Monthly Archives: February 2013

Turkey’s Negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and Armed Drones

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently re-intiated peace talks with Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). Erdogan’s AKP, like Turgut Ozal’s Motherland Party, has sought to address Turkey’s Kurdish Issue – or the Kurds’ Turkey Problem – … Continue reading

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Offsets: Turkey’s Military Procurement Policy

At the ceremony celebrating the building of Turkey’s first domestically produced research vessel, Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün told the crowd “We accept that the maritime research in the country is inadequate, however, we are determined to make changes. … Continue reading

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Turkey: Nonproliferation Norms and Nuclear Weapons

In the wake of North Korea’s third nuclear test, I thought it prudent to re-evaluate Turkey’s nonproliferation policies. While Turkish foreign policy remains largely focused on its immediate periphery, the DPRK’s nuclear test is likely to harden Ankara’s commitment to … Continue reading

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Border Blast: The Fallout and Predicting Turkey’s Response

Today’s bombing at the Reyhanli border gate could not have come at a worse time for the AK Party. Their Syria policy is unpopular, which had in turn forced Erdogan to switch from a policy of loud interventionist twinged rhetoric, … Continue reading

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Suicide Blast in Ankara: Turkey’s Terrorism Dilemma

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) – a London based think tank – published a piece I wrote about the recent suicide bombing in Ankara. I have posted a portion of the article below. If interested in reading the entire … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Missile Programs: A Work in Progress

My report for the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) about Turkey’s cruise missile, ballistic missile, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program was recently published.  Below is an excerpt from the UAV/Cruise Missile section. If you are interested … Continue reading

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