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Tulin Daloglu

Blog Entries by Tulin Daloglu

Turkey's New Activism in the Former Ottoman Lands and Continuing PKK Attacks

13 Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 18:19:00 (EST)

"... [I] contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes," wrote Walt Whitman, one of America's most famous poets. It's hard not to think of those words while considering Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's positions.

Erdogan recently slammed the West, saying that imperialist forces would never...

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Why Did Obama Really Have to Talk About Israel on Thursday?

Posted May 23, 2011 | 15:39:03 (EST)

I've been musing about President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East and North Africa for the past week: I like it, I like it not. And I still don't have a clue what to make of it after listening to him on Sunday as he...

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Turkey's Influence in a Changing Middle East Is Limited

Posted April 6, 2011 | 15:06:51 (EST)

For the last few years Turkey has been trying to sell itself as the re-shaper of the Middle East. But now that the region is reshaping itself in dramatic and unexpected ways, the late, lame and confusing responses of Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan's government show that Turkey's renewed activism...

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Iran Is the Wild Card in the Arab Awakening, but What About Turkey?

Posted March 29, 2011 | 16:17:23 (EST)

Both Turkey and Iran play vital roles in bringing peace to their immediate neighborhoods -- and ideally, they'd also have a relationship with the West. Yet the crisis in Syria has put each of them in a difficult position.

The regime of Bashar al-Assad may survive this threat, and the...

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How Does an "Arab Expat Peace Corps" Sound?

Posted March 21, 2011 | 19:48:57 (EST)

The Middle East is transforming so quickly that no one knows what the outcome will look like. One thing, however is clear: we are in a race against time -- rather a limited one -- to prevent the region's radicals from taking advantage of the changing environment and making things...

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Turkey's Unity Threatened: Polarization Over Kurdish Policy

Posted March 7, 2011 | 18:00:53 (EST)

While the Arab world is swept by a series of revolutions ending the long lasting status quo in the region, Kurdish separatists announced the end of a six-month cease-fire this week in their nearly 30-year fight against the Turkish state. The timing is undeniably meaningful. March kicks of...

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