Turkey

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

By offering Incirlik to Washington, Erdoğan not only highlights his unique position, but he also takes steps toward further involvement in northern Syria.  As Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik Air Base in return for a security zone in Syria, can we assume that there is a new consensus between […]

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INTERVIEW: Critical period for Hizbullah in Turkey’s tense southeast

INTERVIEW: Critical period for Hizbullah in Turkey’s tense southeast

William Armstrong’s Interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Hurriyet Daily News on June 20, 2015 Violence that erupted in Turkey’s southeast before and after the recent election has raised fears of a return to widespread clashes between affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Hizbullah, an outlawed Kurdish Islamist militant group. Back in the 1990s, along […]

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The Plight of the Syrian Refugees in Turkey

The Plight of the Syrian Refugees in Turkey

This month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) revised the number of officially registered Syrian refugees who are living inside Turkey; that number has now surpassed the 1.8 million mark. This once again confirms that Turkey hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the entire region. The world’s highest per capita concentration […]

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2015 Turkey Election Report

2015 Turkey Election Report

On June 7, 2015, Turkey survived a tense, critical parliamentary election that dramatically decreased the ruling AKP’s parliamentary majority and elevated the HDP to the national scene. In this brief report, experts interpret the results and offer their projections for the near future of Turkish politics. Fevzi Bilgin argues that the people of Turkey chastised […]

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Turkey’s 2015 Election Prospects

Turkey’s 2015 Election Prospects

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, Turkish citizens are headed to the polls once again. The elections will be nationwide general elections for 550 seats in the Turkish Parliament. The major issues that have permeated the electoral climate are the potential switch to presidentialism, trampled rights and freedoms, the economic downturn, and the Kurdish question. The […]

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Eurasia

INTERVIEW: Tajik American community and other Central Asian diasporas in the United States

INTERVIEW: Tajik American community and other Central Asian diasporas in the United States

This interview was originally published at Central Asian Analytical Network on July 2, 2015.    Владимир Федоренко: об американских таджиках, помощи соотечественникам и других диаспорах Центральной Азии в США By Абдулфаттох Шафиев On Июль 2, 2015 Все большее число жителей Центральной Азии, в том числе Таджикистана, переезжают на постоянное место жительства в Соединенные Штаты. В […]

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Timeline of Central Asia (1918-2014)

Timeline of Central Asia (1918-2014)

The Timeline of Central Asia aims to serve as a chronological guide offering information regarding essential developments in the Central Asian region. Within the framework of this study, the Central Asian region is defined as the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Each of the five Central Asian republics has its own distinctive […]

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Disenchantment with Liberalism in Post-Soviet Societies

Disenchantment with Liberalism in Post-Soviet Societies

In post-Soviet societies, liberalism has come to be perceived as contradictory to the rule of law and norms of decency, even as the antithesis of order and associated with chaos. However, it may be accurate to talk about disenchantment with misperceived liberalism and a defensive reflex by societies that are struggling with their post-totalitarian burdens […]

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The Russian Gambit

The Russian Gambit

On Dec. 1 Ankara welcomed Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin for a one-day visit that occupied the headlines of many international media outlets due to post-meeting statements, such as announcing the termination of the South Stream project. What is the significance of this visit and how is it going to affect the future of Russian […]

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U.S. – Azerbaijan Relations: A View from Baku

U.S. – Azerbaijan Relations: A View from Baku

Relations between the United States and Azerbaijan center on the energy sector and regional security issues. In regard to regional security, Azerbaijan fully supported the United States, and now expects the same in return. The United States understands that Azerbaijan is a strategic partner. It is one of the few Muslim countries that supported the […]

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Peace Studies

What Fuels Militant Islamism?

What Fuels Militant Islamism?

Gruesome ISIS beheadings, the Sydney siege, and now Taliban’s slaughter of children in Pakistan have haunted the media, along with the Senate report on CIA’s use of torture against suspected terrorists. The true nature of the radicalization problem, once again, is mostly obscured by petty domestic politics. The militant Islamism rests on a triple layer: […]

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The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution and Democratization

The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution and Democratization

Civil society is an essential part of the proper functioning of the state, helping to initiate, promote, and strengthen comprehensive and objective dialogue between governments and their people.In this way, civil society fosters conflict resolution, advances human rights, and promotes better democratization processes. Because of its flexible, multidimensional, and non-rigid structure, civil society has the […]

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Middle East

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

By offering Incirlik to Washington, Erdoğan not only highlights his unique position, but he also takes steps toward further involvement in northern Syria.  As Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik Air Base in return for a security zone in Syria, can we assume that there is a new consensus between […]

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Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stability

Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stability

Iran’s agreement with five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, dubbed P5+1 in Vienna over its nuclear program has been widely seen a major diplomatic breakthrough. The deal provides for strict limits on Iran, backed by international inspections and the threat of sanctions ‘snap-back’. In return, it provides for the continued, albeit […]

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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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United States

International Teachers in American Schools

International Teachers in American Schools

United States public schools have recently begun hiring international teachers for science and mathematics classes across the country. The purpose of this study is to shed light to the practice of international science and math teachers in the K-12 institutions in the United States. This study aims to offer suggestions to administrators who are currently […]

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