Erdogan on a Plane

10 07 2017

Preisdent Erdoğan of Turkey, on a plane.

Erdogan on a Plane

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Dire Prospects for Turkey at Christmas

22 12 2013

Category; Middle East, Politics

PM Erdogan

It’s not just the birds that should be wary this Christmas; all hell is about break loose in Turkey. That may sound overdramatic, but it’s really how things look.

For a while Turkey was the good news story of the Islamic world; prosperous, democratic and a showcase for the incorporation of Islam into political life. But no more. Read the rest of this entry »





Headlines or Progress

31 07 2010

Category; Politics

Diplomatic instruction manuals will need a new chapter after David Cameron’s speeches in Turkey and India. He has introduced an entirely new diplomatic gambit.

It’s a curious way to behave – you criticise your ally on the soil of another that ally they are in dispute with.

No doubt Pakistan is worthy of criticism for links between the Taleban and ISI; that criticism could have been made in a speech in the UK, in a neutral space like the UN or even in Afghanistan.

To go out of your way to do it on the territory of their traditional rival India may be bold, but it doesn’t seem very constructive. The main thing you succeed in doing is putting their backs up and making them act defensively rather than in an engaged and constructive way.

Is he seeking to make headlines or progress? Read the rest of this entry »