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.