As long as the Syrian Civil War continues, Turkey will face greater political and security threats on its southern border. In the first decade of the 21st century, Turkey carried out a multilateral and pro-active foreign policy strategy, known as “zero problems with neighbors,” towards the Middle East. The strategy of “zero problem” based on political and economic cooperation succeeded to create a peace and stability zone in the periphery of Turkey. It was realistic, […]
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The unrest in Turkey has nothing to do with “foreign instigation” as is claimed by PM Erdogan. This is the type of charge being used when a crisis is erupting in force, much to the surprise of a government which is very sure of itself, and amid the initial confusion, it is an easy outlet to scapegoat “foreigners.” Erdogan, surely unwittingly, follows in the footsteps of no other than his biggest regional adversary Bashar Assad, […]
What is clear is that the Turkish people are making a point, declaring that they have the right to be considered and that Turkey belongs to the people, not the prime minister. Turkey’s ongoing protests are not just a conflict over a park, a matter of “left-wing” or “right-wing,” or a backlash against the new alcohol regulations; this is the Turkish people’s overwhelming discontent about their liberties being taken away and frustration of the repression […]
Perhaps Turkey did not serve as a model for the Arab Spring. Perhaps the rise of the AKP in 2002 was not the watershed moment that marked the beginnings of a Post-Kemalist era. The anti-government protests in Ankara and Istanbul suggest that like Tahrir Square, most people didn’t see this coming. In 2011, when the Arab Spring went into full bloom and protests against regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon began, some claimed […]
It has become common knowledge that substance abuse among young adults in Iran has become one of the biggest problems youth in the region face today. Published epidemiological studies in international and domestic journals show that drug use and abuse is a serious mental health problem in Iran. Heroin, opium and cannabis are the most often used illicit drugs, but there are new emerging problems with anabolic steroids, ecstasy and stimulant substances including crystal methamphetamine. […]
Nine months ago, I wrote that the 22 member Arab League and 56 member Organization of Islamic Cooperation demanded a UN (Western) intervention in Syria to protect Syrian civilians against President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown. On December 12, CBS News published an interview with Syrian opposition spokesperson Yaser Tabbara, who insisted that Washington arm the rebels so they can establish a no-fly zone against Assad. Fact: Muslim nations are perfectly capable of intervening themselves. That […]
“Realism” is among the most fundamental of International Relations paradigms. I will not further analyze theory, as the aim of this article is to assess certain policy options. Nevertheless, I referred to political realism as it considers a set of elements that consist of power, which is further divided into economic and military power, the alliances, the natural resources at a state’s disposal, technological innovation, the population related qualitative and quantitative characteristics, the land and […]