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  • We talked to co-founder of the Arab Reform Initiative Bassma Kodmani about international society’s approach to Syrian civil war, current situation of Syrian opposition and expectations from international actors.
    We talked to Ambassador Mohamed El Fatah NACIRI, who served as the Head of Mission of the League of Arab States to Ankara since February, 2010, about the Middle East before and after Arab Spring; and the League of Arab States which is a international and regional actor.
    ORSAM has launched the new issue of the ORSAM Inteviews on Regional Affairs. This edition features an interview with Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the President of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
    ORSAM has launched An in-depth interview series, entitled ORSAM Interviews on Regional Affairs. The first edition features an interview with the Predident of Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency Dr. Fuat Oktay.
    On the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations Between Japan and Turkey, ORSAM in cooperation with Japanese Embassy and SAM organized a joint symposium entitled “Japan and Turkey: Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Going?"
    A delegation from The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) visited Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) on 19 August 2014.
    On 30 April 2014, national elections took place in Iraq. Not only Iraqi people followed these elections but also countries in the region and international actors watched them closely.
    The Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) in coordination with the Italian research institute of Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) organized a meeting in Rome entitled “Turkish Policy toward the Syrian Crisis and the Impact of Refugees” on June 6th 2014.
    ORSAM, in collaboration with the Middle East Institute and the Migration Policy Institute organized a meeting entitled “Syrians on the Edge: The Status of Refugees in Neighboring Countries” in Washington D.C.
    ORSAM and Center for Strategic Studies-University of Jordan (CSS) organized a workshop entitled “Exchanges on the Middle East: Turkey-Jordan Relations within the Changing Regional Environment” in Amman on 26 May 2014.
    ORSAM will held a conference entitled “Syrians on the Edge: The Status of Refugees in Neighboring Countries”, in partnership with Middle East Institute and Migration Policy Institute in Washington, DC.
    ORSAM, in cooperation with TOBB ETU and the United Nations held a panel entitled “Forum for the Support of the Palestinian People “on May 14, 2014.
    On 6-7 May 2014, ORSAM, in cooperation with Türkmeneli Cooperation and Cultural Foundation, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) and Turkish Historical Society organized a symposium entitled “Middle Eastern Turkmen”.
    A mission which is composed of Lebanon Turkmens and chaired by Hussein Mohamad- Secretary General of the Tripoli and Dinniye Lebanon Türkoman League has visited Turkey in order to contact with some institutes.
    A delegation of Turkish academicians led by ORSAM President Assoc. Prof. Şaban Kardaş paid a visit to Iranian universities and research institutions on 19-20 April 2014.
    A group of students from SDE Academy, established within the Institute of Strategic Thinking on April 27th, 2014, paid a visit to ORSAM within the scope of their “Weekly Event Schedule”.
    ORSAM, in partnership with SAM ve TOBB ETU, held a lecture entitled “How will the International Order Accommodate Rising Powers? A Liberal Perspective" by G. John Ikenberry in 16 April 2014 in Ankara.
    On 24 March 2014, ORSAM, in partnership with the SAM and the Mosul University Department of Turkish Language and Literature organized a panel entitled “Changing Equilibrium in the Middle East and Turkey-Iraq Relations” in Mosul.
    Jordanian journalists visited the ORSAM on March 12, 2014 as part of a program organized by the Office of Public Diplomacy under the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey.
    ORSAM and TESEV, with support from the Stabilization Unit of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, held a joint workshop entitled “Regional Impact Analysis: Syrian Conflict” in Istanbul on 6 March 2014.
    ORSAM Books No: 5
    ORSAM Middle East Books No: 3
    Mosul in The Ottoman Vilâyet Salnâmes
    ORSAM Books No: 4
    Central Asia Books No. 1
    Energy Security,
    Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Central Asia
    Toward a New Era in Tunisian Politics: 2014 Parliamentary Elections
    ORSAM has published the new edition of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs No.14. This work, written by ORSAM Research Assistant Nebahat Tanrıverdi Yaşar, aims to examine electoral system, parties, coalitions, assesments and expectations regarding parliamentary election that will held on 26 October 2014.
    The Humanitarian Situation, the Turkmens and Turkey’s Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq after ISIS Operations
    ORSAM has published the new edition of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs No.13. This work, written by ORSAM Research Assistant Firuze Yağmur Gökler, aims to examine the ISIS operations in Iraq since the onset of 2014, humanitarian situation after these operations, the Iraqi Turkmens’ immigration and Turkey's humanitarian assistance to the region.
    Sincerity Test of the International Community under the Shadow of Debates on ISIS and Kobane
    While debates on struggle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with a focus on Kobane (Ayn al Arab) still go on, it is obvious that the international community is taking a test of sincerity. It is necessary to avoid stereotypical sentences, but it is quite interesting to see that even the Americans...
