The ‘Iron Silk Road’

09 Kasım 2017

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line went into operation last week with a ceremony at the Port of Baku, attended by the presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The 826-kilometer rail link, also known as the “Iron Silk Road,” added another layer to the existing infrastructure projects between the…


Post-referendum tension in Iraq

02 Kasım 2017

Iraq has been in turmoil one way or another since Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, decided to invade Iran in September 1980. The latest twist in the 37 years of turbulence came with the decision of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani to hold an…


What about Brexit?

26 Ekim 2017

Pundits all over the world and Euro-bureaucrats have been discussing future scenarios for Europe since the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. It was sidelined somewhat in recent months as a result of elections and discussions over the rise of right-wing populist parties across the…



12 Ekim 2017

The modern international system has been shaped around a few basic principles including territorial integrity and sovereign equality of states, dating back to the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648. These were expanded in time with new concepts such as self-determination, which was first mentioned in the 1860s and was popularized…