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?

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’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?

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