Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ukraine crisis: What‘s next?

Re-posting my March, 2014 article on Ukrainian crisis. This piece was originally published by REF/RL, Radio Azadlig. The three and half-months-old crisis in Ukraine escalated last weekend with Russia’s invasion of its next-door neighbor, according to the US officials. Fortunately, there has been no violence or bloodshed yet, but there is great uncertainty about whether […]



Roza Otunbayeva to the world dictators: “You cannot stop democracy…”

Re-publishing my interview with Central Asia’s first female president Roza Otunbayeva. This piece was originally published by In the heart of Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East people are watching with solidarity as events unfold in the Arab world. But even before the events in Tunisia set off the “Arab Spring”, there was another […]

Can Turkey and Israel reconcile their differences?

Re-publishing my December, 2011 article on Turkey-Israel relationship. This piece was originally published by SETimes Yildirim Tugrul Turkes wonders what the Middle East would be like today if Israel and Turkey, two longtime allies in the region, hadn’t experienced the tragic May 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla raid. “It’s hard to see how our nations are […]



Quiet Diplomacy: Why the US Fails to Protect Human Rights in South Caucasus?

Re-posting my January, 2014 article published by Meydan TV Earlier this month I had a chance to attend a Congressional hearing where I listened to a few very interesting speeches on the US’ stance to protect human rights in the greater Eurasia region. Washington’s policy of “quiet diplomacy” towards post-soviet authoritarianisms has been severely criticized […]

Authoritarian Leaders’ Obsession with Davos

Re-posting my February, 2014 article on authoritarian leaders’ obsession with Davos. This content was originally published by Meydan TV. Davos is the annual meeting of the most powerful people in the world, which constitutes a major networking opportunity as well as chances for leaders to project themselves, their countries and/or organizations, according to its supporters. […]