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Oil and the Straits of Hormuz; The U.S.-Iran confrontation and energy prices

Dec 26, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Bush has decided to delay publicly outlining his new Iraq strategy until next month. In many ways, the new plan will represent a more difficult decision than the initial call to go to war in Iraq. Even
Mr. Bush has been forced to admit that post-Saddam Hussein Iraq has not turned out as expected. Mr. Bush is also buying time for the Iraqi factions Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kurds to figure out whether they can move closer to agreeing on national reconciliation efforts and trying to create a little space for newly minted Defense Secretary Robert Gates to assume his new role.

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‘Unfair to Turkey’; EU accession talks falling apart

Dec 19, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Last week, the European Union decided to slow its accession talks with Turkey, further proving its status as the champion of delaying big decisions. If EU leaders and the European people conclude that Turkey is not part of European history, culture and geography, and that it is hopeless to expect a majority Muslim nation to exist in concert with Western-style democracy, Turkey will have invested in a four-decade process to no avail.

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Post-Saddam Iraq; No news not good news from Baker report

Dec 12, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Iraq Study Group report states the obvious: “The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating .. There is no magic formula to solve the problem of Iraq .. Chaos in Iraq could perhaps spark a broader regional war .. Pessimism is pervasive.” Yet from a Turkish perspective, the situation is promising.

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Benedict in Turkey; Papal visit tries to heal geopolitical breach

Dec 5, 2006 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Watching Pope Benedict XVI touring Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Haghia Sofia museum last week, I wished his visit to those grandiose monuments of Christianity and Islam had been marked by the sound of ringing bells and the azan simultaneously.

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