Interview with the Founder and Director-General of Centre for Strategic Research & Analysis (CESRAN) Mr. Ozgur Tufekci.
– How would you rate the presidential elections in Azerbaijan?
Azerbaijan has experienced tough times after the collapse of the Soviet Union along with the other post-Soviet states. Like human beings, states are also born, grown-up, get aged and die. According to this example, Oxumağa davam et Ozgur Tufekci: Armenia’s move towards the Customs Union may become a drive for Georgia and Azerbaijan in order to declare their sides
Interview with Washington DC based Turkish analyst, contributor of “Foreign Policy” magazine and Director of “Sidar Global Advisors” company Cenk Sidar.
1. What is your general opinion about the Arab Spring and how it has changed the geopolitical situation in the Middle East?
The Arab revolutions have shifted the fault lines in the region. If we focus on the fight for democracy that these societies undertook to topple their authoritarian regimes, it is surely a positive development. However, the final product is uncertain; after sweeping away their dictators, these countries face potential chaos. In short, it is too early to make a final judgment. But given the current landscape, it is difficult to be optimistic and expect a full transition into democracy in the region. Oxumağa davam et Turkey’s key role in the Middle East (Interview)
Among the greatest disappointments in this year’s NAM Summit in Tehran was the conspicuous absence of the Turkish leadership. As a major trading partner of Iran, and a rising star among emerging powers, many expected Turkey to take the gathering – which focused on Iran’s nuclear program and the Syrian crisis – much more seriously – or, at least, not to de-facto ‘boycott’ it so ostentatiously.
None of the ‘big three’ Turks – from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogen to the President Abdullah Gül and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu – attended the world’s second largest gathering of nation-states. What makes such absence highly controversial is the fact that all of these men used to traverse the Iranian territory in the warm embrace of Iran’s welcoming leadership, buoyant markets, and investment-starved energy resources. Oxumağa davam et Iran-Turkey Relations: More Rivalry, Less Friendship