Americas

Why Biden must not fall for Erdogan’s promised reforms – The National

Just a month ago the leading think tank, European Council on Foreign Relations, was bemoaning the lack of cards in the bloc’s hand to play against the Turkish leader. The Europeans stand frustrated and apparently impotent in front of his expansionist power projects both at sea in the Mediterranean and conflict zones from Libya to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Why then is Mr Erdogan appearing to give ground?

His shake-up of his economic team this week was an uncharacteristic concession. Mr Erdogan engineered the exit of his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as finance and treasury minister. The Turkish President has also promised to shake up his country’s institutions and enact judicial reforms.

“Turkey today is to radical Islamism what Saudi Arabia was in the 20th century” – American Enterprise Institute

“Every dictator wakes upwondering if today could be his last” states Michael Rubin for TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Evangelos D. Kokkinos forpentapostagma.gr. The respected analyst of AmericanEnterprise Institute (AEI) and former Pentagon official, analyzes what thechanges of the political landscape in the USA will bring to US-Turkeyrelations and the consequences that they …

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Pompeo’s unusual visit and the dire state of Turkey-US relations – Arab News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Turkey this week as part of his seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East. The nature of the visit and his remarks ahead of it had caused intense debate. Throughout his regional tour, Pompeo has met with top officials, but Turkey, a NATO ally, has been the only exception. No meeting took place between Pompeo and any Turkish official during his visit to the country.

Turkey’s Crisis with the West: How a New Low in Relations Risks Paralyzing NATO – War on the Rocks

NATO’s most important challenge today may not come from Russia, but from within. With the number of disputes between Turkey and several European allies yet again on the rise, the two parties’ souring relations have begun undermining the organization’s cohesion and ability to make timely collective decisions. If left unaddressed, these tensions could cause serious …

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How Trump’s team appeased Turkey up until its final months in office – The Jerusalem Post

Washington’s unwillingness to take Turkey seriously years ago led to Ankara hosting Hamas terrorists, and empowered Ankara’s threats against Armenia, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, the UAE and other countries, rampaging among US allies and radicalizing extremists who target minorities in Syria and target France.  One lesson from it all is that if the US wants to deal with Turkey it needs to get Turkey to actually do something for the US as a trade off, and not just give Ankara everything it wants while Ankara works to sabotage US policy and work with terrorists. 

The death of Ayman al-Zawahri and the future of al-Qaida – Brookings Institute

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri may be dead or at least appears to be “completely off the grid,” according to journalist and veteran jihadi-watcher Hassan Hassan. These reports come at the same time as the killing of another very senior al-Qaida leader, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in Tehran, reportedly by Israeli agents at the behest of the …

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A Sense of Foreboding in Ankara – The German Marshall Fund of the United States

There is a sense of foreboding in Ankara regarding Joe Biden’s presidency. Presidents Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appeared to be kindred spirits and Trump went a long way in protecting Ankara against the bipartisan consensus in Congress to sanction Turkey. The government in Ankara will have a long list of expectations from the …

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Top US diplomat begins difficult tour of Europe and Middle East – The Irish Excaminer

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has discussed global challenges with members of a Paris think tank at the start of a seven-country tour of Europe and the Middle East. The top US diplomat’s travels are certain to be awkward since all the nations on his schedule have congratulated president-elect Joe Biden for winning the …

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Turkey fines Google $25.6 mln for breaching competition law – Hurriyet Daily News

Previously, the Competition Board opened an investigation upon a complaint that the tech giant abused its position to give an unfair edge to some companies.

The board ruled that Google breached the law by complicating organic search results in the content services market by placing text ads intensively and uncertainly at the top of the general search results, according to information received by Anadolu Agency.

Europe Hopes Biden Will Reset on Iran and Tame Turkey – The German Marshall Fund of the United States

[…] In pre-Trump times, disputes between Turkey and Greece were typically resolved by a firm U.S. hand, most recently in 1996 when frenetic shuttle diplomacy by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke diffused the risk of military escalation. Over the last couple of years, however, long-standing disputes in Aegean Sea morphed into a complex bundle of intersected conflicts involving various sovereignty issues, gas exploration, the Libyan civil war, and broader geopolitical dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the face of this metastasizing challenge directly involving two of its member states, the EU has been scrambling over the best strategy to get Turkey in line without putting at risk the 2016 migration deal with Ankara or the integrity of NATO.

Concerned over any erosion of NATO’s ability to deter Russia, the Biden administration might seek to take a more hands-on approach on the conflict between Athens and Ankara in the context of a reviewed Turkey policy. Biden’s advisors have underlined the resolution of the Eastern Mediterranean quagmire as a fundamentally transatlantic problem that must be tackled jointly. […]

Pompeo’s Failure to See Erdogan on Turkey Trip Seen as a Snub – Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Michael Pompeo won’t meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or other government leaders when he visits Turkey next week, a highly unusual situation that U.S. officials chalked up to scheduling conflicts and Turkish officials considered an insult. U.S. officials briefing reporters Friday on Pompeo’s 10-day, seven-nation trip said he wants …

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Greece’s extended airspace claim not in line with international law, US State Dept says – Daily Sabah

The U.S. contested Greece’s claims about its airspace extending up to 10 nautical miles, noting that it does not coincide with international law. A report was prepared for Congress as part of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act upon Greece’s request for a list of alleged violations by Turkish fighter jets, but the …

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