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Turkey and the PKK threat; Distortions over treatment of the Kurds

Mar 27, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Next month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may travel to Turkey for an international conference primarily aimed at helping Iraq’s security situation. There is no better place for such a meeting than Turkey, the only country that has been accused of invading Iraq as frequently as the Iranian and Syrian incursions over the last four years.

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Turks then, now and tomorrow; As elections draw near, history and reality come into play

Mar 20, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

DATELINE: ANKARA, Turkey

Four years ago, President Bush portrayed the war in Iraq as the latest front in the “global democratic revolution” led by the United States. Today, hardly anyone remains hopeful that Iraq will turn into a pro-Western democracy like Japan or Germany. The idea that “freedom leads to peace” has proven too simplistic in envisioning such a gigantic change for the Middle East. And little attention has been paid to how Iraq’s experience has impacted Turkey, the only democratic neighboring country with a Muslim population.

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Dealing with Islam; Searching for ways to isolate bin Ladenists

Mar 13, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

It’s impossible to know for sure whether the next big thing in Iraq will be a full-scale civil war or a security buildup, but one thing is certain: The United States faces an enormous challenge in communicating effectively with the Muslim world. Westerners are constantly exposed to stories of violence in the Middle East, from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to Lebanon to Iraq. In this trap of conflicts, it would be easy for non-Muslims to assume that the teachings of Islam encourage behavior that is uncivilized and immoderate to say the least. When violent unrest and injustice becomes the lasting credo of Muslim streets, reactionaries prevail.

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Turkey’s paranoia; Americans, Kurds and Iraqis’ identity

Mar 6, 2007 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When I interviewed Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England a year ago, my questions and his answers reflected absolutely contradictory perceptions of the U.S.-Turkey relationship. At one point, he asked, “Can I ask you a question: what is the paranoia that you have about the U.S.-Turkish relationship?”

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