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Mevlut Katik

The NATO Summit: Energy Security, Georgia Are Hot Topics

Energy security and the geopolitical situation in the South Caucasus featured prominently...

Spirit of Cooperation Dominates Turkic Summit

The results of the November 17 summit of the leaders of Turkic-speaking...

Turkic Summit to Explore Commonwealth Possibility

Turkey, seeking to revive a plan to forge a Turkic Commonwealth, will...

Moscow Summit Could Highlight Competition Over Black Sea

A November 1-2 meeting of foreign ministers from the Organization of Black...

Nobel Prize for Turkish Writer Focuses Attention on Civil Society Issues

In awarding the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature to Orhan Pamuk, the...

Turkey Heads into Critical Period for EU Accession Bid

Turkey is struggling to keep its European Union membership aspirations alive on...

Russian Pipeline Play Poses Dilemma for Turkey

Russian plans for a new natural gas pipeline are placing Turkey in...

Turkey, Russia Celebrate Trade Ties While Probing an Expansion of Geopolitical Contacts

Turkey and Russia celebrated rapidly expanding bilateral trade during a visit by...

Turkey Turns Attention to Repairing Frayed Ties with the United States

There is no rest for weary Turkish diplomats. Having secured a commitment...

Turkish Media Reaction Mixed on EU

With a European Union deal finally in hand, Turkish officials are riding...

Turkey Applies Last-Minute Pressure for EU “Yes” Decision

On the eve of a crucial summit that may determine the outcome...

Central Asia: What Chance for Democracy?

Nearly 13 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, prospects for...

Turkey Cautious on Possible Rapprochement Opening to Armenia

An omission from Armenia's draft 2005 budget has touched off speculation that...

Turkey Makes Diplomatic Push for EU Membership

Turkey is pressing ahead with a diplomatic campaign to get the European...

With Presidential Election Settled, Afghanistan Again Turns Attention to Security Issues

Afghan officials are hoping the country's quiet and relatively fair presidential election...

Turkish Media Gives Mixed Reaction to EU Accession Report

In the wake of a European Commission report on Turkey's EU accession...

European Commission Gives Conditional Approval for Turkey’s EU Ambitions

The European Commission, in a report issued October 6, expressed a "qualified...

Turkey Meets ‘Last’ EU Test

The passage of sweeping penal reforms this Sunday has eliminated a sizeable...

Afghan Warlords Not Only Part of the Problem, But Also Part of the Solution - Expert

Recent fighting among rival milita groups in western Afghanistan underscores the threat...

Turkish PM May Seek to Renegotiate Gas Export Deal During Iran Visit

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a three-day visit to Iran...

NATO Embraces Central Asia and the Caucasus at Istanbul Summit

Though overshadowed by discussions about the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, the...

Turkey's EU Membership Enters Critical Phase

With a decision looming by the end of the year on whether...

Turkey’s EU Membership Drive Enters Critical Phase

With a decision looming by the end of the year on whether...

Turkey Sends Mixed Signals on American Request to Send More Troops to Afghanistan

Turkey has not responded to an informal US request for Ankara to...

Turkish Officials Foil Terrorist Plot to Strike Upcoming NATO Summit in Istanbul

Turkish authorities announced May 3 that 16 suspected members of an Islamic...

Azerbaijan and Turkey Coordinate Nagorno-Karabakh Negotiation Position

Turkish and Azerbaijani officials have defused a simmering bilateral dispute concerning the...

Turkish Troop Deployment in Iraq Now "Out of the Question"

As Iraq's security situation continues to erode, the US-led occupation force appears...

Saakashvili, Abashidze Back on Collision Course in Georgia

With Georgia's parliamentary vote only days away, President Mikhail Saakashvili and his...

United States and Turkey Strive to Deepen Relations

Following a US visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that...

Turkey Wages Two-Pronged Diplomatic Offensive to Boost Western Integration Effort

Turkey is in the midst of a crucial two-pronged diplomatic offensive designed...

Turkey and Pakistan Sign Anti-Terrorism Pact

An agreement was reached in a January 20 meeting between Pakistani President...

Turkey Seeks to Carve Out Conflict Resolution Role in the Caucasus

Turkish officials view the recent leadership turnover in both Azerbaijan and Georgia...

Parliamentarians Take New Vantage on Nagorno-Karabakh

Less than a week after former Azerbaijani president Heidar Aliyev died in...

Will Turkey Meet the Strategic Challenge in Georgia?

Many Turkish critics are chastising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Turkey's...

Amid Risk, Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline Edges Forward

On December 1, an association of environmentalist groups stepped up its campaign...

