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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March 14, 2014

How do you like your aid statistics?

Do rich countries try to manipulate aid statistics to avoid criticism?

Two weeks ago, the corridors of OECD’s Conference Center were quite crowded. The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the organization was convened to discuss a significant change over aid statistics, which they call “modernizing”. This “modernizing” has three main pillars; including several other flows to Official Development Assistance (ODA) definition, redefining the term “concessional in character” and revising the ODA eligible country list.

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