All Blog Posts Tagged 'Turkey' (60)

Turkish soccer supports Erdogan’s war against the Kurds

By James M. Dorsey

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party in forthcoming snap elections.

With armed Kurdish youth effectively taking control of at least one predominantly Kurdish city in south-eastern Turkey, Turkish war planes pounding Kurdistan…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 28, 2015 at 12:38am — No Comments

A Turkish stadium harbours a stark message for multiculturalism

By James M. Dorsey

A condemned Turkish stadium harbours a dark warning of the long-term consequences of ethnic cleansing or what Turks euphemistically call the population exchange almost a century ago when Turkey and Greece expelled their respective Greek and Turkish minorities.

It is a message that has not lost its urgency as Turkey fights multiple domestic and regional battles against the Kurds, the Islamic State (IS) and the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP)…

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Added by James M Dorsey on August 16, 2015 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese relations in a microcosm

By James M. Dorsey

 

Turkish soccer player Alpaslan Ozturk’s decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China’s ties to Turkey, its most complex relationship in the Muslim world and a key node on the Silk Road  that Beijing hopes to revive with massive investment in infrastructure across the Eurasian land mass.

 

In Mr. Ozturk’s case, two Chinese clubs could simply penalize the…

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Added by James M Dorsey on July 3, 2015 at 12:36am — No Comments

TransConflict - June 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during June, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by…

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Added by TransConflict on July 1, 2015 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Stadium construction: A political barometer

By James M. Dorsey

Politics is never divorced from sports, not even when it comes to the construction of stadia. Budgets however have recently thwarted plans in Turkey and Saudi Arabia to build a host of sporting facilities in a bid to either win votes or curry favour with youth and other segments of the population.

By contrast, Qatar despite the risk of posting its first budget deficit in 15 years, is moving full steam ahead with the construction of eight…

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Added by James M Dorsey on June 13, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

TransConflict - May 2015 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during May, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:…

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Added by TransConflict on June 1, 2015 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

By James M. Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism. In fact, the history of political violence mitigates in favour of recognizing it as a reflection of deep-seated social, economic and political problems -- rather than demonising it through terms like terrorism or evil.

Recent…

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Added by James M Dorsey on April 27, 2015 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Iraq Needs International Pressure, Unity to Stem Violence, Lawmaker Says

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Viola Gienger

Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian divisions, fueled by regional…

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Added by Viola Gienger on April 22, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Gulf Alliances: Regional States Hedge Their Bets

By James M. Dorsey

The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces

from gaining power symbolises the Gulf’s new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various

Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement rather than

replace the regional US security umbrella.



Qatar this month signed a military agreement with Turkey which gives the two parties the

right to deploy…

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Added by James M Dorsey on March 31, 2015 at 4:05am — No Comments

Study Fellowships to TURKEY

Rumi Forum is inviting eligible individuals on a study fellowship that incorporates a trip to Turkey with the mission of exploring social, economic, cultural, security and political issues in Turkey and the wider region May-June 2015.

You have the option of choosing:

 

  • Date 1: May 15 (departing US) - May 24 (departing Istanbul) 2015…
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Added by Richard T on February 2, 2015 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Turkish soccer body penalizes Kurdish club amid mounting tensions

By James M. Dorsey

A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decision to penalize a third tier soccer club in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for adopting a Kurdish name reflects mounting tension in south-eastern Turkey. The tension is fuelled by the realization that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to make major concessions before parliamentary elections this summer in peace talks to which both Turkey and Kurdish insurgents remain committed and alleged efforts by…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 17, 2015 at 12:16am — No Comments

Turkish soccer: Illiberal President Erdogan’s latest victim

By James M. Dorsey

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.

In a major blow to troubled Turkish soccer, Yildiz Holding, a conservative conglomerate known for its confectionary and biscuit business and close ties to Mr. Erdogan that is one of Turkey’s largest…

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Added by James M Dorsey on January 15, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

TransConflict - November 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during November, plus updates from the Global…
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Added by TransConflict on December 1, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Community Policing and Violent Extremism: Sharing Security Responsibility

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can also read the post on the USIP web site here.

By Shannon Zimmerman and Megan…
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Added by Viola Gienger on September 24, 2014 at 2:46pm — No Comments

The ninth GCCT newsletter

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TransConflict is pleased to…
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Added by TransConflict on September 18, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments

TransConflict - August 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during August, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:…

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Added by TransConflict on September 1, 2014 at 3:55pm — No Comments

TransConflict - July 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during July, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by…
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Added by TransConflict on August 1, 2014 at 6:11am — No Comments

TransConflict - June 2014 Review

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TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during June, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation…

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Added by TransConflict on July 1, 2014 at 4:20pm — No Comments

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