    Turkey-Tunisia Relations on the Eve of Elections in Tunisia
    Tunisia is undergoing a transformation process, which was triggered by the street protests. The street politics in Tunisia has left its place to institutional politics more quickly than other examples of the Arab Spring.
    The Impact of Kobani on the Kurdish Internal Politics
    The ISIS offensive towards Kobani in September is likely to change the balance in both the Syrian Problem and the Kurdish politics in the region. In the process that began after ISIS’s operations in Sinjar and Mahmur, with the new strategy under the leadership of the United States, the cards are being reshuffled among the actors in the ...
    Turkey-Jordan Relations Revisited Within the Continuing Transition in the Middle East
    ORSAM has published the new edition of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs. This work, written by Nur Koprulu, aims to analyse Turkey's and Jordans's identical foreign policy preferences towards the issues and predicaments in the region.
    Ankara’s ISIS Plan is Centered on Syria
    Turkey found confronted a new set of dilemmas after ISIS offensive became a hot topic in international arena and the international coalition led by the US started to search for a solution to counter this threat. Turkey’s way of engagement in the coalition against the ISIS is presented as a test for its approach to ISIS by some analysts, diplomats and military experts.
    Notes from Kirkuk
    ISIS became the biggest problem of the Middle East while it’s advancing its offensive from Mosul to Baghdad since June 2014. ISIS’s increasing effectiveness and the scale of the territory it holds let global and regional players, beginning with the US, take action and compose a strategy against the organization.
    The Syria Aspect of the War against ISIS and Turkey’s Concerns
    U.S. President Barack Obama declared his plan against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on 10 September 2014. The plan, in general, consists of four elements: aerial strikes against ISIS targets, supporting local forces, preventing ISIS’s recruitment and finances, and continuing the humanitarian assistance to the region.
    The ISIS Operations and Turkey-Iraq Relations
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has acquired territorial dominance in Iraq as a result of its operations in June 2014 and started to increase its activity, therefore, in the regional political setting, new dynamics started coming to the fore.
    The Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and Its Function in the Light of Current Developments
    On 24 September 2014, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution about the “the Violent Extremism”, in the light of current fighting in Iraq and Syria. 
    Ayn al Arab (Kobane) Siege of ISIS and Implications for Turkey
    ISIS has been attacking to Kurdish populated areas under YPG control for quite some time. Thus, ISIS’ last offensive against Ayn al Arab (Kobane) is not that meaningful in terms of timing. However, this time what matters is that it is attacking with heavy weaponry captured in Iraq.
    24 October 2014
    ORSAM Report No: 192
    October 2014
    Turkey-Tunisia Relations on the Eve of Elections in Tunisia
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 191
    September 2014
    US Strategy against ISIS and its Potential Implications for Iraq & Syria
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 190
    June 2014
    The 2014 Elections, ISIS Operations and the Future of Iraq
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 189
    April 2014
    The Situation Of Syrian Refugees in the Neighboring Countries:
    Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations
    (Tr - Eng - Ar)
    ORSAM Report No: 179
    November 2013
    İnterviews With Syrian Refugees in Reyhanlı - VI
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 178
    November 2013
    İnterviews With Syrian Women in Reyhanlı - V
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 164
    August 2013
    The Clashes in Northern Syria and the Possible Effects
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 160
    May 2013
    Interviews With Syrian Refugees in Reyhanlı
    (After Reyhanlı Bombings) - IV

    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 159
    May 2013
    Interviews With Syrian Women in Reyhanlı - III
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 158
    May 2013
    Interviews With Syrian Refugees in Reyhanlı - II
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 157
    May 2013
    Interviews With Syrian Refugees in Reyhanlı - I
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 156
    May 2013
    ORSAM Report on Reyhanlı
    “11 May”
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 155
    May 2013
    Historical Notes from the Minutes of the Montreux Straits
    Conference and Kanal İstanbul
    ORSAM Report No: 154
    ORSAM Water Research Programme Report No: 19
    Transboundary Waters Within the Scope of EU Water Framework Directive
    ORSAM Report No: 153
    April 2013
    Electoral Laws in Iraq
    ORSAM Report No: 152
    April 2013
    Basic Data on 2013 Local Elections in Iraq
    ORSAM Report No: 151
    April 2013
    Democracy Process and Problems in Iraqi Kurdistan
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 150
    March 2013
    Syrian Turkmens: Political Movements and Military Structure
    (Tr - Eng)
    ORSAM Report No: 149
    February 2013
    David Cameron and the EU: Crossing the Rubicon
    ORSAM Report No: 148
    January 2013
    Internatonal Politics and Civilizations
    (Clash of Civilizations and Dialogue)

    (Tr - Eng)
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