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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Turkey—U.S. Defense Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iran,Libya,Middle East Conflict,NATO,Turkey

Describes the increasing importance of Turkey as a U.S. ally in the Middle East and issues for Congress to consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Israel’s Blockade of Gaza, the Mavi Marmara Incident, and its Aftermath

Categories: Arab,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Turkey

Describes the background to current events, including Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza but retention of border control, the rise to power of Hamas, and the Israeli blockade of the territory.  Also reviews the May 2010 altercation between Israeli forces and Turkish-sponsored ships attempting to bring supplies to Gaza. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Holder v Humanitarian Law Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Supreme Court/courts,Turkey,United Nations

6-3 decision of the Supreme Court that upholds a U.S. law that forbids even nonviolent forms of assistance to groups labeled as terrorist organizations.   The aid groups that challenged the law had trained a Kurdish group in Turkey on bringing human rights complaints to the United Nations.  From

Israel’s Blockade of Gaza and the Mavi Marmara Incident

Categories: Arab,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Turkey

Describes the May 2010 skirmish between Israeli commandos and activists trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and the repercussions of the incident on Israeli-Turkish relations, world diplomacy, and U.S. relations with Israel.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

Turkey’s New Engagement in Iraq: Embracing Iraqi Kurdistan

Categories: Asia,Democracy/Peace,Iraq,Turkey

Describes the improved relations among Turkey, Iraq, and the Kurdistan Regional Government and what led to the improvement in relations.  From the United States Institute of Peace.

European Union Enlargement: A Status Report on Turkey’s Accession Negotiations

Categories: European Union,Turkey

Examines the arguments for and against the addition of Turkey to the European Union, including such issues as political reform within Turkey, Turkish commercial relations with Cyprus, and concerns over the growing Muslim population in Europe. Also discusses possible scenarios and U.S. perspectives. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by

Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities: Technical Report

Categories: Afghanistan,Arab,Egypt,Great Britain,India,Iran,Iraq,Pakistan,Religion/Ethics,Turkey

Attempts to identify the key characteristics of 13 priority Muslim communities in England including those from Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Aims to determine where the Muslim population is located, its size and demographic characteristics, the level of social infrastructure for each group, and how the government can best engage with them. From the Communities and Local Government Department of the United Kingdom.

Turkey Today

Categories: European Union,Great Britain,Turkey

Reviews the main issues facing Turkey including how to reconcile its secular principles with demands for religious conservatism, its relationship with the European Union, and its economic vulnerability to the international financial crisis. House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/90.

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