United States

US-PYD Rapprochement: A Shift in Washington’s Strategy?

US-PYD Rapprochement: A Shift in Washington’s Strategy?

After the US airdrops over Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has a hard time understanding why the town is so strategic for the United States. Erdogan also may have a hard time grasping the myriad US national security interests at stake in a post-Bashar Assad Syria. Only a day before the ammunition […]

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Two Decades of U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

Two Decades of U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

  The First Kyrgyz American Convention this month featured a paper by Erica Marat on the current state of U.S. – Kyrgyz relations. Since 1991, Kyrgyzstan has achieved impressive democratic gains compared to its regional neighbors. Kyrgyzstan is the only country to have conducted free and competitive parliamentary elections in 2010 and peacefully transferred presidential […]

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After Abbottabad: Assessing America’s Afghanistan Policy

After Abbottabad: Assessing America’s Afghanistan Policy

Over the course of the past decade, the United States of America and its coalition partners have sought to remake Afghanistan into a stable democratic polity equipped with the capacity to assert authoritative control within its borders as well as eliminate the radical Islamic threat within the country. To what extent has the US-led coalition […]

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Turkey

The Turkish Constitutional Court’s Struggle for Democracy and The Rule of Law

The Turkish Constitutional Court’s Struggle for Democracy and The Rule of Law

Turkey is now in the midst of a democratic decline thanks to the remarkable consolidation of power in the hands of Prime Minister and then President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish Constitutional Court has emerged as the last institution that can provide a check – although limited – on an unfettered government and sustain a […]

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The Kobane Crisis: Where are Turkey, the PKK, and Kurds Going?

The Kobane Crisis: Where are Turkey, the PKK, and Kurds Going?

For many Kurds, Ankara’s spectator role in Kobane is a systematic policy to weaken PKK to get more leverage in the peace talks. The radical ISIS group is besieging the Kurdish town of Kobane in Syria, and so far the Turkish government has done little about it. It is the leftist, separatist Kurdistan Workers Party […]

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Ankara’s ISIS Conundrum

Ankara’s ISIS Conundrum

“Mr. Barzani has not had a conversation with me about Kurdish independence. We are against the division of Iraq,” said Erdogan in his first visit to United States as Turkey’s President. What Erdogan did not mention, however, was that the Turkish government had quietly pledged to defend the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga if they were attacked […]

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Eurasia

The Past, Present, and Future of United States – Kyrgyzstan Relations

The Past, Present, and Future of United States – Kyrgyzstan Relations

The United States was one of the first countries that recognized Kyrgyzstan’s independence. In fact, the U.S. was the first country that opened its embassy in Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan – on December 25, 1991. It is a well-known fact that Kyrgyzstan, like all of the Central Asian countries, underwent a difficult task […]

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Religious Radicalism in Central Asia

Religious Radicalism in Central Asia

Islam has assumed a decisive role in Central Asia since the collapse of the Soviet system. However, according to Galym Zhussipbek, the religious comeback has produced adverse effects, particularly the rise of religious radicalism. The Hanafi School, the main conventional school of Islamic interpretation in Central Asia, which greatly contributed to the Islamic underpinnings of […]

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The New Silk Road Initiatives in Central Asia

The New Silk Road Initiatives in Central Asia

This paper by Vladimir Fedorenko analyzes various intergovernmental initiatives in Central Asia. With the announcement of the “New Silk Road” strategy, the United States drew global attention to the various ongoing initiatives aiming to promote trade, economic cooperation and development in Central Asia and in other countries located on the path of the ancient Silk Road.  […]

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Announcements

Call for Papers: Turkey Country Report 2015

Call for Papers: Turkey Country Report 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS The Rethink Institute will publish Turkey Country Report 2015 in the fall of 2014. This report will include short articles by the experts, a survey of latest developments, and various polls and statistics. The report will be widely distributed in the United States and will be available online. Please check the previous […]

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Rethink Institute Fellowship Programs

Rethink Institute Fellowship Programs

Rethink Institute, in line with its mission, encourages research that focuses on public policies and civic initiatives centering on conflict resolution, peace building, dialogue development, and education at national, regional or global scale. To this aim, Rethink Institute has established two fellowship programs. NON-RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM This program is available for those who hold a […]

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