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New policies, old attitudes; The Cyprus factor in Turkey’s EU accession

Jan 31, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

In 2004, Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos urged his people to vote “no” on a settlement plan for Cyprus proposed by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan – and that action has brought about unprecedented results. First, it helped Turkey improve its negative image on the issue. Turkey had been viewed as an obstacle to unification, but when it proposed a plan last week to lift economic restrictions on Cyprus, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations supported it. Ankara’s plan includes opening Turkish Cypriot air and seaports to international trade while allowing the Greek Cypriot ships and planes the access to the Turkish territory.

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Westernizing Tehran; Turkey should help U.S. with diplomatic engagement

Jan 24, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Forget for a moment about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s preposterous threats against Israel, and ask: If former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani were to be elected, would it change the regime’s nuclear ambition? The short answer is “no.” The long answer could outline their different styles. But if the end result is the same, the United States needs to stop painting Mr. Ahmadinejad as if he is a new threat.

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Pushing Turkey away; Learning the right lessons of the war

Jan 17, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito, President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court, reminded me of the negotiations between the United States and Turkey over opening a northern front into Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Now, I’m not comparing Judge Alito to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but both men do have critics with similar concerns.

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European secularism; Where does Turkey fit in?

Jan 10, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When President Bush talks about Iraq, he emphasizes the spread of democracy as key to fighting terrorism. He has described his resolve to fight radical Islamists in religious terms, but he has stopped short of characterizing it as a war between Christendom and Islam. “It should be clear to all that Islam – the faith of one-fifth of humanity – is consistent with democratic rule,” Mr. Bush has said. But the president chose not to talk about secularism, which is necessary to a functioning democracy.

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U.S.-Turkey checkpoint; America’s intentions for the Kurds

Jan 6, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Bush recently admitted, “The work in Iraq has been especially difficult – more difficult than we expected.” Would it be less difficult if the Turks allowed U.S. troops to cross the border from Turkey to Northern Iraq? In March, on the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, “Given the level of the insurgency today, two years later, clearly, if we had been able to get the 4th Infantry Division in from the north through Turkey, more of the Iraqi Saddam Hussein Ba’athist regime would have been captured or killed.”

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