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

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

By on April 2014 in Eurasia, Research

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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Prospects for Water Cooperation in Central Asia

Prospects for Water Cooperation in Central Asia

By on February 2014 in Eurasia, Research

  Rivers flowing in the Amu Darya and Syr Darya basins throughout the entire Central Asian territory divide the region into upstream (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and downstream (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) countries, creating a set of economic and political challenges that force these riparian countries to interact. Accordingly, Vladimir Fedorenko argues in this paper, transboundary […]

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Corruption Scandal and Political Crisis in Turkey – Jan 16, 2014

Corruption Scandal and Political Crisis in Turkey – Jan 16, 2014

By on January 2014 in Events

Rethink Institute held a panel discussion on January 16, 2014, on the wide-ranging corruption inquiry  launched in Turkey on December 17, 2013. The inquiry quickly led to a political crisis thanks to a series of questionable moves by the government. Since then, thousands of police officers and bureaucrats have been reassigned. The government claims that […]

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Turkey Brief: Corruption Scandal and Ensuing Political Crisis

Turkey Brief: Corruption Scandal and Ensuing Political Crisis

By on January 2014 in Turkey

  An observer recently quipped that Turkey is always on the news but for all the wrong reasons. Fevzi Bilgin analyzes the latest episode that involves a wide-ranging corruption inquiry, the largest in the history of the republic, connected to cabinet ministers, businessmen, and international facilitators. The inquiry quickly led to a political crisis, thanks […]

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Turkey Brief: The Preparatory School Debate

Turkey Brief: The Preparatory School Debate

By on December 2013 in Research

Since mid-November and continuing into December 2013, Fevzi Bilgin argues, Turkey has seen one of the most intense periods of social dissent in recent history. But there were no demonstrators chanting in the streets, no police forces trying to disperse them, and no violence. The dissent manifested via old and new media: newspapers, TV reports, […]

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Two Decades of U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

Two Decades of U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

By on November 2013 in Eurasia, United States

  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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Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges

By on November 2013 in Turkey

The following is the transcript of the conference on Turkey’s foreign policy challenges held at the Rethink Institute on September 24, 2013. The conference examined Turkey’s foreign policy challenges against the backdrop of the current developments in the Middle East and addressed the following questions: How will Turkish foreign policy play out in the near future? […]

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Religious Radicalism in Central Asia

Religious Radicalism in Central Asia

By on October 2013 in Eurasia

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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Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges, September 24, 2013

Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges, September 24, 2013

By on September 2013 in Events

Rethink Institute held a conference on Turkish foreign policy on September 24, 2013, featuring, as speakers, Ihsan Dagi, Professor of International Relations, Middle East Technical University; Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Cagri Erhan, Professor of International Relations, Ankara University, Alan Makovsky, Independent Analyst, Former Senior Staff Member, US House Foreign Affairs Cmte.; Savas Genc, Professor of International Relations, Fatih University; and, Fevzi Bilgin, Executive Director, Rethink […]

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The Case for Turkey’s Membership to the European Union

The Case for Turkey’s Membership to the European Union

By on August 2013 in Research, Turkey

This paper by Sener Akturk explicates the promise of Turkey’s accession to the European Union (EU) for the dynamics of secularism and multiculturalism. A diverse religious demography is a strong foundation for secularism and religious liberties. The political foundations of multiculturalism also assume an ethno-linguistically diverse population for power-sharing and long-term sustainability. EU was founded on […]

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