F. Defne Arslan

  • US-Turkey Relations: From Alliance to Crisis

    This piece is part of a two-part series on current US-Turkey relations. See the other piece here.

    There was a time when Turkish people mourned together with the people of the United States, such as when John F.  Kennedy was killed, or when they fought shoulder to shoulder together during the Korean War. How did such a great alliance turn into a cold shoulder?

    The historically strong US-Turkey relationship has been tested in recent years by a seemingly never-ending series of disagreements and crises. After each development, commentators claim again and again that US-Turkey relations have never been so bad. Each point of conflict seems to make relations that much worse and the recent sanctions on two Turkish ministers have initiated a new wave of such claims. So far, relations have remained resilient and a meeting on August 3 between Secretary of...

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  • Changing International Order and Shifting Geopolitics: Focus on Turkey

    On April 19, the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, in partnership with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), hosted a panel titled “Changing international order and shifting geopolitics: focus on Turkey” in Istanbul. Moderated by Atlantic Council Turkey Representative Defne Sadıklar - Arslan, the panel, featuring Council of State of Spain member, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Atlantic Council Executive Board Member Ana Palacio, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Matthew Bryza and Kadir Has University Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences Mitat Çelikpala, discussed the state of world affairs in light of ongoing challenges to the liberal world order.

    In recent years, the world has witnessed increasing challenges to the post-World War II liberal order. The rise of populism and questioning of multilateral institutions such as the UN and EU has coincided with the inability of multilateral institutions to address the...

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  • Turkey’s Growing Presence in Africa, and Opportunities and Challenges To Watch in 2018

    A high-level Turkish government and business delegation headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently returned from Africa after visiting Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali. This trip is the continuation of a series of visits and initiatives undertaken by Turkey as part of its official policy of “Opening to Africa” which began in 2005. As Turkey’s business interest in the continent has grown over the past decade, the Atlantic Council Turkey office hosted Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives and Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, for a roundtable discussion on March 19, 2018 on the opportunities and challenges presented by selected African countries in 2018 for investors as well as rules for success in this dynamic continent which presents extraordinary potential for growth but also extraordinary challenges. 

    The Turkish President’s most recent trip followed his frequent visits to the continent over the...

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  • Arslan Quoted in BESA on Transporting Levantine Gas to Europe


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  • Arslan Quoted in NewEurope on Russia’s Turkish Stream


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  • Arslan in Ekathimerini: A New Perspective to Turkey-EU Relations


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  • Arslan Speaks with A Haber on the 2017 Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit


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  • Arslan Speaks with Dunya on the 2017 Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit


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  • Arslan Speaks with Sabah on the 2017 Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit


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  • Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Expands Scope, Announces New Staffing Changes

    The Atlantic Council today announced several staffing changes within the Global Energy Center, designed to leverage the center’s expanding work and integrate it with the Council’s flagship events in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Poland.   

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