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?

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

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