Blog posts June 2018

Energy Security as an ‘unsafe’ Concept

Energy security is a concept that is not just used, but also heavily abused by governments. Academic research on security as a broad term and energy security as a specialist subfield acknowledges its limited ability in defining it, describing it as a mere ‘speech act’ whereby something becomes ‘…

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Strategic Implications of the Ilisu Dam

After 12 years under construction, Turkey’s Ilısu Dam will soon begin storing Tigris River water. At 24 million cubic meters, its concrete faced rock-fill body is reportedly the largest of its kind in the world and second in Turkey only to Atatürk Dam on the Euphrates River. The reservoir will s…

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The New “Great Game”: What Awaits Us?

The game-changers in today’s world has coincided with the emergence of US President Donald Trump’s erratic administration, which is pursuing goals that are completely detached from those of Europe generally. Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, combined with Russian President Vladimir P…

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US/Turkey Relations

In Turkey’s 24 June elections, President Erdoğan has won both enhanced presidency and a coalition majority in parliament that also comprises Turkish nationalist as well. It remains to be seen to what extent the consequences of Turkey’s elections will touch upon the relations between Turkey and t…

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Russian-Turkish Relations Need A Stronger Foundation

Relations between Russia and Turkey have always been and will continue to be a controversial subject. For both countries, this is a very special relationship; it contains a lot of emotions, mythology, prejudices, uneasy legacies of the past and sometimes unrealistic hopes for the future. The gla…

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Sibel Karabel, Editor of Strategist Magazine, has conducted interview with WISE MEN Board Member and Kültür University Faculty Member Ambassador Oğuz Çelikkol

Sibel KARABEL: Turkey has been through an election period recently. Regarding Turkey’s future in this context, how would you assess the new governments’ foreign policy priorities? In addition to this, what do you think Turkey will face as main foreign policy issues in this era?

I think Sy…

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The Tenets of Turkish Foreign Policy After 24 June Elections

With a decisive victory of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the first round of the presidential elections held on June 24, 2018, Turkey ushered into a new era in terms of the country’s political system as well. Turkey has opted out the parliamentary system and adopted the executive presidential system of…

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Turkey and NATO in Retrospect: Hard to Classify as a “Win-Win” Relationship

Turkey is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since February 1952. Most of the allied countries, and the United States in particular, have long seen Turkey as their “staunch ally” thanks to its significant contributions to the security and defense of the West against the th…

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Dear Readers

We are pleased to introduce the second issue of The Strategist Journal to our readers and subscribers. The Strategist as well as its Turkish version ‘Strategist’ aims at analyzing current international agenda with a scientific approach. Considering the turbulent and dynamic nature of the interna…

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