Perspectives

Could it be that the experience of the July 15 coup attempt, whether on the streets or through broadcast and social media, can be linked to national trauma and consequently PTSD?

There seems to be a dilemma in the relationship between Western mainstream media and democracy. On the one hand, these media outlets spend a lot of airtime and print space lecturing about the merits of democracy. On the other hand, the same organisations have a long history in whitewashing dictators in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Following the attempted takeover, markets opened without leading to any major speculation over Turkish assets as a result of the failed coup. However, most people claimed that the perception of political instability and the government’s reaction may have an adverse impact on macroeconomic stability in the long run.

After 18 years, the OVP-FPO coalition is back in power again in Austria. This coalition takes on greater importance nowadays as Austria will be taking over the EU presidency for six months on July 1, 2018.

As the elections’ results became known on Sunday evening, the outcome came as an ice-cold-shower for every pseudo-Western analyst and reporter who indulged in sloppy journalism and offered unbalanced and -- more often than not -- flagrant partisan accounts. However, the downcast feeling did not last long, and these commentators emerged to engage in yet another round of pre-emptive framing, so as it appeared, to obtain the narrativization advantage and drive a wedge between the different constituents of the Turkish society once again.

Turkey and Africa share many visions regarding their future and have mutually beneficial relationships

The Kurdish population in Southeast Turkey has been cornered between tribal rivalry and terrorism for over forty years. The PKK, a Kurdish third-wave leftist terrorist organization has killed thousands of civilians in the region, and injured even more since its initiation in 1978. A 2015 report shows the organization killing 7 thousand civilians from 1984 onwards in addition to Turkish security personnel.

Addis Ababa's recent decision to accept the EEBC ruling is a great opportunity for sustainable peace after two decades of conflict between the two neighbors. A peaceful settlement of this stalemate will yield positive dividends. It would solve the border frustration between the two states and increases cross-border trade between communities.

The Manbij operation is of significance for the region for two primary reasons: Turkey’s national security and humanitarian factors; i.e. providing much-needed relief aid for the locals.

Russia and Turkey have managed to build a pragmatic relationship despite diverging interests and a historical regional rivalry. It's in both countries interest that it survives past elections.

Over the past week, the US administration hit the headlines as photos and audio recordings of unaccompanied children in cages surfaced.

Bilateral relations between both countries share essential long term strategic security and trade ties. After the elections this relationship is set to continue.

Post-election Turkey provides a great opportunity for the country to move from an emerging economy, to a fully industrialised nation.

Turkey is a rising regional power that holds a crucial role in the Balkans; it has been working to bring peace and stability to the region through state and non-state institutions.

African migration is not likely to end any time soon as people continue to make the often dangerous journey towards Europe in search of a better life.

For many, Jerusalem signifies the clash of Israeli identity and Jewishness, as well as between Israelis and Palestinians but also between the Israeli right wing and the left wing, the ultra-orthodox and the seculars, the liberal activists and the religious-Zionist settlers.

Critics have said that the Hindutva sentiment that Modi cultivates has been a major source for his success. This is only partly the answer. So what has made Modi so different from his predecessors? It’s the persona more than the party.

In most cases Western news outlets resorted to sanitization of these atrocities, if not masking, through the use of blame-shift strategies and other defensive mechanisms, which avoid pointing the finger at Israel, and downplay or simply ignore any agency on its part.

Western news reporting of the early elections in Turkey tends to be biased, sensationalist, and at times, borderline defamatory.

In order to preserve its political and economic power in the region in the wake of hostile developments around the country, Turkey began to search for other mechanisms to wield its influence. As a result, Turkey has found itself launching military bases in Qatar and Somalia and military intervention in Syria.

The shine on Russian president Vladimir Putin’s honeymoon, after his landslide victory in the March elections, appears to be coming to be dulling.

The self-serving policies of global trade giants may provide a small window of opportunity for developing nations to improve their own global competitiveness.

It is not the first time Jerusalem sits at the centre of a political contestation though. It has changed hands 44 times, been besieged 23 times and destroyed to the ground twice throughout its history.

The true motivation behind Addis Ababa's recent diplomatic efforts in the region, however, is to stop the imminent loss of its dominant role.

