The June 24 parliamentary and presidential elections are one of the most critical elections in the political history of the Turkish Republic. The results of the polls will have long-lasting systemic effects. Turkey's governing system and structure are transforming into an executive presidency where the popularly elected president will have command of almost all aspects of critical policy areas including foreign policy and national security. Bureaucratic institutions will be redesigned, and the officials that are appointed by the president will play a more central role in decision-making and implementation. There will be a more centralized and integrated framework of decision-making. All the institutions related to foreign policy are expected to be under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs whereas there is an expectation for a position similar to the National Security Adviser that would oversee critical national security and foreign policy matters. The president's office will be able to … [Read more...] about Turkey’s foreign security policy after the June 24 elections
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Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov spoke at the 10th informal meeting of the foreign ministers of Eastern Partnership member-states. Taking forward the Eastern Partnership / delivering on commitments / results expected by end 2018 in relation with Multiannual Finance Framework priorities and the External Investment Plan Dear Minister Mr. Makei, Dear Commissioner Hahn, Dear colleagues, I am happy to be back in Minsk and be a guest to my friend Mr. Makei, to whom I am grateful for a warm hospitality and an excellent organisation of today’s meeting. This meeting comes at a very interesting time. Interesting in terms of not only our cooperation agenda with the EU, but also most recent regional developments. Building on our shared objective to enhance cooperation in the field of connectivity and ICT, Azerbaijan also actively participated yesterday in an informal meeting of the Ministers of Communication. I would like to commend our friends from Belarus for coming up with … [Read more...] about News.Az — Your Window to the RegionAzerbaijan’s Foreign Minister speaks at 10th meeting of EaP foreign ministers
FOR years the only thing most Brits had to worry about before they headed off on their hols was remembering their passport. Now with the threat of global terrorism, gun crime and tropical disease the family vacation needs more than a bit of careful planning. Yesterday, the Foreign Office issued an urgent warning to holidaymakers thinking of travelling to trouble-hit Turkey. Officials advise tourists steer clear of large crowds in Istanbul as the unstable country faces unscheduled elections later this month. It is also feared ISIS, Kurdish separatist groups and militant communists may choose the chaos as a perfect time to launch an attack. The news will certainly worry the the 1.7m Brits booked to head to Turkey but will leave even more asking how safe is MY holiday? Here is our brief guide to what the Foreign Office warns Brits are made aware of before jumping on their holiday plane. However, it's important to remember more than 99.9 per cent of holidays pass off without any kind of … [Read more...] about Holiday danger map reveals terror, crime and health threats on YOUR summer getaway
Picture: Wikipedia Washington. It has been more than two decades since I worked with Richard Holbrooke and our team to negotiate an end to the war in Bosnia. NATO deployed and then acted to halt Serb ethnic cleansing in Kosovo Today, three Western Balkan states (Croatia, Albania and Slovenia) have become members of NATO. Croatia and Slovenia have joined the European Union. Kosovo is now an independent nation. Most Americans and Europeans have mentally filed away that brutal conflict as a problem solved. Sadly, this is far from true. Lingering political conflicts over the ethno-religious character of these nations consistently threaten to metastasize into national and regional crises, making the region a prime target for meddling by foreign powers. A combustible mix of poor governance, economic stagnation and weak democratic institutions has left a small yet significant minority vulnerable to recruitment by violent jihadists. All of this leaves the region ripe for exploitation … [Read more...] about The Washington Post: Don’t wait for the Western Balkans to blow up again. The U.S. and the E.U. must act.
SCOTTISH shell firms played a core role in a billion-dollar bribery 'mega scandal' threatening to topple or disgrace up to a dozen world leaders. The Herald can reveal that three Edinburgh businesses were part of an elaborate global offshore scheme allegedly used to launder multi-million-dollar kickbacks to politicians across Latin America. Court papers from Brazil show the Scottish firms - as well as two English ones - are at the centre of one of the world's biggest-ever corruption investigations: the ongoing unravelling of a global web of illicit payments by the construction multi-national Odebrecht. Loading article content The Brazilian-based giant has admitted paying bribes but a Who's Who of Latin America politics - including former heads of state in Brazil and Peru - have denied taking them. The probe into Odebrecht and related scandals - called Operation Car Wash - has already brought a jail term of a decade for the company's chief executive and six years for the … [Read more...] about Scots shell firms play key role in Latin America’s bribery ‘mega scandal’