All posts tagged "Turkey"

  • Why an independent Kurdistan could suit Turkey’s strategic interests

    As widely expected, the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) held on September 25th showed huge support for the separation of Erbil from Baghdad. What failed to take place – at least, for now...

    • Posted October 8, 2017
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  • Democracy in the Balkans: waiting for a new 1989? An interview with Jasmin Mujanović

    While not hitting the headlines as frequently as they used to, the Western Balkans still represent a flashpoint for Europe. Recurring authoritarian trends, incomplete democratisation processes, troublesome external influences and a fading EU perspective make the region...

    • Posted October 2, 2017
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  • An independent Kurdistan might still be a winning bet

    As it finally approaches the end of the hijacking of its own territory and State prerogatives by ISIS, Iraq is soon to be challenged again on its territorial integrity – and this time, victory looks more elusive....

    • Posted September 24, 2017
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  • Madrassas in the Balkans: “schools of jihad” in the heart of Europe?

    As the latest events in Europe showed, it is more and more likely for a terrorist attack to be carried out by a home-grown jihadist rather than an ‘imported’ one. In most of the cases, the perpetrators...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • Is Turkey’s influence in the Balkans a matter of concern?

    During his first years as Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spared no effort to re-establish his country’s areas of influence dating back from the Ottoman era. Such Neo-Ottoman foreign policy, who had in the former foreign minister...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • The challenges of Islamic radicalisation in Kosovo. A conversation with Florian Qehaja

    In the last few years, international attention focused again on Kosovo. This time, because of its role as a primary source of fighters willing to join the Islamic State and other jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq....

    • Posted March 21, 2017
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  • Dutch elections: a bittersweet assessment

    Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands have rarely attracted so much attention from abroad. The quadrennial democratic procedure was described by the foreign press as another point in the global struggle between advancing populism and all others opposing...

    • Posted March 20, 2017
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  • Syria: the way forward? An interview with Obadah al-Kadri

    Obadah al-Kadri is one of those men struggling for a Syria free from both autocratic rule and Islamist radicalisation. A medical doctor by education, he volunteered at the refugees’ camps on the Turkish-Syrian border before devoting his...

    • Posted March 4, 2017
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  • The case for EU ‘political’ enlargement in the Balkans

    From the risks of Grexit to the reality of Brexit, from the migration crisis to the rise of populism all over the continent, the European Union is exposing all the weaknesses of its multi-centered governance, losing that...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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  • Education in the Balkans – filling the Gulen vacuum?

    The trend Educational institutions connected to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric, have aroused considerable attention since the attempted July 15 military coup, which Gulen and his followers are accused of orchestrating. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyp Erdogan,...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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