October 27, 2014

Buying iPhones with Aid Money?

Absorbing Aid and Dealing with Macro Economic Problems

Every now and then international donors complain about how insufficient the capacity is within some recipient countries and how little they can do when this is the case. Let’s have a closer look at that. Low capacity in “absorbing aid”, the technical term of what is stated above, seems to be a major problem when donors have “a lot to share”. But when we look at the aid absorption terminology, we sense that something’s not quite fitting there. 

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September 15, 2014

Anarchy: "Ceteris Paribus" of International Relations

Let’s have a quick look at post structural IR thinkers' approach to the concept of anarchy.

Doing that requires focusing on three main factors; first the "essence" of anarchy for IR to flourish as a mature science, second the problems deriving from the anarchy that helps to legitimize the concepts like sovereignty, nation state, use of force, to stop violence, to get obedience and maintain order. And finally anarchy in terms of knowledge formation that might be regarded as a veil that conceals and legitimizes power relations on both domestic and international level.

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May 12, 2014

Turkey’s Long Journey with Foreign Aid

What has it achieved so far?

Turkey’s foreign aid adventure has started in 1947 when the country received considerable amount of aid in the framework of US’s Marshall Plan. For Turkey, the aid landscape has changed as well as the roles between many recipients and donors since then. The country is now an important emerging donor with over 3 billion USD (as of 2013) official development assistance mainly to Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Still, what good did foreign aid programs make for Turkey to this day so that it now tries to replicate them for others so eagerly? Let’s have a quick look over some macroeconomic indicators.

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