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Merve Şebnem Oruç

Merve Şebnem Oruç

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Illiberal democracy and liberal Muslims

Donald Trump, who took over the U.S. presidency on Jan. 20, was quick to start erasing his predecessor Barack Obama's legacy. Trump also underwent the most turbulent period in the first week of his presidency at the White House with the successive ex... more

Syrian cease-fire that started on fragile ground

The year 2017 is commencing with a cease-fire agreement reached as of Dec. 30, 2016, with Turkey and Russia as guarantor. We hope the cease-fire, which is a milestone in terms of the six-year civil war, turns out to be a good start for Syria, a count... more

Obama's legacy

The U.S.'s presidential elections are on Tuesday. The Republicans' candidate is Donald Trump, who nobody believed would be able to go the race to the end when his candidacy was first announced. Despite the liberal democrat world repeatedly saying wor... more

Who is this Hashd al-Shaabi?

Hashd al-Shaabi is a frequently heard name along with the start of the Mosul Operation. Yet its roots date further back in time. The Hashd al-Shaabi, which can be translated as “Popular Mobilization Forces,” is an umbrella organization under which at... more

Three days in Iraq

Someone fell captive to the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq war. When he was sent to the prison camp, he realized that the first thing he was asked was his sect. He saw that smoking was allowed in the area where Shiites are held; they have perm... more

Mosul Operation to shape Iraq's future

The key subject of the Mosul operation is who will be joining. I am in Irbil and here a covert to open competition is observed in this regard. The Iraqi army and peshmerga forces are the leading names on the U.S.-led anti-Daesh colation's ground oper... more

Can the Turkish Stream change the game?

Eyes are on Iraq, the Mosul operation is on the agenda. Is it going to happen or not? If it is going to happen, who will be participating? Are the Shiite militias or the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the U.S.'s operation plan? What will be Turkey... more

Are the US and Saudi Arabia going to divorce?

I believe the U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship is one of the most important of bilateral relations that are as interesting as they are dirty and deep. This is because the reason the U.S. dollar is currently the world's most widespread reserve currency ... more

American games from Deir ez-Zor to Bashiqa

Turkey's border with Syria was purged of Daesh elements with Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched 45 days ago. This move that followed the Gülenist Terror Organization's (FETÖ) failed coup attempt on July 15 led to a disappointment like the... more

Can we say 'one minute' to credit rating agencies?

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded Turkey's credit rating immediately following July 15 and set its grade from “fixed” to “negative.” Among the three big credit rating agencies, S&P was the one that gave Turkey the lowest rating ... more

Kashmir, nuclear war threat and the UN's uselessness

Nasir Shafi, 11, disappeared during the ongoing protests in India's occupied Kashmir on Friday, Sept. 16. When his dead body was discovered in the woods near the village in the Harwan area in the evening hours, there were at least 300 pellet bullets ... more

Just trash the UN Security Council

It was impossible not to notice the effort made to prevent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's speech at the 69th U.N. General Assembly in 2014 from being heard. The U.N. Security Council's (UNSC) meeting on “foreign fighters joining Daesh” was carefull... more


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