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With Turkey’s prospects for joining the European Union growing more elusive and the country reaching out to predominantly Muslim countries with a vigor not seen in years, a longstanding question is vexing the United States and Europe: Is this large, secular Muslim country turning East instead of West?

When President Obama visited Turkey in April — a symbolic gesture ... Read more »
Category: Press review | Views: 988 | Added by: Грант | Date: 29.10.2009 | Comments (0)

It's no secret that the Caucasus region is one of the centers of world civilization. At the same time, it’s obvious that this region has always been a hot spot of the planet. The Caucasus has long been at the centre of world powers’ attention, which, on the basis of political expediency, constantly interfered with the ongoing developments in our region. The consequences of such policies, continuing up to these days: war, sacrifice, destruction, frozen and hot conflicts, and many of such tragic realities.
Category: Articles | Views: 963 | Added by: Грант | Date: 28.10.2009 | Comments (0)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden toured several countries in Central Europe last week, including the Czech Republic and Poland. The trip comes just a few weeks after the United States reversed course and decided not to construct a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in those two countries. While the system would have had little effect on the national security of either Poland or the Czech Republic, it was ... Read more »

Category: Press review | Views: 1037 | Added by: Грант | Date: 28.10.2009 | Comments (1)

    It is well known to everyone that Azeri officials have made anti-Armenian propaganda as a cornerstone of their domestic and foreign policy. In a way it is also logical that as a part of foreign policy anti-Armenian propaganda has a “vital” meaning for the official Baku. After all it is imperative to somehow justify in the eyes of the international community their unrealizable strive to see Karabakh belonging to Azerbaijan again.  

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Category: Articles | Views: 1395 | Added by: Грант | Date: 27.10.2009 | Comments (0)

Neoliberalism, which dominated the decade before 9/11, had an exuberantly simple vision. Communism and authoritarianism had failed; therefore markets and free elections were the answer. Free-market democracy, conveniently spread by globalization, would transform the world into a community of productive, peace-loving nations. Instead, the ensuing years saw repeated economic crises outside the West, genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, intensifying fundamentalism, virulent anti-Americanism and finally the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Category: Press review | Views: 1386 | Added by: Грант | Date: 26.10.2009 | Comments (0)

Greece's new prime minister has set out to resolve its longrunning problems with Turkey and Cyprus. Will he succeed?

A new left-of-centre government led by George Papandreou hit the ground running after winning the Greek elections of October 4. The new administration was in office within two days. Papandreou chose to take charge of the ministry of foreign affairs himself – as if the job of prime minister wasn't already enough in a country urgently in need of economic, educational and social reforms.

The electoral campaign was polarised between the established left-right Greek political divide. But one area of policy was a non-issue, omitted from the cheap rhetorical point-scoring: foreign policy.

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Category: Press review | Views: 1310 | Added by: Грант | Date: 19.10.2009 | Comments (1)

The presidents of Armenia and Turkey watched together a match of their national soccer teams in the Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday night after holding talks and praising significant progress in their efforts to normalize bilateral relations.

The two men made no public statements before and after the match which Turkey won 2-0. News reports said Sarkisian and members of an Armenian ... Read more »
Category: Press review | Views: 1350 | Added by: Грант | Date: 16.10.2009 | Comments (0)

Turkey barred Israel from participating in a NATO war exercise this week because of its public's concerns over Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip this year, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said.

"There are diplomatic sensitivities in the region which we had to take into consideration... and we took into consideration the conscience of our people ... because our people did not want Israel's participation," he told Al Arabiya television.

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Category: Press review | Views: 1332 | Added by: Грант | Date: 15.10.2009 | Comments (0)

Armenia and Turkey signed a landmark agreement Saturday to establish diplomatic ties, after a dramatic last-minute intervention by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to keep the event from falling apart.

The accord, aimed at ending a century of hostility stemming from Ottoman Era massacres, was brokered by the Swiss over the past two years, with the ... Read more »
Category: Press review | Views: 959 | Added by: Грант | Date: 13.10.2009 | Comments (0)

Turkey’s efforts to reconcile with Armenia have attracted plenty of attention over the past six weeks. It’s less widely known that Ankara is simultaneously engaged in a delicate diplomatic move to forge closer ties with Abkhazia, one of Georgia’s renegade territories.

On the surface, Turkey continues to endorse the concept of Georgia’s territorial integrity, and senior Turkish diplomats emphasize that "there is no p ... Read more »
Category: Articles | Views: 964 | Added by: Грант | Date: 12.10.2009 | Comments (0)

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