February 26 2020
The five-person U.S. congressional delegation led by Kansas Senator Jerry Morgan visited the NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) headquarters in the Aegean city of Izmir and the head of the prestigious Turkish business association TÜSİAD. More important than asking why such a delegation made up of these names came to Turkey at this point in time would be the question of why they have bypassed the capital of Ankara while they were in the country.
Influential U.S. think tank RAND Corporation's last report on Turkey presents a significant degree of skepticism over the sustainability of Russia-Turkey rapprochement. According to RAND's Turkey expert Stephen J. Flanagan, Russia sees Turkey very much as a junior partner and a rupture between the two might occur over Syria.
In an exclusive interview with Duvar English, the Head of the EU Delegation in Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger reflected on prospects for 2020. "We are not moving forward, we are actually moving backward," told Berger. Referring to tensions between Turkey and Cyprus in East Med, he reminded that there needs to be unanimity among member states to end negotiations with Turkey. Such an agreement is not there today.
Since its establishment in Aug. 2016, Gazete Duvar has been one of the most successful examples of a new wave of soul-searching in Turkey’s media. We now have the honor of joining the family with a new online publication in English which intends to bring a new breath for Turkey-watchers throughout the world.