Russia Failed Blitzkrieg in Ukraine

By Mikhail Solomatin

Why did Putin, who had refused to call the fighters of Novorossiya to peace since June, do that? There are two reasons. The first one is obvious: on September 4th the NATO Summit starts in Wales, and the EU promised to determine the sanctions against Russia on September 5th. This tactics of Putin has been known for a long time. Having bitten Ukraine, it backs, waits till the West starts yelling “he’ll gorge  it” and replies in panic: "oh, please, it was just a joke, which will never happen again ", and when the West breathes out freely, he bites again.  

What Will the Power Shift Bring to Turkish Politics and to Turkey-Russia Relations?

By Habibe Özdal, Hasan Selim Özertem

Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the first publicly held presidential elections in the first round, albeit with a narrow margin of 1.7 per cent. In the aftermath of the elections, Erdogan and the AK Party have chosen to delay the debates on the shift of power as it relates to the government and to the leadership of the party. Yet just before leaving office, Erdogan has determined his successor as Ahmet Davutoglu. Even though Erdogan is leaving the office of the Prime Ministry, it is argued in different circles that he will try to use the powers vested in him by the constitution to their limits and will not avoid acting as a proprietor of executive power. In this sense, until the general elections in June 2015, blurred lines between the use of power of the prime minister and the president may be observed. Some have even begun to term this interim period as the de facto presidential system.