By Hamdi Firat Buyuk| Sarajevo
Erdoğan’s defeat in local elections signals his weakening in domestic politics, while Turkey is becoming Russia’s political hostage in its foreign policy, as the Kremlin’s hand strengthens.
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the state of liberal democracy in the former communist bloc is “probably worse than we hoped but better than we feared”, thinks Thomas Carothers, interviewed in this issue of Eastern Focus. He looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of post-1989 transition and says that three decades later, we are still in an intermediate state.
By Alec Bălășescu | Hong Kong
When Iran claimed to have downed a US drone for the first time in 2012, an Iranian friend gifted me a new toy bought in Tehran: a plastic, low quality model of the said drone, bearing on its box the inscription in Farsi and in English: “We will crush Amrican (sic!) hegemony!” My friend commented that if they were to use the same technology that produced the toy, the chances of success would be minimal.
May 2014 | International
Location: Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.
One of the conference’s topic was about America and the World: Understanding Impulses of American Foreign Policy with a panel on American foreign policy, Ukraine and regional evolutions. We participated together with the Council of Foreign Relations and Munich Security Conference’s guests. The event was financed by Hudson Institute, Gerd Bucerius, Die Zeit Stiftung.