Trump’s decision to move embassy to Jerusalem has only strengthened Russia’s desire to showcase more power as an acknowledged mediator. What are the main reasons for this grave Russian concern for the U.S.’ Jerusalem decision and seeking immediate resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Israel is alarmed at the increasing Iranian presence in Syria once more, especially after the trilateral summit between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, and it seems to be turning to the self-help option at a time the U.S. announced its intentions to leave Syria.

So what does it mean to be Syrian? What does it mean to have lived through the past seven years, experiencing the development of breaking news, from "live shots fired at protesters", to "one person killed by a sniper", to full on-massacres - until breaking news no longer existed as a concept?

Turkey is a member of NATO but some NATO and European countries haven't backed its operation in Syria's Afrin. Are the dissenting countries fearful of Turkey's role in the Middle East?

If Facebook wants to maintain its status as the world's biggest social media network it will need to rebuild trust, yes, but more importantly it will need to share a piece of the pie.

International actors remain silent on the escalating violence between Saudi and Iranian proxies in Yemen, while Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman hides behind the reforms that the country has undergone recently.

Turkish-Greek relations have always revolved around historical facts as well as myths, which still dominate the political spectrum. A sense of historical rivalry, combined with the Ottoman legacy led to a never-ending competition between the two countries. In this competition, the only difference is Turkey proved more successful than Greece in terms of its economic and military power since the establishment of the Turkish Republic.

The African continent has been popping up on the agenda of Israeli policymakers frequently in recent years. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used to tweet photos showing the hospitality of African leaders, Israeli newspapers speak of Israel’s return to Africa.

The classical understanding of the Cold War is over, and the world has entered a new political era. However, the rules of the game remain the same. Russia's attempt to challenge the U.S.-led unipolar world system in post-Cold War era seems to unite Western countries against the old enemy.

As the leaders in the region were busy scheduling their meetings with Kim, the world woke up to a new picture where China’s President Xi Jinping was shaking hands with Kim Jong Un. Later, it turned out that Kim had made a secret two-day visit to Beijing upon Xi’s invitation.s

India and South Africa, both emerging economic powers, share a ticking time bomb of a problem: not only are they more likely to experience climate change, but they’re also more likely to experience its worst effects, thanks to incredibly high income inequality levels.

Past US administrations have made substantial investments to unlock Africa’s potential to be a powerhouse of future growth. However with Donald Trump in office for a little over a year, the US has shown little interest in the future of US-Africa relations.

Mexican President Pena Nieto is being challenged from the right and the left, and with rampant crime and corruption laid at his feet, the Mexican elections are ripe for newcomers.

The possible meeting between U.S. President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim that is planned for the near future could be a sign of better policies on the Korean Peninsula if established on realistic terms.

Successive governments have failed to reduce poverty and ensure income security for the massive portion of the Indian population employed in farming. Depending on which figures you read anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of the Indian workforce is directly or indirectly employed in the agricultural sector.

Gas reserves on the eastern Mediterranean have sparked a major dispute between Lebanon and Israel. Talk of war is an exaggeration not only because the two countries stand to gain so much, but because global players would be party to the dispute.

What has been unfolding in Syria is very reminiscent of a time in near history, in which the international community was rendered useless

It is no coincidence that Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Turkey’s sovereign credit rating from Ba1 to Ba2 soon after Turkey launched a military operation in Afrin against the YPG, the Syrian affiliate of the PKK terrorist organisation.

Notes from the diary of a Turkish soldier, who fought in Gallipoli, tell us how brutal the Great War was on the other side – the side which was stereotyped as “the sick man of Europe.”

Crimea has a prominent place in every Turkish heart, regardless of political background. It was the ancestors of Turkic people who conquered and Turkified the Crimean Peninsula in the late 13th century. Two-hundred years after the Golden Horde, the Ottomans began ruling the peninsula for the next 300 years from 1475 onward. This is how Crimea became a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, giving the Ottomans authority to appoint the Crimean khan. However, Ottoman supremacy came to an end with the defeat of the Ottoman navy during the Turco-Russian war (1768-1774), which lead the way for Russia to enter the Crimean Peninsula.

March 15 marks seven years since the beginning of the Syrian war. The European Union’s response to dealing with the humanitarian crisis has divided and created tensions among its members, leaving refugees to face legal and social challenges.

The international community, as well as Western media outlets, have jumped to the conclusion that Turkey’s counter-terrorism operation in Afrin is nothing more than a strategic move to display Turkish hard power. These fallacious assumptions not only misrepresent the objective of Operation Olive Branch but also challenge Turkey’s right to defend its territorial sovereignty.

