International Relations

Once again, it’s ‘directionless’ Turkey

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews
Turks can be fun when they collectively express their foreign policy perceptions, perspectives and passions. The findings of research in this field often produce the typology of the teenage-minded big angry Turk who has not yet finished half his soul searching: Who am I? Who are my friends? And my enemies? Which people pose a threat to me? Who can I evolve better with and advance my personal interests? These – and more – can be annoying questions for a passionate teenager whose most recent life is hardly a success story.

US Exceptionalism Has No Place in a Multipolar World

US-RussiaFlyby, photo credit: US Navy

Geopolitical Monitor, Robert Shines
With the end of the Cold War twenty-five years ago, many in the U.S have taken the country’s continued global hegemony for granted. However, this state of affairs is increasingly being challenged by both Russia and China, exemplified by their aerial flybys and interceptions of the US military within their respective regions.

Time for India to Stretch its Wings

aid beyond india

Project Syndicate, Mujobu Moyo
WASHINGTON, DC – Imagine you are a parent with a large number of children and limited resources. Your oldest child is mature enough to move out of your home, but he does not want to. So he stays, consuming resources that his siblings desperately need. Is it right to allow your other children to suffer because their big brother is reluctant to strike out on his own?

Erdoğan’s game plan

MURAT YETKİN, hurriyetdailynews
In the opening session of the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit, which started in Istanbul on May 23, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan strongly criticized the U.N.’s inability to take and execute decisive moves to address man-made crises, giving the example of the Syria civil war.

Beware What You Wish For: Russia Is Ready For War


By Pepe Escobar

 "Information Clearing House" - "RT" - So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new member.

Bad and not-so-bad executions

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews
Under the management of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) foreign policy, it has been a real challenge to keep a count of the flight itineraries of Turkish ambassadors in foreign capitals. Those who are recalled, resent, then recalled again, then resent or not… But all such punishing diplomatic moves have one thing in common: The extra flight costs have not changed the course of events that Turkey has protested about in the countries where Turkish ambassadors have been on the move.

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