Francis J. Ricciardone

  • Ricciardone and Herbst on Turkey's Downing of Russian Jet

    TRT Turk quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director John E. Herbst on Turkey's downing of a Russian jet and whether it was in accordance with international law:

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  • Ricciardone on Russia-Turkey Relations

    Daily Bash Diplomacy quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on Russian-Turkish relations following the downing of a Russian airplane flying in Turkish airspace: 

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  • Turkey Shot Down a Russian Jet. Here's Why it Matters.

    The downing of a Russian SU-24 fighter jet by Turkey after it violated Turkish airspace and ignored ten warnings exemplifies the danger of Russian military support for Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad. But it will also complicate French President François Hollande’s quest to include Moscow in a unified coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

    Hollande, who has taken on the mantle of a wartime leader following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, met US President Barack Obama at the White House on Nov. 24 in a diplomatic effort aimed at building an all-inclusive coalition. He will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.

    Hollande has said he will urge Russia to focus its attention on fighting ISIS instead of propping up the...

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  • Ricciardone on the Need for a Political Solution in Turkey

    The Wall Street Journal quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on the need for a political solution to conflict between President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Kurdish militants:

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  • Ricciardone on Terrorism in Egypt

    Reuters quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on the support for Egyptian President Sisi's anti-terrorism campaign: 

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  • ‘Please Be Patient’

    Leader of Tunisia’s Nobel-winning labor union says international pressure on his country to undertake reforms is unhelpful

    The international community must be patient and recognize that Tunisia is undergoing a delicate transition instead of applying unrealistic pressure on the North African nation to undertake reforms, Hussein Abassi, the leader of Tunisia’s powerful labor union and the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said at the Atlantic Council on Nov. 4.

    “I told them to be patient, don’t treat Tunisia as a stable … country, because they are asking us to start to embark immediately on major reforms,”  Abassi, the head of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), said referring to those pushing Tunisia to undertake reforms more quickly.

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  • Ricciardone on Turkey's Elections

    The Daily Sabah quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on the outcome of the recent election in Turkey and the implications for how Turkey will solve some of its most pressing issues in the future:

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  • In Turkey, President Erdoğan Prevails

    Formation of a new government a “strong plus” for Turkey’s relations with the United States, says Atlantic Council’s Francis J. Ricciardone

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) pulled off an unexpected victory in parliamentary elections on Nov. 1 that gives it enough seats to govern by itself.

    The result marked a significant turnaround in the fortunes of the AKP, which just five months ago had failed to win a decisive majority in parliament for the first time since coming to power in 2002. Following fruitless efforts to form a ruling coalition, Erdoğan called for a second round of elections. Erdoğan’s gamble clearly paid off.

    Francis J. Ricciardone, a former US Ambassador to Turkey who currently serves as Vice President and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, discussed the significance of the AKP’s victory in an e-mail interview with the New...

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  • Ricciardone on Egypt's Democracy

    Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis J. Ricciardone joins BBC to discuss upcoming elections in Egypt:

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  • Ricciardone on Turkey's Elections and Syria

    Hurriyet quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on the upcoming elections in Turkey and the need for coordination on Syria:

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