I still remember reading the encouraging lines of Albert Reynolds, who was twice Taoiseach of Ireland and thinking when will God show such a promising start to my country. He said “I call on everyone of goodwill both in Ireland and abroad to join now in ensuring that the beginning of peace becomes a reality, before this year is out. Let us together open a new era in our history.”
The start of a new adventure
Among the disputes in the Middle East, a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn in Turkey.Ceylan Ozbudak
Turkey, a bridge between Asia and Europe, makes it among top tier ranked nations in terms of size, population, wealth and military power. As a regional power, Turkey is at the epicenter of a very challenging place with problematic countries as neighbors. Being the sole secular, democratic country amongst the 43 Muslim countries, Turkey emerges as a bridge between North-South, East-West, Muslims-Christians, fundamentalists and secularists. Turkey plays an important role in the encouragement of the newly independent Central Asian Turkic Republics to embrace a western model. With internal matters now settled, Turkey can be more assertive and take an expanded diplomatic role in aiding the solutions to affairs in the region.