Category: Analysis

Erdogan’s Best Shot is still in the West

Turkish-American relations have witnessed several crises since the beginning of their partnership under the Truman Doctrine. Washington’s reluctance to provide economic help to the Menderes government in the late 1950s, Johnson’s letter of 1964,...

Is the ‘ASEAN Way’ the Way to ASEAN Security?

Established in 1967, the effectiveness of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)1 as a regional security institution in addressing traditional security issues has been  subject to continuing debate among policy makers, academics and...

The Role of Public Opinion in Foreign Policy

The issue of public opinion and its influence in foreign policy has been a matter of dispute between scholars of different schools of thought. The theoretical and empirical disagreement centres upon the ‘nature’ and...

The Proxy Warfare in Syria

It has been seven years since the beginning of the Syrian civil war. When the Arab uprisings spread throughout Syria, it was not thought that the peaceful protests would turn into one of the...

Changing Dynamics of Democracy

Democracy is now consıdered to be the best administrative system in the world. This is principally is because, with democratic regimes, there are systemic precautions to prevent rulers acting in an autocratic manner towards...

The Ankara Axis of Turkish Foreign Policy

Heated debates about the direction of Turkish foreign policy have taken place recently. They began when Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Center at the Washington Institute, published articles in The Wall Street...