Seleccionados, 12.01.2012

El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores turco, Ahmrd Davutogleu, con su homólogo iraní Ali Akbar Salehi en Teherán, enero de 2012

Turquía en MENA: enlaces seleccionados

Turquía se debate en una creciente maraña de complicaciones y potenciales contradicciones fuera de sus fronteras: ¿Es compatible la intervención en Siria con su acercamiento a Rusia y las buenas relaciones con Irán?¿Sigue siendo un modelo político sin fisuras para los países del área MENA?¿Es eso compatible con su activa pertenencia a la OTAN y el interminable problema kurdo? Y en los últimos días. ¿Hay alguna relación entre todo ello y la renovada presión en el pedal  de la purga del ámbito castrense? De momento no hay respuestas claras a ello, sólo indicios. Ofrecemos aquí algunas de ellas.

Prince Orhan Aal Othman, Grandson of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II: Herzl Was the Cause of the Fall of the Ottoman Empire [Interview] – Memri TV, 9 December, 2011

Los sionistas fueron la causa de la desintegración del Imperio otomano, y no los árabes, opina el príncipe Orhan al Othman

Turkey: Can Ankara Serve as Democratization Role Model? –, January 11, 2012

The mistaken, late December Turkish airstrike that left 35 Kurdish civilians dead highlights an apparent shift in US policy toward Ankara. The change could end up undermining efforts to promote democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Turkish Model: Can It Be Replicated? – NPR, January 6, 2012

In the Arab states that have ousted dictators and begun building new political and economic systems, many are looking to Turkey as an example of a modern, moderate Muslim state that works. Perhaps no country has seen its image in the Arab world soar as quickly as Turkey, a secular state that’s run by a party with roots in political Islam. As part of our series on the Arab Spring and where it stands today, NPR’s Peter Kenyon examines whether the “Turkish model” can be exported.

“Algerian opposition condemns PM for criticizing Turkey” – World Bulletin, 08 January, 2012

Leader of an Algerian opposition party condemned on Sunday the Algerian prime minister for his remarks regarding Turkey.

“Syrian-Iraqi-Iranian triangle to leave Turkey on slippery slope”, Hürriyet Daily News, January, 07, 2012

The dramatic events in the neighborhood unleashed many dynamics forcing Turkey to face an equation with several variables, says a former diplomat and head of intelligence. What happens in the Syria-Iraq-Iran triangle will affect Turkey, says Sönmez Köksal. ‘The Kurdish issue is a factor that could be used against Turkey’

Iran and Turkey: friends or rivals? – Trend, 6 January 2012

Iranian and Turkish officials have many common interests in the region. They have recently spent a lot of meetings.

Amid rising tensions, preparations for possible new Iran nuclear talks – The Envoy, January 12, 2012

The Obama administration and its European allies are quietly preparing for a possible new round of international nuclear talks with Iran in the coming weeks, sources consulted on the prospective meeting say. The prospective talks would be hosted by Turkey

Turkey: In Pipeline Deal with Russia, Did Ankara Get a Bargain it Can’t Afford? –, January 11, 2012

Ankara ended 2011 with a pair of big — and seemingly contradictory — gas pipeline deals that are almost certain to alter the regional energy picture but that have also raised some interesting questions about the goals of Turkey’s energy policy.

“A Game of Turkey”, The International Herlad Tribune,  January 11, 2012

The Turkish military has long regarded it as part of its job description to guard against the governments it serves. There have been three coups in Turkey since the end of World War II. And though the last one occurred more than 30 years ago, the armed forces have not surrendered their prerogative to call politicians to heel.