Eurasia

  • Turkey Votes Whether to Give Erdoğan the Keys to the Constitution

    A Prime Minister Aims to Become President, and Then Concentrate Power in His New Job


    ISTANBUL -- Turkey’s voters are likely this month to elect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to a new job as the country's president, putting him on a path to re-write the constitution and forge a more centralized, presidential government.

    After eleven years as prime minister, Erdoğan is barred from running for re-election next year by a three-term limit enforced by the rules of his Justice and Democracy Party (AKP). His switch to the presidency is likely to continue, and perhaps accelerate, an erosion in Turkish democracy, several analysts say. That puts at risk Turkey’s role of recent years as a model of stability and democratization in the Middle East and the Eurasian region.

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  • Ukrainian National Security Council Official on Russia’s Disinformation War

    Kyiv Battles Kremlin Myths, Siumar Says; Is Not Considering Martial Law

    As Ukraine and its government battle Russian-backed secessionist militias in its two southeastern provinces, it also confronts public fears and suspicions among many of the 6.6 million people there (14 percent of Ukraine’s population). That is largely because Russia has had a free hand for twenty years in molding popular opinions among millions Ukrainians – notably those who are native Russian-speakers, says Viktoria Siumar, the deputy secretary of Ukraine’s National Security Council.

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  • Webcast: American Energy Prowess in a Strategic Foreign Policy Perspective

    Please join us for the first day of the American Energy Prowess in a Strategic Foreign Policy Perspective conference on Monday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m..The aim of the conference is to discuss and debate the strategic foreign policy aspects of the American shale gas revolution and its effect on the transatlantic relationship and the Central and Eastern European region. The Ukraine crisis has brought European energy security back into the forefront. The conference will bring together leaders from the US government, Central and Eastern Europe, and the energy industry to determine ways to strengthen European energy security and the transatlantic alliance through reinforced energy ties.
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  • The Untapped Potential of Georgians Abroad

    Migration has dramatically reshaped Georgia. More than one million people have left the country due to the civil wars, unrest, unemployment, and overall chaos in the country following the breakup of the Soviet Union. This has resulted in a demographic crunch, an aging population, and low birth rates. But Georgians abroad are also the bedrock of the country’s financial well-being: some $1.3 billion in remittances were sent to Georgia in 2012, according to government figures, constituting roughly 8.4 percent of Georgia’s gross domestic product (GDP). Georgians abroad can further help their country’s Euro-Atlantic integration through investment, skills transfer, and sharing of best business and government practices.
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  • Turkish-Iranian Rapprochement and the Future of European and Asian Energy

    In a new issue brief, “Turkish-Iranian Rapprochement and the Future of European and Asian Energy,” Pinar Dost-Niyego and Orhan Taner of the Atlantic Council’s Turkey office outline how Turkey and Iran’s developing relationship is a key consideration in analyses of European and Asian energy security. They argue Turkish-Iranian relations, in which energy plays an important role, should be seen in the context of EU energy needs and dynamic US energy interests. The evolution of the Iranian-Turkish relationship has implications for nuclear discussions and sanctions against Iran, the US withdrawal from the Middle East, American shale gas development, and the US foreign policy “pivot to Asia.”

    pdfRead the Issue Brief (PDF)

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  • Eurasia's Captive Nations

    During the Cold War, against all odds and the tenets of realpolitik diplomacy, every White House and US Congress championed the cause of the ‘captive nations' of central and eastern Europe locked behind the Iron Curtain. The accession over the next two decades of Poland, Estonia, and others to NATO and the European Union ended Cold War divisions and made the vision of a Europe whole and free a reality.
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  • Webcast: 2013 Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit

    Click on the appropriate links below to view the LIVE webcast of sessions from the 2013 Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit.
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  • Nuland Talks "Transatlantic Renaissance" in her First Public Address in Office

    Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland spoke to a packed house at the Atlantic Council Wednesday in her first public address in office, highlighting the importance of the transatlantic relationship and urging the United States and Europe to work towards a “transatlantic renaissance.”

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  • Transcript: Toward a Transatlantic Renaissance - Ensuring Our Shared Future

    Full transcript from the November 14, 2013, event "Toward a Transatlantic Renaissance: Ensuring Our Shared Future" where Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland spoke to a packed house at the Atlantic Council Wednesday in her first public address in office, highlighting the importance of the transatlantic relationship and urging the United States and Europe to work towards a “transatlantic renaissance.”
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  • Webcast: Toward a Transatlantic Renaissance - Ensuring Our Shared Future

    Please join the Atlantic Council for the first public address by Victoria J. Nuland, assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs on November 13, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

    President Obama has referred to America's relationship with Europe as the "greatest catalyst for global action" and the "cornerstone for US engagement in world affairs." Assistant Secretary Nuland will use her remarks at the Atlantic Council to articulate the Obama administration's vision for the transatlantic community in a time of geopolitical transition.

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