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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
In the same hours President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was walking out of a relatively positive sit-down with EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, a harsh resolution to condemn the violence of Erdoğan’s security personnel against protestors last week in Washington was voted in at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. One step forward, two steps back.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent visit to Washington has become an immaculate manifestation of how little Turkey is aware of the current political reality of the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to give a green light to liberate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stronghold of Raqqa in cooperation with a Syrian Kurdish militia came as a blow to Turkey-U.S. ties ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the White House next week.
Advocating Turkey’s membership of the European Union used to be a strategic vision of all past U.S. administrations - both Democratic and Republican – especially since late 1980s. The U.S. pushed the view that Turkey’s loyalty to the West during the Cold War needed to be rewarded with deeper European integration, taking on board some Atlanticists in high places in Europe in promoting this idea
U.S. President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm to call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to congratulate him over his referendum victory on day one raised quite many eyebrows in Washington.
I have known Safeen Dizayee for almost 18 years, since his days as the Ankara representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
Relations between Turkey and the West have never been easy since the fall of the Soviet Union, but they’ve got even worse after the so-called Arab Spring.
During primetime on the eve of March 8 International Women’s Day, many TV channels aired a lengthy advert for a company, showing working rural women and men talking about hot potato gender topics in Turkey.
In recent days there have been crucial developments in the U.S. capital. Some of these will have direct effects and some will have indirect effects on Turkish-American ties.
Last week marked quite a surge in diplomatic traffic between Turkish and American high-level officials. Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işik met Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial Meeting in Brussels.
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