The upcoming November 2019 presidential election has once more underpinned political polarization and the struggle between political parties in the country. The political strategies of parties from different blocs either overlap or have clashed. In this politically tense atmosphere, Turkey has observed rapprochement between ideologically close political parties.

Putin's victory in this year's election is not in doubt. But what will the future Russia look like as the country enters into a third decade of Putinocracy?

Relations between Germany and Turkey—and by extension the EU—are unlikely to improve as the new coalition government in Germany takes shape

Historically, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) were identified as one of the most significant institutions, if it was not the most, within the Turkish domestic and international political sphere. Turkey was formed under the strong modernist perspective of Turkish military cadres. However, after the consolidation of the power of civil politics in Turkey during the Justice and Development Party (JDP) era, TAF became the primary foreign policy instrument of the state after once being its sole determinant.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are at loggerheads over sharing the Nile's water. Recently, the three countries failed to reach an agreement on the impact assessment of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam (GRD) – a controversial project Ethiopia has been building since 2011 to create electricity. At 6,850-kilometers long, the Nile is world's longest river, providing valuable freshwater for agriculture, domestic use and industrial proposes to both Egypt and Sudan. Eighty-five percent of the water comes from the Blue Nile, which has its headwaters in Ethiopia, while the remaining 15 percent come from the White Nile from Lake Victoria. Both rivers meet in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Just ahead of Turkey's Operation Olive Branch, Russia started withdrawing its military assets from Afrin, allowing Turkish jets to conduct airstrikes over the airspace

Summer 2015 saw the fixation of international media outlets upon "Europe's Migrant Crisis". It was the largest wave of mass-migration that Europe has faced since the end of the Second World War. Al-Jazeera instigated a debate about the media coverage of people crossing the Mediterranean to seek a life in Europe; many prominent media outlets followed suit. This led to a general consensus that the media has a humanitarian responsibility to define the correct terminology used in the rhetoric.

Cash transfers could be a solution to helping achieve sustainable success for Syrian refugees.

Turkey's defensive military offensive, Operation Olive Branch, started officially with heavy shelling of PKK/YPG positions in Afrin by 72 Turkish jets symbolising the 72 soldiers killed in action during the country's last operation inside Syrian territory, Operation Euphrates Shield.

Imran Khan promises to be different from his predecessors if chosen to lead, but his ability to govern and his party's achievements in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region are contested. Yet he's confident about winning the upcoming national elections.

Germany, as the most important economic power within the European Union, has been taking more responsibility in certain situations, especially when it comes to crisis management and foreign policies that involve shared interests of all 28 member states. Germany's response to the collapse of the Iran nuclear deal can be seen as a reflection of the nation's commitment to international governance/cooperation and economic interest in the region.

The far-right movement is increasing in the European political sphere, and the EU, which was once critical of it, seems to recognize it as it as the new norm

With Trump's America increasingly erratic towards its southern neighbour, is it time for Mexico to explore new alliances?

Gulf countries are increasingly divided about the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In a complex regional environment are the splits beyond repair?

The Atilla case, which is one of the most followed cases currently in the U.S. has its roots to the attempted judiciary coups against the elected government by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) in December 2013

Turkey is a member of NATO but some NATO and European countries haven't backed its operation in Syria's Afrin. Are the dissenting countries fearful of Turkey's role in the Middle East?

Putin has announced that he will contest the 2018 presidential election. In Russia today, Putin is in the house, and the house always wins.

The aura of invincibility around Merkel has been shattered. Can she bring together a workable coalition to stop Germany from falling deeper into crisis?

Child refugees fleeing war, abuse and poverty face significant challenges upon their arrival in European countries

Mohammad bin Salman's rise to power, and his adventurist leadership is dangerously escalating the Saudi-Iran battle for hegemony in the Middle East.

Somalis have always struggled against occupying forces, but this time there is another enemy for them, al-Shabaab, which perpetrates deadly attacks across the country

A new manual for the Gulf is emerging as the stalemate between the Saudi-led bloc and Qatar pushes countries in the region to form new alliances.

Turkey's engagement policy in Africa is effective and fruitful, paving the way for a new era in bilateral relations between Africa and Turkey

If Kuwait and other mediating countries cannot make a breakthrough soon its unclear how the summit can even take place. What is clear is that it will take a long time for the people and the governments of the Gulf to trust each other again.