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Turkey – October 2015


Terrorist attacks in Ankara, deteriorating media freedoms, Syrian conflict and refugee crisis, and Nobel Prize in chemistry

Internal Politics

On October 11, Turkey was shaken by the largest terrorist attack in its history. An explosion took place at the Peace Rally in Ankara, which was organized by a large number of unions and professional associations. According to the Ankara Medical Chamber, 106 people died and 86 were badly wounded with 20 in the intensive care unit. On October 20, Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that the attack was planned by ISIS. On the very same day, after the explosion, PKK announced a unilateral cease-fire with Turkey.

The suicide bombers were identified as Yunus Emre Alagöz and Ömer Deniz Dündar, both members of the “Dokumacı” group. The leader . . . Read More

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Armenia – October 2015


Updates on Perincek vs. Switzerland case, the Turkish helicopters in the Armenian airspace, the renewed EU cooperation negotiations and the meeting of CIS leaders

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

The intense escalation of violence in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in September saw its extension on the “front” of the rhetoric this month. More and more frequently, officials in Armenia voice the possibility of official recognition of Nagorno Karabakh in case of further violence. The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs arrived to the region at the end of the month with the agenda of reducing tensions in the region and started with meetings in Armenia. According to the US Co-chair James Warlick, a meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan may be expected be . . . Read More

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