By 2011, Turkey had emerged as a rising star in the international arena. Apart from China, Turkey was the only country that was growing by 10% a year. The advancement of its candidacy to join the European Union, the revival of its relations with the Middle Eastern countries and the increasing investments of Turkish businesspeople […]
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated in a live broadcast on TV that there is positive momentum in relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), “If it continues like this, relations will be on track,” he added. Çavuşoğlu’s statement may seem cautious. However, considering the level of tension between the two countries over the past decade, […]
Turkey has been enjoying good relations with three Gulf states – Qatar, Oman and Kuwait – for decades. However, Turkey’s relations with the other three members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia – worsened due to their conflicting perspectives toward the Arab insurgencies. After changes […]
According to the holy books of the Torah, the Bible and the Quran, the Prophet Noah tried to call people to believe in the one God for years, but few people responded positively. After receiving a revelation, he built a ship to house a pair of every living creature and those small few who believed […]
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proposed a “revolutionary United Nations reform” before the 76th U.N. General Assembly. With the book titled “A Fairer World is Possible: A Model Proposal for United Nations Reform” published by Turkuvaz Kitap, he embodied the discourse of “The world is bigger than five.” Erdoğan is a leader that has for years […]
One of the most important criteria of mobility in global trade is freight prices. The most well-known and most sought-after price index is the “Baltic Dry.” The fact that Turkey’s Baltic Dry Cargo Index exceeded 4,100 points indicates that, in addition to global trade, production, foreign trade and freight transportation in the geographical area around […]
There is no shortage of ultra-secularist concerns in Turkey. In recent days, the country’s ultra-secularists expressed concern that two developments could represent “the final nails” in secularism’s coffin: the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan and certain practices by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Some commentators even see links between those two […]
Reading Antony Blinken’s tweets on the end of the U.S. occupation in Afghanistan and his praise of Turkey, I remembered an idiom I had learned ages ago: “mealy-mouthed.” Mr. Pickering, our peace-corps English instructor in high school, used to translate it as the equivalent of our Turkish expression of “Bir dediği bir dediğine uymuyor.” (Literally: […]
With less than 0.3% of foreign visitors testing positive for the coronavirus under Thailand’s strict “Sandbox” program on the island Phuket, according to local media, plans to reopen much of the country next month are seeming more likely to become reality. Adding to the pressure to reopen the country is less positive news, at least […]
For the last troublesome decade, Turkey was required to expand its regional influence via its hard power. After overcoming a series of challenges in the international arena, the Turkish government would like to perpetuate Turkey’s regional influence and to support regional peace and stability via the means of soft power. A new era Announced by […]