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On its Deathbed — Media Freedom in Turkey

Freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by a despotic government. Indeed media freedom levels are a good test of the democratic health of a nation.   Turkey is in very poor health, with the government continuing to muzzle free media. The latest effort is related to the Internet. …

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How Turkey’s Conservatives Failed

The political war going on in Turkey these days is full of incredible details and drama. However, it only underlines a simple truth: Turkey’s religious conservatives, whether they are in the ranks of the government or the judiciary, have failed to realize their promise of turning Turkey into an “advanced” democracy. At the end of a decade in power, they, …

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2013: A Tough Year for Turkish Foreign Policy

This has been an extremely challenging year for Turkish foreign policy decision-makers. On many fronts, Turkish foreign policy went through difficult times. One of the primary markers of 2013 was that it confirmed the end of a relatively successful era from 2003 to 2010. The first seven years of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) foreign policy were marked …

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The New Threat to Turkey’s Security

Turkey lives in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the world. As such it has always has special security needs. Ankara’s regional foreign policy was traditionally based on treading cautiously and engaging in balancing acts in order to accommodate this delicate geopolitical situation. The overriding aim was always to ensure that one did not import the seemingly interminable troubles of …

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Killing the Talib(an) Within

Will Durant says that whenever there is a turning point in the history of a people we always see a lofty character at the turn it takes. Pakistan, especially its northwest, is passing through the worst of its times but we don’t see any lofty character. A lunatic fringe is hell-bent on dragging the whole society by its hairs to …

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Will Release of Top Taliban Leader Restore Peace?

As a remarkable sign of Pakistan’s new phase of cooperation with the Afghan peace process, Islamabad is to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a prominent Taliban leader who was in prison in Pakistan since he was captured in 2010. The Afghan government has long urged for release of Baradar as he is considered a moderate and pro-peace figure among the …

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