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February 2017 Issue 108



DIPLOMATIC OBSERVER MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2017 (108) ISSUE

4    25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOCALI GENOCIDE 
By Faig BAĞIROV
    
25 years ago, on the night of February 25th-26th 1992, in the town of Hocalı in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenian troops carried out a dreadful massacre of Azerbaijani Turks that is unmatched in history. On that bloody night, 613 people, including 106 women, 83 children and 70 elderlies were killed for being Azerbaijanis, 1275 people were taken prisoner whose fate remains unknown and 150 people went missing. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.

6    THE GEOPOLITICS OF CYPRUS AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE FOR TURKEY 
By Mahmut ŞAHİN

The Cyprus talks which have been continuing in Genève since January 9th are being seen as a major opportunity for peace between the communities in Cyprus. However, it is clear that the talks will not be easy and that a settlement and a common solution will not come about easily. It is very difficult to find common ground among the demands of the two communities. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

10    A WAR OF PERCEPTION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND EUROPE 
By Assoc. Prof. Deniz ALTINBAŞ

President Donald Tusk of the European Union Council had told US President Barrack Obama last year that Russia was trying to divide the EU internally and was trying to distance it from the USA. For the last three or four years, leaders, politicians, experts and security and intelligence chiefs from EU institutions, EU member states and the USA have been speaking about threatening Russian propaganda. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

18    INTERVIEW: CHRIS COOTER AMBASSADOR OF CANADA TO TURKEY 
News Center

As Diplomatic Observer Magazine, we have had a pleasant conversation with Mr. Cooter, The Ambassador of Canada to Turkey. You will be interested in this beautiful conversation about international issues from the immigration crisis to the terror problem, from the global economic problems to the security issues, how the international organizations’ attitudes towards these issues and the Canada’s policies on international agenda. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

22    LISTENING TO: WALTZ THE ANARCHIC STRUCTURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SYSTEM ENCOURAGES A NEW BALANCE OF POWER 
By Baybars ÖĞÜN
    
Kenneth N. Waltz begins his article Structural Realism After the Cold War with the following question: “What sorts of changes would alter the international political system so profoundly that old ways of thinking would no longer be relevant?” He then answers that this could only be possible through the transformation of the structure of the international system itself and not with unit (i.e. state) level changes. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.

27    Aleksandr Dugin and EURASIANISM 
By Kaan DERVİŞOĞLU

An important figure in current Russian thought, Alexander Dugin has formulated the idea of Eurasianism in detail in his book The Eurasian Mission: An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism. He founds Eurasianism on five fundamental principles. These are scientific patriotism, the social disposition, traditionalism, Eurasian ethnicism and Eurasian regionalism.“Scientific patriotism” based on geopolitics formulates Russian responses to challenges of globalism. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

30    TO TAKE AWAY A CHILD’S TOY 
By İlknur Şebnem ÖZTEMEL

By its nature terrorism is opposed to all universal rules, laws and morality. To target civilians, to set up sinister traps, to collect tribute and to kidnap people are all established terrorist activities. How much lower can terrorism sink? You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

33    INTERVIEW WITH ASSOC. PROF. MURAT YEŞILTAŞ AND SECURITY ANALYST MERVE SEREN: FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AND THE NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRY 
News Center

Surprising developments are afoot in the world. A terrorist organisation that claims to be Muslim is shedding blood around the world, including in Turkey. Relations between the USA and Turkey are at an historical low point due to the support given by the USA to YPG forces in Syria and its silence following the coup attempt of July 15th. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.

36    FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS:
MARINE LE PEN THE RADICAL CHOICE
By Robert HARNEIS

Marine Le Pen has been the chairperson of the National Front (FN) since January 2011. She took over from her father, Jean-Marie, who co-founded the party in 1972 as the ‘Front National pour l’unité française’. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue. 

40    CAN FILLON BE AS DANGEROUS AS LE PEN FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION?
By Dr. Dilek YİĞİT

The presidential elections in France are approaching. The first round will be held in April and the second round will be held in May. The current President François Hollande will not run it the elections and the surveys indicate that the race will be between the representative of the far right, Marine Le Pen, and the Republican candidate François Fillon. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

43    ROHINGYA THE THORN IN THE SIDE OF MYANMAR’S RECOVERY
By Maximillian Christen MØRCH

As Myanmar opens up after years of military dictatorship; democratic elections have taken place, there have been two US presidential visits, sanctions on the country have been lifted and things are finally looking promising for Myanmar once again. However, there is one thorn in the side of Myanmar’s otherwise remarkable recovery, the continued international outcry over the plight of the Rohingyas. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue

46    IRAN; WOMEN “SOLD” ABROAD
By Heshmat ALAVI
 
İran hükümetinin ülke çapında gerçekleştirdiği idamlar, hükümetin Suriye’deki çatışmalardaki etkisi, yolsuzluk ve gasp olaylarına karışan binlerce kişi, bürokratların zimmetine para geçirmesi gibi bazı haberler uzun süredir İran basınını meşgul ediyor ancak İranlı kadınların kaçırıldığı ve yurt dışında satıldığı gerçeği ne yazık ki medyada göz ardı ediliyor! You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.

48    HOW ECONOMY ADMINISTRATION CAN BE IN 
“TURKISH TYPE OF PRESIDENCY”
By Cahit UYANIK

If the constitution amendment is approved, it is claimed that the presidency system will stabilize the state and economy administration and the national economy will perform better in the future. In justification of the constitutional amendment approved in Parliament, it has been expressed that 21 governments were established over a 33-year pe¬riod between 1983-2016 and the av¬erage lifetime of these was one and a half years. It is stressed that the administration of the country will be stabilized via the new system. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

51    INTERVIEW WITH MEHMET OKYAVUZ:
GERMANY IN A CHANGING EUROPE
By Nuran YILDIRIM

The Diplomatic Observer magazine has carried out an exclusive interview with Mehmet Okyayuz. The wide-ranging interview covers the structural exclusion of migrants and minorities, migration in Germany, pro-immigrant social movements, German federal election and Brexit. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue. 

56    INTERVIEW WITH MASTER PAINTER MUSTAFA AYAZ
By Bahar BAŞTAŞ ÖZDEMİR
For this month’s Arts, Culture, People section, we have visited Mustafa Ayaz, a leading figure in modern Turkish painting, at the Mustafa Ayaz Foundation Museum of Plastic Arts in Ankara, which the artist founded using entirely his own means. You can read the rest of the article  in February issue.  

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