MICHAEL RUBIN: Judge Ankara by its actions not its words

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

“Frankly, Erdogan has little use for US-Turkey bilateral ties. He despises the United States and its liberal political culture, and believes he can achieve what he needs by directly cultivating the US president. This worked with Bush, Obama and Trump, but the utility of that strategy may be ending.”


Hurdles to academic work

George Voskopoulos Associate Professor of European Studies Head of the Department of International & European Studies(2013-2016),UoM, Greece Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Thematic Research Coordinator 2015-2018 f.Erasmus Academic Coordinator

Despite my continuous requests to the university I spent last semester without access to a computer equipped with camera and microphone. The university simply answered that these were not available. As a result, I had to improvise and use YouTube to upload a series of audio lectures. This process is time consuming and does not facilitate academic interaction. Upon continuous requests I was given a portable computer for two weeks (15-29/9/2020) just to be able to conduct students’ exams. The very same day my exams finished (29/9/2020) the university asked me to return the portable. Just a few days before the new semester begins I still have no access to a fully equipped computer in order to have my classes. This is just indicative of the hurdles an academic might face when she/he is not supported and is left to their own devices. At a time COVID makes e-classes indispensable I have to find ways to perform my teaching duties. With NO support whatsoever!

George Voskopoulos, Associate Professor of European Studies *Exchange of emails (in Gr) provided

Turkish Hyper-Activity Reverberates Throughout the Middle East

Institute for Contemporary Affairs

Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation

Vol. 20, No. 20

Turkish Hyper-Activity Reverberates Throughout the Middle East
  • In recent months, Turkey has increased its efforts to enhance its position as a regional power following in the path of the Ottoman Empire, adopting daring measures that border on megalomania at home, in the region, and internationally.
  • A video with distinct nationalistic themes was recently broadcast by the Turkish Ministry of Information. The film is entitled, “The Red Apple [kizil elma],” which is a Turkish cultural concept describing Turkey’s ambition to achieve superpower status. Beyond the context of Turkey’s religious battles in Istanbul, the Turkish video also displays a troubling appetite for Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia’s holy sites in Mecca and Medina.
  • In the Persian Gulf, where Qatar is at odds with the Emirates and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Turkey has allied itself with Qatar. Some 5,000 Turkish soldiers are stationed in Qatar to help Doha protect itself and deter enemies.
  • Turkey also displays considerable hyper-activity in Palestinian and Israeli issues. Turkey stands in solidarity with Hamas, Turkey’s partner and protégé in the Muslim Brotherhood camp. Turkish citizenship and passports were granted to a “dozen” Hamas activists, including convicted terrorists.1
  • For the United States, Turkey’s military acquisitions present a problem. Erdoğan’s determination to acquire Russia’s advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile system forced the United States to cancel a deal to supply F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey.
  • Do not underestimate President Erdoğan’s ability to utilize Turkey’s strategic assets to advance his bold strategies. To prevent Erdoğan from provocations against Israel, it must be made clear to him the limits to the actions that Israel is willing to tolerate.

In Defence of Democracy

For the last few years I have been the target of orchestrated, unprecedented for a liberal democracy attacks. These vary and include a wide range of criminal activities that I could not possible mention here. All details will be in the lawsuit I am going to file.  

Evidence at my disposal, point to the leading and most powerful foreign diplomat in the country (Gr). As a result, I am going to take legal action against him, seeking answers to many ontological questions. This is a prerogative we have in democracies, a prerogative citizens did not have and today do not have in illiberal, soviet-like regimes.  

This is the only way to defend truth, western values, human rights, academic dignity and above all protect myself and my beloved. This choice has been imposed upon me by actions that go beyond any red line in democracies. It is the only means to get answers to many “why” questions.   

George Voskopoulos, Associate Professor of European Studies, f. Head of the Department of International and European Studies, UoM, Greece