Ahmet Davutoğlu

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A left-wing militant clashes with police last week in Istanbul after Turkey's military carried out strikes in Syria and northern Iraq. (Yasin Akgul/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Viewed as a snapshot, the situation in Syria and Iraq may lead one to hopelessness and despair. But as a professor of history, diplomat and politician, I know that history flows in consequential frames that make sense only once they can be seen as a whole.

In trying to address the many seemingly insurmountable challenges to Turkey’s south, we must bear this truth in mind.

To the south of its borders, Turkey is faced with multiple grave threats to its national security. In Syria, hundreds of thousands are dead and many millions displaced — including almost 2 million in Turkey — while the illegitimate regime in Damascus and the terrorist organization Daesh (also known as ISIL, among other names) compete as to who can display more outright barbarism.…  Seguir leyendo »

Eighteen years ago this summer, in a town called Srebrenica, in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, the world witnessed the murder of approximately 8,000 Bosnian men and boys and the forced deportation of nearly 30,000 women from their land. Thus Srebrenica became a byword for not only the brutality of the three-year conflict in the former Yugoslavia but also of humanity at its most evil and depraved.

Unlike many organisms, humans are capable of learning from their mistakes. Srebrenica was one tragic mistake with a big lesson.

Yet 18 years after the atrocities of Srebrenica and the trauma of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the worst humanitarian calamity of the 21st century is unfolding in Syria.…  Seguir leyendo »

Much has been said about the events of Gezi Park in Istanbul, but to fully understand them a broader perspective is required.

First, it’s wrong to claim there is a deficit of democracy in Turkey. From the moment the AK party came to power we have striven to achieve a stable and just system in which all segments of our society enjoy their basic rights under the rule of law. It has not been easy – we have had to overcome myriad hurdles, including several aborted coup attempts and efforts to remove the party and its leaders through arbitrary and politicised legal proceedings.…  Seguir leyendo »

The wave of revolutions in the Arab world was spontaneous. But it also had to happen. They were necessary in order to restore the natural flow of history. In our region – west Asia and the south Mediterranean – there were two abnormalities in the last century: first, colonialism in the 1930s, 40s and 50s that divided the region into colonial entities, and severed the natural links between peoples and communities. For example, Syria was a French colony and Iraq a British one, so the historical and economic links between Damascus and Baghdad were cut.

The second abnormality was the cold war, which added a further division: countries that had lived together for centuries became enemies, like Turkey and Syria.…  Seguir leyendo »

The wave of revolutions in the Arab world was spontaneous. But it also had to happen. They were necessary in order to restore the natural flow of history. In our region – west Asia and the south Mediterranean – there were two abnormalities in the last century: first, colonialism in the 1930s, 40s and 50s that divided the region into colonial entities, and severed the natural links between peoples and communities. For example, Syria was a French colony and Iraq a British one, so the historical and economic links between Damascus and Baghdad were cut.

The second abnormality was the cold war, which added a further division: countries that had lived together for centuries became enemies, like Turkey and Syria.…  Seguir leyendo »

The international community, including Turkey and Brazil, is in staunch opposition to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We are also dedicated to achieving a world without nuclear weapons. In the case of the Iranian nuclear program, we firmly believe that a process of result-oriented negotiation is needed to avoid a slide toward conflict.

Lack of trust and confidence has been hindering positive movement on this issue, which is critical for regional security and prosperity. We are emboldened, however, by what has been achieved in Tehran only days ago.

Since October 2009, the focus has been on a deal to provide fuel to the Tehran Research Reactor in exchange for the removal of 1,200 kilograms of low-enriched uranium from Iran’s stocks.…  Seguir leyendo »

Para la estabilidad del sur de Europa, Turquía y España, con un devenir histórico similar y situadas en orillas opuestas del espacio euromediterráneo, constituyen los flancos de un delicadísimo eje. La prolongada rivalidad hispano-turca, que duró dos siglos, terminó en 1782 con la firma del Tratado de Constantinopla, un acuerdo de paz, amistad y comercial con el que se considera que se iniciaron las relaciones contemporáneas entre Turquía y España. Esta relación bilateral ha florecido a lo largo de los años, gracias a multitud de contactos e intercambios registrados en nuestro ámbito común, el Mediterráneo, también conocido como mar de luz.…  Seguir leyendo »