Erdogan's SCO motivations unclear as it has little to offer Turkey

Sevgi Akarcesme

While experts have failed to come up with a reasonable explanation for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's desire for Turkey to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the six-member dialogue platform has very little, if any, political or economic benefit to offer Turkey.

Ukraine Rejects Europe: A Blessing in Disguise?

E. Wayne Merry, The National Interest

The failure of Ukraine to sign an association agreement with the European Union has provoked gloom and outrage on both sides of the Atlantic. Are these reactions justified?

Turkey rebuilds ties to Russia on regional issues

Semih Idiz

Turkey and Russia have had their political differences in the past. This has been most apparent over Syria where the two countries have backed opposing factions in the country’s civil war. Ankara and Moscow have even gone so far as to accuse each other — albeit diplomatically — of prolonging the suffering in Syria.

Tymoshenko Stays: Ukraine Halts Plan to Sign EU Trade Deal‏

kla -- with wires

Kiev has put a stop to negotiations on signing a landmark trade pact with the EU. The announcement came hours after the country's parliament rejected the release of imprisoned Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko so she can receive medical treatment abroad.


East Asia's future maritime highway‏

By Mohd Hazmi Mohd Rusli and Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat
The Eurasian continental landmass sprawls from Europe in the west to Asia in the east. For centuries, trade has flowed by land and sea from Europe to India and the East Asian nations. After the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, ships from Europe travelled to the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal and linked with the East Asian ports via the Strait of Malacca and Singapore as well as through the Indonesian archipelagic straits.

Turkey, Russia to focus on business, discuss Syrian during Erdogan's visit

Sinem Cengiz

Ankara and Moscow -- two countries that have adopted opposing stances over the Syrian crisis -- will focus on improving their multifaceted bilateral ties, particularly in business, during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Moscow next week, while trying to sort out their differences on Syria, experts say.

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