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The Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

As President Erdogan has once again won the elections with an absolute majority, he has now come to be known as the most popular and divisive leader in modern Turkish history. Not only has he entrenched his control over the system, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to make Turkey — given its polarised character as […]

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Pak-Turkey: A New Chapter of Bilateral Ties

Pak-Turkey: A New Chapter of Bilateral Ties

  The recent two-day official visit of President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Pakistan would open a new chapter of friendship in Pakistan-Turkey relations. Both countries share deep religious, cultural and historical linkages and cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1947. Pakistan and Turkey have focused on expanding […]

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Natural Allies: Turkey-Pakistan-Afghanistan

Natural Allies: Turkey-Pakistan-Afghanistan

During the recent Pakistan-Turkey summit, both sides explored options to assist Afghanistan in reaching a peace agreement with the Taliban. Pakistani and Afghan leadership has reached a conclusion to start joint efforts to counter militancy. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who recently visited Islamabad, indicated his country’s willingness to help the reconciliation process in Afghanistan. China’s entry into Afghan peace process was long overdue; this will help the sustainability of the peace process, because China is perceived as an honest peace broker by all. Turkish Prime Minister’s first visit to Pakistan was a resounding success not only in the bilateral context but also for regional stability. Pakistan appreciates Turkey’s effort for bringing enduring peace in Afghanistan, and hopes that it will continue to play its constructive role.

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Turkey at the crossroads of political transformation

Turkey at the crossroads of political transformation

“The days of military coups, with so-called democratic periods in between when the military kept a constant watch over politics, is now over.” These words are commonly being used to describe Erdogan’s win in the first ever held Turkish public presidential vote. As seven of 11 presidents before Erdogan were retired generals, the significance and […]

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Turkey strives to stabilize Afghanistan

Turkey strives to stabilize Afghanistan

This is a defining year in Afghanistan’s history. The drawdown of occupation forces by the end of year will be a watershed event. Pakistan supports a sovereign, independent and united Afghanistan and hopes that drawdown will be managed while preserving regional peace and security. Given Turkey’s close ties to Afghanistan and Pakistan, it has been […]

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New Momentum in Pak-Turkey Relations

Traditionally, the people of Pakistan and Turkey enjoy brotherly relations that can be traced back to even before the formation of modern Turkey, Republic of Turkey in 1923 and Islamic republic of Pakistan in 1947. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reciprocal visit after Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s visit to Turkey following the Prime […]

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Turkish spring in the making?

Turkish spring in the making?

The recent protests in Istanbul are being compared to Arab spring. Let’s see if the analogy with the recent developments in the Arab World is right. It all began with a small-scale demonstration in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Less than two hundred people gathered to save Gezi Park, a small park near Taksim Square, Istanbul that […]

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