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Sinan Ülgen

Sinan Ülgen

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Sinan Ülgen, a former Turkish diplomat, is Director of the Istanbul-based EDAM think tank and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe.

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  1. Why Turkey Is Imperiling NATO Enlargement
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    Why Turkey Is Imperiling NATO Enlargement

    Jun 6, 2022 Sinan Ülgen explains President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s negative stance toward Finland and Sweden’s accession.

  2. Updating the Global Refugee Regime
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    Updating the Global Refugee Regime

    Sep 8, 2021 Sinan Ülgen suggests how the world’s response to cross-border flows should be strengthened for a new era of displacement.

  3. The US Is Still Needed in Syria
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    The US Is Still Needed in Syria

    Jul 2, 2019 Charles A. Kupchan & Sinan Ülgen explain why the Trump administration's effort to extricate itself from the conflict is dangerously premature.

  4. Erdoğan the Magnificent
     President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Erdoğan the Magnificent

    Jun 26, 2018 Sinan Ülgen sees two practical constraints on the newly reelected Turkish president's vastly expanded powers.

  5. Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition
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    Turkey’s Emboldened Opposition

    Jul 14, 2017 Sinan Ülgen says the recent Ankara-Istanbul protest march indicates growing resistance to strongman rule.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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