Is It People’s Mujahideen or Hypocrite?

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ShareHarun Basli harun.basli@gc4ss.org Expert Global Center for Security Studies Trump, who has opposed to the Iranian regime since his election campaign, has taken concrete steps by withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’, after the election. According to the latest statements from his national security team, it is understood that Trump will further put pressure on the Iranian regime by expanding the US sanctions with the aim of a possible regime change at the end. In this context, as Trump’s personal attorney, the participation of the former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the … Continue reading Is It People’s Mujahideen or Hypocrite?

Keep them out at any cost? Reconsidering the EU-Turkey deal in light of reason, norms and rhetoric

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ShareLorenz Neuberger Ph.D. Candidate Cluster of Excellence “Cultural Foundations of Social Integration” Chair of Internal Politics and Public Administration (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Seibel), Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz To access full version of article click here. Abstract By examining the EU-Turkey deal, this study links the studies of regional enlargement and the externalization of migration governance. It argues that supply-state-centric theories may not adequately grasp situations in which accession candidates enjoy enhanced bargaining power: Due to Turkey’s strategically important position for the EU’s ‘migration management’, a revival of dialogues was promised despite adverse conditions. Arguably, the … Continue reading Keep them out at any cost? Reconsidering the EU-Turkey deal in light of reason, norms and rhetoric

Syria: What is Next?

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ShareHakan Cem Cetin, PhD hakanc.cetin@gc4ss.org Senior Expert Global Center for Security Studies The Syrian civil war which has been going on for seven years seems to be near its end. Since the not-much expected Russian involvement in 2015, the course of the war has changed dramatically for the Syrian President Besser al-Assad as well as rebels fighting against the Assad regime.  With this last-minute Russian help, President Assad has come back from the brink of a total collapse and gained an upper hand over its adversaries. Such that, he now controls three quarters of the country, excluding only the Idlib … Continue reading Syria: What is Next?

What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising: Exploring the Role of Evidence-Based Policing

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ShareEmirhan Darcan, PhD emirhan.darcan@gc4ss.org Expert Global Center for Security Studies Evidence-based policing is determined by statistical evidence gathered after the implementation of a program. Instead of other policing strategies, this program is malleable, dependent on data and studies being conducted. Currently, police agencies operate under set conditions. The men and women who are on the job determine their own rhythm and discretionary guidelines, reacting to their own personal values as well as the culture of the community. Evidence-based policing requires the men and women of the law enforcement job to change their daily routine, and sometimes change their entire view … Continue reading What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising: Exploring the Role of Evidence-Based Policing

What’s next for 3,5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey?

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ShareTurkey is under pressure and in need of a functioning refugee policy more than at any time in its history. But recently lifted state of emergency and constant threat perception created by the political elites give more power to law enforcement, suppresses the obvious need for a functioning refugee policy. A new refugee policy should focus on the integration of Syrian refugees residing in Turkey. The objective of this study is to evaluate Turkish policies related to Syrian refugees and argues that while the crisis in Syria is now in its seventh year and Turkey is about to implement a … Continue reading What’s next for 3,5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey?

After the Nuclear Deal: Can Iran Endure This Time?

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ShareHarun Basli harun.basli@gc4ss.org Expert Global Center for Security Studies Although it is one of the key players in the Middle East thanks to its rich natural resources, educated population and advantageous geopolitical position, Iran is constantly exposed to international sanctions, and has again faced a serious economic crisis with the President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. It is curious to see how Trump, who does not have a consistent foreign policy, will financially squeeze Iran. In fact, as claimed by many experts, this time it would be very difficult for Iran to cope with sanctions. Because of many years … Continue reading After the Nuclear Deal: Can Iran Endure This Time?

As an Alternative Solution to Drug Problem the Needle Exchange Program

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ShareEmirhan Darcan, PhD emirhan.darcan@gc4ss.org Expert Global Center for Security Studies Approximately three decades ago in Zurich, Switzerland, specifically at Platzspitz Park, which is known as the “needle park”, there was an open area for drug use as well as injection of drug. As a social and health consequences of this, Switzerland was exposed to a fast-growing drug-related HIV epidemic and consequently, amongst the European countries, Switzerland was the highest HIV prevalence observed. After this sad experience, the Swiss authorities have changed their attitude towards drug problem. Such that, whereas many other European countries’ drug-control policies are based on prohibition and … Continue reading As an Alternative Solution to Drug Problem the Needle Exchange Program

Neutralizing Jihadist Stance: The Need for a New Perspective

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ShareAhmet CELIK, PhD                             Hakan Cem Cetin, PhD Senior Experts Global Center for Security Studies   An article, published in the French daily Le Parisian on April 21[1], has once again kindled a clash between the West and the East. Titled as “Manifesto against the new anti-Semitism“, the article was written by Philippe Val, a co-founder and former director of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, and signed by more than 250 prominent French figures, among them several intellectuals, artists, politicians, three imams, one Mufti and the former French … Continue reading Neutralizing Jihadist Stance: The Need for a New Perspective

