United States

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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Annual Convention 2011: New Challenges and New Opportunities

Annual Convention 2011: New Challenges and New Opportunities

The following is the proceedings of the Second Annual Convention of Turkic American Alliance under the title of “New Challenges & New Opportunities,” held on November 30, 2011, in Washington DC. The convention proceedings feature addresses by H.E. Mehmet Simsek, Finance Minister of Turkey, The Honorable Kristen Gillibrand, US Senator of New York, and the […]

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Turkey

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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How effective will Erdogan be as Turkey’s new President?

How effective will Erdogan be as Turkey’s new President?

The future of Turkey depends not only on Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions but also strategies of the opposition parties, which have proven to be ineffective so far. Turkey’s first direct presidential election results were no surprise. But despite his success by a narrow margin of 51.8 %, Erdogan did not achieve the outcome he would […]

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Turkey’s Economic Transformation in the 2000s and Going Forward

Turkey’s Economic Transformation in the 2000s and Going Forward

By SEBNEM KALEMLI-OZCAN The following is the transcript of the talk presented by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, at Rethink Institute’s Energy, Trade, and Development Forum at 2014 Turkic American Convention, April 9, 2014, Washington DC. Copyright by Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan ***     I would like begin by reminding you […]

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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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