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Turkey’s Soft Power in the Middle East

Assad Bhuglah

Turkey’s soft power capacity comes from its history, culture and geography. Rather than seeing
them as obstacles or burdens, the Turks are now turning them into strategic assets in both domestic
and foreign policy. There have been profound changes in Turkish Foreign Policy when compared to
what it was in post 1923 and what it is in the 2000s. Turkey’s strategic assets are derived from
combination of two elements: history and geography. Moreover, the country has a certain cultural
value that spans centuries and it may become a soft power in international relations. The new
Turkish public diplomacy is building on Turkey’s expanding soft power in the Balkans, the Middle
East and the Caucasus.

The Defiant Catalonia

By Assad Bhuglah

The fierce rivalry between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spain's top football clubs is not just about
sports, but is an expression of a latent sentiment of Catalan identity. Barcelona is the proud capital
of Catalonia, one of the autonomous communities of Spain.

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Water Diplomacy

Water remains the most precious commodity that arouses competing needs among various stakeholders such as consumers, agriculture, industry, energy-producers, urban developers and environmental conservationists.

Love Conquers

The softness and compassion of the heart, the warmth of love, the benevolence and tranquillity of the inner self, all constitute an immense wealth. If your heart is at peace, your attitude too will be serene, the words will be gentle and the tone kindly, and there will be an all-encompassing tenderness in your interaction with others. "Adopt tenderness." [Muslim] "Whoever is deprived of tenderness is deprived of all good." [Muslim]

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