Turkish Leader Seeks European Help After Istanbul Disasters

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, one of the most overtly religious...

Car Bombs Leave Dozens Dead and Hundreds Wounded in Istanbul

Car bombs that detonated November 20 killed at least 27 people and...

International Lenders Assume Burden of Proof on Pipeline Promise

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project gained a boost on November 11 when the...

Turkey's Troop Deployment Plans for Iraq Remain Unclear

Turkey's role in the American-led occupation of Iraq remains unclear. On October...

Turkish Government Approves Plan to Deploy Peacekeeping Force in Iraq

Just over seven months after Turkey rejected a US request to use...

Ankara Warily Watches Azerbaijani Campaign

Ilham Aliyev, heir apparent to his ailing father Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliyev,...

Ethnic Violence Intensifies Turkey's Iraq Debate

Turkey is concerned about the prospect of increasing instability in northern Iraq....

Turkey Hopes for Oil Windfall in a Turbulent Iraq

Suspected saboteurs exploded an oil pipeline from Iraq to Turkey on August...

Azerbaijani President Seeks Medical Treatment in US, Amid Building Tension in Baku

Ailing Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliyev departed a Turkish hospital August 6 for...

Turkey and Russia Fail to Resolve Pipeline Dispute

Turkish and Russian energy officials have failed to resolve a pricing dispute...

US-Turkish Strategic Ties Confront "Biggest Ever Crisis of Confidence"

US-Turkish strategic relations are confronting their "biggest ever crisis of confidence" since...

Turkish Diplomatic Delegation Seeks to Promote Rapprochement With Washington

Turkish Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Ugur Ziyal is leading a delegation to...

Blue Stream Pipeline's Future in Doubt Amid Russian-Turkish Pricing Dispute

Only months after it began to pump natural gas, the Blue Stream...

Heider Aliyev medical condition

A frail-looking Heidar Aliyev has returned to Azerbaijan following a week-long stay...

Azerbaijan President Heidar Aliyev's Condition in Turkish Hospital a Closely Guarded Secret

Although officials continue to characterize President Heidar Aliyev's condition as "normal" and...

Holding Back in Iraq, Turkey Seeks Regional Influence

Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul told reporters in the halls of parliament...

Turkey and United States Focus on Cooperation Following Friendly Talks

US-Turkish tension is easing following US Secretary of State Colin Powell's recent...

Turkey's New Leader Promises Internal Stability While Facing External Chaos

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's new prime minister, is facing the daunting task...

Turkish Government Considers Next Step After Parliamentary Rejection of US Troop Proposal

While a prominent Ankara columnist warns of a potential "earthquake" in Turkish-American...

Turkey's Governing Party Looks to Boost Trade With Central Asian and Caucasus States

Turkey's governing party, the Islamic-based Justice and Development Party (AKP), is working...

Turkish Party Leader Seeks Favor in Central Asia

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of Turkey's governing party, made his first official...

Turkish Elections Overhaul The Country's Political Landscape

The stunning results of Turkey's November 3 elections, in which a moderate...

Scaled-Back Pipeline Marks Advance in Russian-Turkish Relations

The Blue Stream project, which aims to deliver Russian gas to Turkish...

Azerbiajani Ferry Disaster Raises Questions About Joint Flotilla

Azerbaijan's prosecutor-general announced on October 25 that he would investigate the sinking...

Party Jockeying Obscures Stakes in Turkish Elections

On October 1, Turkish Parliament resumed after summer recess and closed, defying...

Central Asian States Seek New Voice After UN Summit

The United Nations' World Summit on Sustainable Development ended in Johannesburg on...

Turkey Eyes European Union in Wave of Reforms

Amid Turkey's ongoing political and economic turmoil, which includes the recent resignation...

IMF Agenda Likely to Prevail in Post-Election Turkey

Ailing and forced into lame-duck status by a restive parliament, Turkish Prime...

Calling Early Elections, Turkey's Government Stalls fot Time

On November 3, Turks may vote to officially bring Prime Minister Bulent...

Ecevit's Crisis Highlights Turkey's Troubled Political Culture

When ailing Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said on July 12 that...

Turkish-Armenian Talks Could Change Caucasus

In signs of a possible geopolitical breakthrough in the Caucasus, Turkish, Armenian...

Turkey Raises Profile With New Afghanistan Role

As Hamid Karzai formally assumed his duties as Afghanistan's transitional president, a...

Turkish Foreign Policy Seeks New Tack

Turkey's senior officials have concentrated attention on Asia this spring. President Ahmed...

Kazakhstan Sees Benefit in Caspian Dialogue

Kazakhstan has long sought to balance its own agenda with a desire...