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Praising Turkish Policy Towards Syrian Refugees, Keeping An Eye On the Politics

In terms of asylum, 2013 represented an extraordinary year for Turkey: in 12 months, more than 500,000 refugees from Syria came onto Turkish territory, adding to the approximate 200,000 that had already arrived since April 2011. For reference, between 2001 and 2011, Turkey received between 4,000 and 16,000 refugees each year.

The U.S.-Turkey Relationship in 2014

2014 has not been a good year thus far in U.S.-Turkish relations. Beginning with the political uncertainty — stemming from a wideranging corruption probe that broke at the end of last year — Turkey, the region’s most stable democracy, is now more focused on its domestic rather than foreign policy priorities.

20 Years on from Rwanda, Can We Resuscitate R2P?

Last week marked the 20-year anniversary of mass genocide in Rwanda. Taking stock of what enabled Hutu extremists to slaughter as many as 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus, advocates, and pundits alike called for “never again.”

Turkey in Turbulence: Its Geo-strategic Meaning for the Transatlantic Community

The term “turbulence” is increasingly being used with respect to Turkish domestic and foreign policy as well as developments around Turkey’s neighborhood, ranging from Ukraine to the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

Turkey’s Political Turmoil and Its Transatlantic Implications

As it entered its twelfth year in government with increasing electoral support and a command of absolute majority in parliament, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) looked invincible. The AKP leadership, too, believed it was invincible, since the party held a firm grip on the legislative process from the day it got elected.

Turkey and the Transatlantic Relationship from Crisis to Cooperation

2013 was not a good year for Turkey and its ruling party. Domestically, the political stability embodied in the AKP’s decade-long hegemony started to crack. In May-June, varied segments of Turkey’s vibrant civil society rose against the government’s plans to raze Gezi Park in order to build a shopping mall in Istanbul’s city center.

Why China Prefers Europe to the United States

Not too long ago, members of the Chinese policy elite were still debating whether China’s ties with the United States would constitute their most important bilateral relationship. There was a consensus that China could become mostly trouble-free in its rapid rising to global power, as long as the U.S.-China relationship was stable.

Soft Power Works: The EU’s Eastern Partnership

Those who remember the discussions in 2012 on whether or not to partly boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship, jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, due to the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko and other Ukrainian opposition leaders, would not believe their eyes today.

Italy: Change Without Improvement

Since 1994, Italy has never enjoyed government that was both stable and efficient. Often stability was bought at the price of a lack of implementation of policies that might encounter obstacles and produce reactions in a highly divided, corporatist and selfish society.