March 29, 2016
NATO Must Demand More From Turkey
By Halil M. Karaveli
Turkey has always been an awkward NATO member. Since it joined in 1952, the country has rarely lived up to official alliance standards of democracy and human rights. During most of this time, Turkey has been ruled by authoritarian governments. Even when elected governments were in power, Turkey was at best an illiberal “democracy” as right-wing authoritarianism and rigid nationalism were always influential. In that sense, there is nothing that is new with Turkey’s authoritarian “drift” today.
Svenska Dagbladet, March 19, 2016.
Svante E. Cornell, Turkiet är ett hot – inte en potentiell EU-medlem.
EU borde akta sig för att knyta för nära band med Erdogans auktoritärt styrda Turkiet. Landet borgar inte för fred och säkerhet just nu. Tvärtom. Svante Cornell menar att det borde vara uteslutet att ens diskutera turkiskt EU-medlemskap medan hundratusentals kurder drivs från sina hem i sydöstra Turkiet.
Svante E. Cornell is Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Center affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Freedom Support Act of 1992 (Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act) made the "promotion of democracy" a main strategic priority of the US in the former republics of the USSR. What specific achievements can the US claim in this sphere in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and what have been its failures? To what extent does the experience of the last quarter century call for revisions in America's tactics in this area? And to what extent, if any, does experience call into question the strategy itself?
Rather than duel over the number of successes and failures, our speakers will focus on steps that might improve the effectiveness of actions to advance this strategic goal or, if necessary, more fundamental changes in the strategy itself.
The recorded version of this seminar is now available to view on the SAIS events Youtube channel.
Laura Jewett, Regional Director, Eurasia Programs, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Stephen Nix, Regional Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute (IRI)
David Kramer, Sr. Director for Human Rights and Democracy, McCain Institute for International Leadership
Moderator: S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
By Slavomír Horák & Jan Šir