Talha Köse is the chair and an Associate Professor of the Political Science Department at Ibn Haldun University. Köse has a BA from Boğaziçi University; an MA from Sabancı University and a Ph.D. from School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution George Mason University. Köse’s research focuses on ethnic and religious conflicts and political violence in the Middle East; Conflict Resolution, and non-coercive approaches in Turkish Foreign Policy. Köse is a senior researcher at the SETA Foundation. Köse’s comments and op-eds appear frequently in Turkish and international media and he has a column at Daily Sabah. Dr. Köse’s academic publications appeared in notable Turkish and international academic outlets such as Foreign Policy Analysis, Party Politics, Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Insight Turkey, Perceptions, Uluslararası İlişkiler and Ru’ye Türkiyye.
Washington's gradual disengagement strategy from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has taken a new shape as news continues to arrive from Vienna on the renewed talks related to Iran's nuclear file.
Turkey's relations with Washington and Brussels have been in decline for the last several years. This downward trend in diplomatic relations has paused but the accord has not yet been transformed into a more constructive one.
In the early 2000s, Turkey made remarkable progress in terms of legal and political reform. At the time, there was a belief in total membership as well momentum for political change and adaptation. The EU side slowed down the process and obstructed Turkey's accession progress.
Some influential figures in Washington and Brussels are continuing to advise authorities on both sides of the Atlantic to sideline, or even contain Turkey in the defense architecture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Black Sea region and southeastern Europe.