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Tensions between Turkey and Greece May Flare Up in the Eastern Mediterranean

The natural gas exploration activities in the East Mediterranean in the 2000s revealed that there is a great economic potential in the region. But new opportunities have come with new challenges and crises as they remain susceptible to regional conflicts arising from the fact that maritime borders between the littoral states were not demarcated before […]

Departures Podcast with Ian Buruma

FDR and Churchill. Kennedy and Macmillan. Reagan and Thatcher. Bush and Blair. Trump and Johnson. The so-called “special relationship” enjoyed between the United States and the United Kingdom in the past 75 years since the end of World War II, often guided by the personalities of the respective individual leaders, has come to define so […]

What does Turkey’s gas discovery mean for the country and the region?

Addressing to the nation on Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey’s Fatih drilling vessel discovered the country’s largest natural gas reverse in its history in Tuna-1 field in the Black Sea. Erdoğan said the reserve discovered is amounted to 320 billion cubic meters. There are additional layers below the discovered reserve, according […]

Amid tensions with Greece, a win-win solution possible through dialogue, Turkey says

Earlier this month the Turkish government announced that it would continue its drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean until August 23.. “Our MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel reached the operation area after departing from Antalya, for its new mission in the Mediterranean. Around 83 million Turkish people support you, Oruc Reis,” Energy and Natural […]

From Libya to Syria, French-Turkish Interests Collide

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Friday that Turkey is still waiting for an apology from France over a naval standoff last month in the Mediterranean Sea. To recap, an incident happened between the navy forces of Turkey and France, two NATO allies, in the Mediterranean on June 10. Paris accused a Turkish navy of […]

Private Equity Funds Are Becoming the Next Target of Human Rights Legislation

At one point in time, private equity was the preferred investment vehicle; more agile, offering better expertise, and better regulatory conditions. Perhaps most importantly, the exemption under the SEC’s Regulation D, allowing private equity to raise capital while keeping financial records private. But is this level of privacy coming to an end, especially as “soft” […]

Departures Podcast: Interview with Edward Watts, Author of ‘Mortal Republic’

On our latest episode of the Departures podcast, we are excited to feature the bestselling history author Edward J. Watts, author of “Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny.” As the Romans designed it, a representative democracy is designed to ‘move slowly’ and ‘build consensus’ on policies to mitigate societal issues – but if the history […]

Five Things to Read on Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

President Donald Trump’s completely unexpected decision to pull 2,000 U.S. troops out of the conflict in Syria – announced this week via Twitter without much visible consultation – has predictably caused a bit of a shitstorm in the natsec community in Washington DC. There seems to be wide-ranging speculations about Trump’s motivations to make this […]

Departures Podcast: How Does the UK Stop its Schools to Prison Pipeline?

On this week’s episode of Departures I am pleased to be joined in our London offices by Cheryl Phoenix of The Black Child Agenda, a courageous organization which is working on the modest goal of tackling a massively entrenched system of institutional racism and bigotry in the British public sector. Cheryl’s insights into the experiences […]

Podcast: The Slow Boil to Italy’s Populist Moment

This week, Bob is joined in London by financial analyst Emanuele Minotti, CEO of investment advisory Theremos, to discuss the recent anti-establishment upheavals in Italy and what it means for Italian and European equity markets. Looking back at the past 20 years of Italy’s cheap borrowing as an EU member, there have been numerous missed […]