)

Who will Turkey talk to on the Armenian issue?

Turkey, which has been trying to preserve its power in the international arena by relying on the support of its Western allies, is currently suffering from serious backlash. Our politicians, who are unable to realize the growing resentment towards Turkey in the West due to domestic political considerations, continue to make bold and optimistic statements.The Armenian diaspora, launching an effective campaign to push Turkey into a corner, now puts pressure on certain lobbying firms. These firms, which have made a lot of money working for Turkey for many years, are not only subject to strong propaganda; the diaspora also asks the huge firms to impose boycotts on...


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