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Andrey Areshev

Expert at the Strategic Culture Foundation and a research fellow at the Centre for the Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies

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August 13, 2016
Erdoğan’s Visit to Russia: A Partial Reset in Relations

On 9 August, high level talks were held between Russia and Turkey in St. Petersburg. It was Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s first overseas trip since the failed military coup and just a few days before there had been an impressive rally in his support…

July 26, 2016
The Coup Attempt in Turkey: Erdoğan‘s Strength and Weakness

The wave of repression that engulfed Turkey after the unsuccessful military coup (which itself also seemed a little strange, reminiscent of some local plot that an awful lot of people seemed to be in on) is gathering speed. More than 20,000 people have been either dismissed or detained, including soldiers, police, judges, prosecutors, and civil servants. Among the sacked were 257 staffers in the prime minister’s office, 492 employees from the Directorate of Religious Affairs, and 100 intelligence officers. According to other sources, the total number of those who have been dismissed, detained, or arrested – including teachers, administrators in educational institutions, and journalists – has now topped 50,000…

March 11, 2016
Will the European Union Become Part of Turkey?

The EU and Turkey have held an emergency summit amid the worsening dispute between those parties over issues such as the effectiveness of Turkey’s use of the funds allocated by the EU for the resettlement of refugees, protection from illegal migration across the EU’s external borders, and assistance to Greece – a transit point for most of these displaced people. However, as much as can be understood from Angela Merkel’s speeches and interviews, there will be no review of the migration policy of the EU as a whole…

February 24, 2016
Turkey Continues to Terrorize Kurds

The recent terrorist attack in Ankara resulted in the deaths of 28 Turkish servicemen. It gave the government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan another pretext to put the blame on Kurdish armed groups operating in Syria and inside Turkey…

January 12, 2016
Chaos in Middle East to Spur US-Turkey Friendship

The events of late 2015 – early 2016 show the US-Turkey ties are getting stronger. The Turkey’s role of a NATO's southern flank bastion is growing. The Islamic State, which is financed by illegal exports of oil through the Turkish territory, is used by Washington and Ankara to justify intense coordinated military activities. Turkey has permitted the use of İncirlik, Diyarbakır and Batman air bases by its Western allies…

January 7, 2016
Turkey’s Middle East Policy: What Goes Around Comes Around

Russia's economic sanctions imposed against Turkey following its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria on November 24, 2015, by Turkish fighter, came into force on January 1… Probably, Turkey will continue to be a serious destabilizing factor in the Middle East and adjacent regions. Meanwhile, the situation on the battlefield has changed in favor of Damascus. Hopefully, terrorists will be cut off from the supply routes across the Turkey’s border…

October 15, 2015
Turkey: Bomb Blasts Hit Country’s Capital

On October 10, Ankara, the Turkish capital, was hit by explosions in what appears to be the deadliest single act of terrorism to occur on Turkish soil in the country’s modern history. According to official data, at least 95 people were killed in twin blasts as left-wing unions gathered to put forward social demands and protest the war against Kurds…

August 12, 2015
OSCE Activities in Post-Soviet Space

The activities of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the countries of post-Soviet space have been on the radar screen in recent months. Scandals occur in succession to attract more public spotlight each time. The OSCE present activities appear to have little to do with the goals the organization is supposed to pursue…

June 12, 2015
Russia – Azerbaijan: on track to coordinating an energy policy

On June 8, 2015, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov announced a plan to establish a high-level working group to focus on the development of bilateral cooperation in the fuel and energy sector. «A high-level working group, specially created within the framework of an intergovernmental commission, will devote itself to developing a partnership in the energy sector», said Ushakov at a briefing in Moscow…

May 30, 2015
Why PACE has turned its gaze toward post-Soviet conflicts

As has been reported, last April the Monitoring Committee met during the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.  A special subcommittee was created at that meeting – the Ad hoc Sub-Committee on Conflicts between Member States of the Council of Europe.  This new entity, which will be directly responsible for looking into so-called «frozen conflicts» in the former Soviet Union, should have official status and begin its work in June.  It met for the first time in Paris on May 27…

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