May 23, 2017

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Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Turkey’s Dangerous Referendum

Erdogan has not lost an election since 1994. (Photo by PASOK, CC license)

Turkey's leader will apparently stop at nothing to centralize power — and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate. Read More »

Fethullah Gülen: Public Intellectual or Public Enemy?

Fethullah Gulen. (Photo via video stream)

It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader. Read More »

Will Pakistanis Resist a Coup the Turkish Way?

Turkish community demonstrating in London following a failed coup in Turkey. (Photo by Gordon, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan’s ruling elite fantasizes that Pakistani public, like in Turkey, will flood the streets in case of a military coup. But can the political realities of the two countries be really compared? Read More »

Terrorism in Nice and France’s Troubled Colonial Legacy

A view of a vigil for the victims of Nice terrorism attack in Nice. (Photo via video stream)

Nice is an elegant and striking city, set against the azure Mediterranean. But there is history and politics behind the waving palms. Read More »

Thinking Outside the European Box

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For better or worse, the refugee crisis underscores that Turkey is part of Europe. Pretending otherwise could have disastrous consequences. Read More »

View from Turkey: A Sunni-Shia War?

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Even if a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is prevented, proxy wars between these two countries will most probably increase in number in the coming years. One analyst advises Turkey to stay away from these tensions. Read More »

ISIS, Turkey and Oil – The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

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Turkey's game of playing all sides in the balance of power game is difficult to sustain. The downing by Turkey of a Russian jet conducting air strikes over northern Syria is just the first move in the new phase of this game, and analysts should probably start looking at ISIS oil sales to Turkey in their examinations of why Turkey downed a Russian jet at a time when the Russians were specifically targeting ISIS-controlled oil facilities and tankers. Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan Gets His Majority — at a Terrible Price

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To reverse his fortune at the polls, Erdogan reignited Turkey’s war with the Kurds, stood silent while mobs attacked his opponents, and unilaterally altered the constitutional role of his office. Read More »

Pakistanization of Turkey

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It will be interesting tosee if the Syrian crisis affects Turkey the way the Afghan crisis impacted Pakistan. Read More »