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  • 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.
    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
    AK Party, West and Liberals: Time for rethinking
    Turkey’s Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) relationship to the West and the Western debate on Turkey under the AK Party has hardly had a linear path. Founding cadres of the party were first asked to prove their commitment to the West when they rose to power in 2002, due largely to their ideological background.
    The Implications of the War on ISIS in Kurdistan
    ORSAM has released a new issue of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs. The war which the ISIS has started in northern Iraq, the subsequent human tragedy in Sinjar, and threat to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have alarmed the West the United States in particular, to introduce an overall change in policy towards Iraq and the KRG.
    Is Turkey's Long Game in Iraq a Success?*
    Turkey's difficult relationship with Iraq's outgoing prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, figured widely in discussions on its Middle East policies. Epitomised at times by the direct confrontation between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Maliki, the tensions manifested themselves in issues ranging from the position of the Sunnis in Iraqi governance structure to oil exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government.
    The Government Formation Process in Baghdad and Kurdistan Regional Government
    Iraqis are busy dealing with a series of never ending crises, one of which is the ISIS war, and the least of which is the change of government in Baghdad. They face these crises in the presence of a failed political process and non-functioning state that is now divided and on the brink of disintegration.
    The Advance of the Islamic State and Syria
    The Islamic State (IS) is originated in Iraq, even though it acquired notoriety in Syria. It is exactly because of this fact that it was able to move through Kirkuk, Salahaddin and Diyala towards the Iranian border, a short time after it captured Mosul.
    ORSAM will hold a conference entitled “Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government”, in partnership with Wilson Center in Washington, DC.
    In this discussion, experts will address the future of Iraq and the KRG in the context of the current crisis, and will shed light on Turkey’s perspectives on the KRG, energy issues, minorities, and Iraq in general.
    Peshmerga’s ISIS Challenge and Future of American Operations
    Despite its superiority in terms of ammunition and troops, the Iraqi army fled their posts leaving Mosul to ISIS and Kirkuk to the Kurds. The strength of one Iraqi division was 30.000 only in Mosul against 700 ISIS militants. Apart from Prime Minister Maliki, this political landscape was also shocking for the United States, the creator, trainer, and supplier of the Iraqi Army.
    Nouri El Maliki’s Resignation and New Government Formation
    For the first time since the April 2014 elections, it seems that government formation process in Iraq is on the right track. While the formation process was expected to take place right after the elections, ISIS operations that began on 6 June 2014 caused a new turbulence in Iraqi politics and partition scenarios has come to the surface back again. 
    Military and Humanitarian Support for the KRG as ISIS Advances in Iraq
    Political wrangling over the formation of the new government in Baghdad prevented Iraqi leaders from addressing the increasing presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) otherwise known as the Islamic State (IS), until they overran Mosul, Iraq's second largest city this past June.
    Humanitarian Tragedy in Gaza
    ORSAM has released a new issue of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs. In this edition, Dr. Halil İbrahim Yenigün from Istanbul Commerce University discusses Israel's attack on Gaza from a humanitarian perspective.
    The Effects of the ISIS Operations on the Turkmens
    ORSAM has published the new edition of the ORSAM Review of Regional Affairs. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which has dominated headlines, has been continuing its offensive, causing a crisis among the people in areas in the northern part of Iraq, where it has captured.
    The Economic Impact of ISIS Advance for Turkey and the KRG
    Until recently, Turkey appeared to be the player who had gained the most from the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. By 2013, Turkey’s trade with Iraq amounted to $11.9 billion, making Iraq Turkey’s second largest trading partner.
    02 September 2014
    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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