Archive | October, 2015

Turkey-just when you think it can’t get any worse

Less than 48 hours before police raided two private television channels belonging to one of Turkey’s largest companies, the latest target of a highly questionable legal investigation, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu  addressed the country’s leading businessmen: “Let’s turn Istanbul into a safe investment harbour with our democracy and judicial system. People who invest money here […]

Turkey- how far can it muddle along?

The greater the need for Turkey to make reasoned strategic adjustments to its Syria policy, the more befuddled its policies have become. With the geopolitical realities in the region changing rapidly, Turkey’s rationale and rhetoric are remaining roughly the same. Only the jargon seems to be changing. Nowadays, the new buzz-word is “cocktail”. Not surprisingly, […]

If not so tragic, government’s response to the Ankara attack would be farcical

 After the worst attack of its kind in the country, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been displaying an incredible lack of grip and seriousness. Mr Davutoglu has been making a few inaccurate remarks recently and I was inclined to blame them on the “bad advice” he may have received or to dismiss them as […]

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Further Convoluted by Russia

Russia’s air campaign in Syria has turned Turkey’s neighbourhood into a more of a tinderbox than ever. Russia has already raised stakes by its first ever use of cruise missiles fired from the Caspian Sea and by its repeated incursions of Turkish airspace. Together with the Al-Assad regime’s major ground offensive in central areas of […]

Russia may be the most potent game-changer in Syria

While Turkey is drifting further into instability at home, the number of foreign policy challenges facing the country in an increasingly unstable region is growing each day. Russia’s recent military actions in Syria, likely to escalate tensions in the Middle East, will definitely complicate matters for Turkey. Reports of hundreds of Iranian troops arriving to […]