Iran’s Role in the New Afghan Migration Wave to Turkey

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ShareHarun Basli harun.basli@gc4ss.org Expert Global Center for Security Studies Since the early 2018, thousands of Afghans have immigrated illegally from Iran to Turkey. This new wave of migration over the last few months has attracted attention, as it has reached relatively large proportions, compared with the previous years. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of Afghan asylum seekers and refugees who have enrolled until the end of March 2018 in Turkey is 169.919, where officially registered Afghans are the second largest immigrant group after Syrians in this country. The number of Afghan refugees registered … Continue reading Iran’s Role in the New Afghan Migration Wave to Turkey

Russia and Montenegro: How and Why a Centuries Old Relationship Ruptured

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Share Ivana Gardasevic Political Analyst ivanagardasevic@live.com To access full text of the article in PDF please click here By the end of 2016 Montenegro (MNE) and America were experiencing similar problems. Among numerous accusations by politicians that the elections were irregular, Presidential in US and Parliamentarian in Montenegro, there was one more thing that was common for Montenegro and USA last year – Russian meddling in the democratic process of both countries. Russia was involved in obstruction of the American presidential elections, according to an official assessment from American intelligence agencies.  During the 16 October election night in Montenegro, a … Continue reading Russia and Montenegro: How and Why a Centuries Old Relationship Ruptured

The Future of Political Violence and Terrorism Studies: An Interview with Marc Sageman

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ShareThis interview was conducted by Dr. Ahmet Celik who is a Senior Expert at GC4SS We start here our first GC4SS’ Interview Series with Marc Sageman who is an iconoclastic Polish-born American scholar in the field of Terrorism. As an independent … Continue reading The Future of Political Violence and Terrorism Studies: An Interview with Marc Sageman

Book Review Series – 2

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ShareMurat Yildiz[1] murat.yildiz@gc4ss.org Senior Expert Global Center for Security Studies “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil” by Hannah Arendt” Preamble It is quite a courage to write a book review. Especially, if one of the most important political philosophers of the twentieth century is the author of the book, it is almost next to impossible for me to describe the level of anxiety dealing with since the start of my first draft of the book review. Nevertheless, I decided to open the door of my inner world and let my observations, opinions and feelings about the … Continue reading Book Review Series – 2

The Future of Democracy in the Age of Social Media

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ShareAhmet Celik, PhD ahmet.celik@gc4ss.org Senior Expert Global Center for Security Studies Nowadays, in certain countries, it is really difficult to find a brand-new vehicle with mechanical key system, most of which can be operated by a remote control without requiring to push any button. If you approach your car with a key fob in your pocket the car automatically unlocks its doors. If you have a car with keyless start and stop system you can just get into your car and press a button to start the engine. Working principle of key fob is also simple: if you put your … Continue reading The Future of Democracy in the Age of Social Media

Who Benefits from a Renewed Nuclear Arm Race?

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ShareHakan Cem Cetin, PhD hakanc.cetin@gc4ss.org Senior Expert Global Center for Security Studies Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 1, 2018 that the prospective new technology added to the strategic nuclear arsenal of Russia would surpass American missile defense system easily. Despite the fact that the weapons Putin mentioned in his address to the Russian Parliament are evaluated by experts as mostly “outlandish”, nobody claims the other ways that the nuclear arms race of Cold War era, long thought it would hardly happen again, seems to make a serious come-back after years of stagnation. In the era of the Cold … Continue reading Who Benefits from a Renewed Nuclear Arm Race?

Book Review Series – 1

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ShareCuneyt Gurer, PhD cuneyt.gurer@gc4ss.org Senior Expert Global Center for Security Studies Maley, William. What Is a Refugee? Oxford University Press, 2016. Jones, Reece. Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move. Verso, 2017. Polakow-Suransky, Sasha. Go Back to Where You Came from the Backlash against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy. Hurst & Company, 2017. Human displacement is not a novel phenomenon and both migration and immigration have had a significant impact on individual human life, development of societies and even the creation of new states. However, recent refugee crises caused by the Syrian conflict yet created a mix … Continue reading Book Review Series – 1

Fresh Start for a Secure World

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Share   Global Center for Security Studies The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination Albert Einstein   Thanks for joining us! We will create a network of professionals who dedicated their lives to a more secure World! We will share ideas and opinions with you. With our team of experts, we already started to gather information and to analyze it for you. Visit our website more often to understand security facts from a unique point of view. GCfSS Continue reading Fresh Start for a Secure World