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Sotiris Roussos is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Political Science and IR of the University of Peloponnese and Head of the Centre for Middle East, Mediterranean and Islamic Studies (CEMMIS), www.cemmis.edu.gr We discussed about the ravaging civil war in Syria, the nuclear ordeal of Iran, the Kurdish issue, Cyrpus, and the stalling EU adhesion… » read more

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Tens of thousands of Kurds of Syria fled to Iraq last week, being added to the massive numbers of refugees quitting the country. The borders were until lately blocked due to political and diplomatic tensions but the outflows could not be controlled after the massacre taking place in Damascus and other cities where Kurds were… » read more

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After the harsh shift in the peaceful manifestations in Taksim Square against the construction of a commercial mall and the bloody outcome, both sides have lost control in every possible respect. International media rushed to depict the image of a suppresive and under-developed “democracy” in Turkey with a political regime that infringes human rights and… » read more

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Israel is considering itself as the only democratic power in Middle East. The state that keeps the credos of the Western civilization and endeavors to secure peace in the region. The Arab threat and the entire risk of military escalation is always present, especially when dealing with the Palestinian issue. A significant support towards peace… » read more

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Turkey is a robust country, a pivotal player in the entire region which encompasses the Middle East, the Southeastern Mediterranean basin, and the Balkans. It always had a special role in these three areas due to the long-held historical, political, cultural, and economic ties and relations. Lately, Turkey has achieved to unleash a fundamental geopolitical… » read more

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The discussion over the future of Turkey inside the EU has been stalled for years. Any development has been scheduled for the years to come, but with no specific plan nor prediction for the membership bid. Finally, should Turkey be member-state of the EU or not?

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Turkey in 2030

The US National Intelligence Council latest report claims that a possible formation of Kurdistan, including territories of Syria, Iraq and Iran, may affect Turkey’s unity in the upcoming years. This is a well-founded estimation that somebody should take into account and interpret in a relevant manner in terms of geopolitics and regional stability.

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Erdoğan’s AKP has proposed to the Turkish Parliament the guidelines for the establishment of a presidential system – a major initiative that is aimed to alter the entire political system of Turkey that since independence in the 1930s its was running under the parliamentary model. If the plan is accepted, Erdoğan can aspire for an… » read more

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Cyprus, 38 years later

The Committe of the Missing People is set in front of the biggest mass grave in the Turkish-occupied territory of Cyprus, according to information provided by the Cypriot daily Liberal. The first bone remnants have started to be collected being attributed to killed and captured Greek-Cypriot soldiers that had been trapped when the defensive frontline… » read more

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Shaykh Nazim is one of the most recognized spirutial figures of Sufism being referred as one of the “Prophets” of the Islamic world. He is Turkish-Cyrpiot and he lives in Lefke in the North part of Cyprus. Lately his homeplace has been the center of a growing flow of pilgrims that visit him in order… » read more

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