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Turkey’s Western ways; Europeans and Muslims are skeptical

Oct 28, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last Thursday, while the European Union began its process of assessing Turkey’s compatibility with EU law, the U.N. investigative report on the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri came out, concluding that the Syrians played a high-level role in the bombing.

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Turkey’s neighborly interests; Thinking ahead on Iran, Iraq, Syria

Oct 19, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Iraq’s fledgling democracy edged forward with the successful vote on the draft constitution, completed on one of the least violent days since Saddam Hussein’s regime ended. Cheered by the outcome, President Bush reiterated that the United States would stay the course in Iraq. But it’s still unclear whether this constitution is the right roadmap to protect the country’s territorial integrity and national identity. It is a positive step, but it is just as important to stay focused on the challenges to building a stable, united Iraq and a stable Middle East that launches its own fight against radical Islamists.

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Iraq’s vote and the region’s future; Turkey anxiously watches its southern neighbor

Oct 11, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

In less than four days, Iraqis will vote on their draft constitution. Like the first Saddam Hussein -free election, many thought it would never happen, but it’s real. Amid the bombings and suicide attacks, the new Iraq is moving forward. The question is, where will it go?
In Ankara, senior Turkish government officials say that anything less than success in Iraq will not only affect Iraq’s future, but the entire region. “In Iraq, there is no peace without victory,” President Bush said last week at the National Endowment for Democracy. “We will keep our nerve, and we shall win that victory.” But what exactly is victory in Iraq? Has the strength of the insurgency prompted any concession in terms of Iraq’s territorial integrity, or is dividing it an option now?

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Uniting Turkey, the EU; Partnership in the making since 1963

Oct 4, 2005 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

After long, nerve-wrecking, last-minute negotiations, the European Union backed away from the precipice last night when Turkey’s accession talks formally kicked off in Luxembourg.
Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel believed his country represented a European majority in opposing Turkey’s entrance into the talks. Though 24 members agreed, and in December Turkey was told it met the criteria to move forward, Austrians think it is nearly impossible to integrate into the EU a poor and populous country, culturally and religiously different than the Europeans. Or at least that was what held them back until yesterday.

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