Erdogan in Russia—No Turning Point
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Graham E. Fuller
Barely more than a few weeks after the failed coup in Turkey, President Erdogan surprised the world by turning up for a meeting in Saint Petersburg with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Many observers in the West view the event darkly, as a sign that perhaps Erdogan is now making a strategic about-face to embrace Russia. This meeting, while coming fast on the heels of the coup, does not really represent a great surprise and should not be viewed as some sinister new departure in Turkey’s strategic posture.
US and the Failed Turkish Coup
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Although the US has adamantly denied any role in the coup and President Obama has stood behind a tall wall of denial, there is a growing consensus in Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East that the US engineered the coup, not so much to dethrone but rather to weaken Erdogan and to put a qualitative brake on his omnibus of new Syrian policy.
Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish
Monday, August 8, 2016
The Middle East remains of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found in the recent developments an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different approach: soft power. It is obvious that such forces have found in soft power an efficient tool that can achieve what tanks and jets failed to do. In this article, two soft power models in the Middle East are assessed and analysed: Iran and Oman.
How Will Turkey’s Failed Coup and Massive Purge Affect Its Economic Future
Monday, July 25, 2016
These are positive steps that will benefit Turkish economy in the long run although the terrorism risks to tourism and investor confidence that existed before the coup are likely to continue in the new environment as well. However, the government must also be very mindful of how its cultural, political and security decisions in response to the coup will affect the economy.
Turkey: Attempted Coup and the Future Of Erdogan
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Without knowing much about the identity of the Turkish coup leaders, it is fairly certain that irrespective of their likely failed attempt, they have delivered a stunning blow to the presidency of Mr. Erdogan, who must now reckon with deep fissures within the country’s armed forces, which has a long tradition of political interventions.
Death Of A Humanist Filmmaker: Kiarostami And The Culture Of Peace
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
In retrospect, Kiarostami’s contribution to cinema may be summed up as restorative, restoring the once upon a time logic of filmmaking that was not insatiably wedded to profit-making but rather to truth and understanding in tune with a filmmic culture of peace, conceived as the antidote for the cinematic-induced alienation of contemporary man.
On the Ethical Conduct of Warfare: Predator Drones
Saturday, July 2, 2016
We are taking out citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Pakistan, which, alas, if research on 9/11 is well founded have never threatened us. So we really have no business being there at all. Yet to this day we continue to hear about the threat from al-Qaeda and from Osama bin Laden, who appears to have died in 2001. We are depriving the citizens of other countries of their life, liberty, and property with no semblance of due process. This means that our actions are not only in violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the United States’ Constitution but also violate basic human rights.
Terrorism in Istanbul and Necessity of International Action
Friday, July 1, 2016
So undoubtedly combating and uprooting this group must be given top priority by all governments of the region as well as the concerned international organizations. Admittedly in this region the governments have their own high responsibility to work out an efficient strategy for this.