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Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Turkey tightens Kurdistan ties to Baghdad’s chagrin

Kurdistan, the oil-rich semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, will begin selling oil to Turkey despite vocal objections by the Iraqi government over the contracts’ legitimacy. Turkish-Iraqi relations have suffered as

Europe Politics

Turkey’s EU membership inches forward

After a three and a half year hiatus, negotiations with Turkey on its accession into the European Union will reopen. Negotiations with Turkey were supposed to occur in June of

Politics South and Central Asia

Turkey’s economy depends on political stability

Turkey has undergone tremendous economic development over the last 15 years, but protests earlier this year revealed underlying social fractures and areas of political risk. Investment opportunities abound in this

Politics South and Central Asia

Autocracy in Azerbaijan threatens long-term investment

Despite enjoying rich energy resources with which to tempt FDI, Azerbaijan’s autocratic political climate remains a long-term liability to said investment. In Azerbaijan, foreign investment opportunities and geopolitical considerations take

Finance International

Brazil and Turkey: The Party is Over

The world held its breath on September 18th. Would Ben Bernanke taper? Investors around the globe breathed a sigh of relief when he postponed slowing down the Fed’s bond buying

International Politics

Kurdish peace process key to Turkey’s energy security

The fate of the Kurdish peace process will influence how Ankara interacts with the Kurdish populations of other countries, and may affect Turkey’s ability to procure much needed Kurdish oil.

Europe Natural resources and energy

Turkey Key to Future European Energy Security

With gas from the Caspian Sea set to move from the Southern Caucasus to Europe through Turkey by 2019, the EU-candidate country is destined to evolve into a more robust

Europe Natural resources and energy

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Enhances European Energy Security

Those concerned with European energy are excited for the arrival of finalized plans for the Southern Gas Corridor that will carry natural gas from Azerbaijan, through Turkey, Albania, Greece to

Europe Politics

The Turkish Spring: More Tiananmen than Tahrir

Demonstrations in Turkey – labelled a Turkish Spring – differ from their Arab counterparts in that the Turkey’s (unlike Arab ones) economy has been booming. The international media narrative about

Economics South and Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s Search for Trade Partners

Uzbekistan’s increasing diversity in trading partners points to a decline in traditional Central Asian economic reliance on Russia and indicates the possibility of increased interdependence between the countries of Central