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Ibrahim Kalin

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Facts, ideas and the betrayal of human reason

On Nov. 25, 1994, Isiah Berlin, the famous political philosopher and historian of ideas, sent a short speech to be read on his behalf at the University of Toronto where he was awarded an honorary doctorate. The key argument of his "short credo," as h... more

A fractured world order

The existing world order seems fractured at its seams again. It is an order undermined by its own failures and excesses. While the Westphalian order of nation-states remains to be the backbone of the current global order, other factors such as non-st... more

After the nuclear deal

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and Iran announced on April 2 that they have reached an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. After more than a decade of tensions, sanctions and negotiations, this is an impor... more

Preventing a new cold war in the Middle East

The Arab League Summit held at Sharm al-Sheik over the weekend ended with a strong support for Yemen's elected President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the alliance of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former president of Yemen, the Houthis and Iran. The Saud... more

The Yemen crisis: An opportunity for regional peace?

The Yemen crisis, once overcome, may provide an opportunity for Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries to engage Iran with a view toward regional peace and security.The Saudi-led operation in Yemen could be the first sign of the new Saudi foreign policy und... more

Is peace possible after the Israeli elections?

If Netanyahu's ultimate objective is the security of Israel and the safety of its citizens, then a fair and sustainable peace with the Palestinians is the only way to achieve it.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised even the most astute... more

On contemplation

Contemplation is not an idle practice of empty thoughts. It is an active state of full consciousness. It is an invitation to acquiring knowledge and wisdom. It elevates the human soul to a higher state of understanding. It is badly needed in our incr... more

Saving the Assad regime, losing the war.

It is not clear how negotiating with the Assad regime will resolve the gross human rights violations, possible war crimes, use of chemical weapons and the millions of internally displaced people and refugees.Two top U.S. officials have now openly hin... more

On being rational

In his famous work, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, published in 1936, the German philosopher Edmund Husserl stated that "if man is a rational being, it is only insofar as his whole civilization is a rational civiliz... more

Europe's horizon

Europe faces major challenges in eurozone policies, immigration, racism, Islamophobia and a growing sense of irrelevance in global affairs. European leaders disagree more than they agree on key issues of foreign policy, economy and immigration.As the... more

Protecting women's dignity

March 8 is celebrated as International Women's Day every year. It is a day when women's achievements are recognized around the world. Why does one need such a day? The answer lies in the checkered history of relations between men and women and the vi... more

A new page in Turkish-Saudi relations

On March 2, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid his first official visit to Saudi Arabia after King Salman bin Abdulaziz succeeded the late King Abdullah. This is also Erdoğan's first visit to the Kingdom as the president of Turkey. The visit comes a... more

Violence, tradition and modernity

As the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) uses Islamic arguments to justify its barbaric acts of killing, immolation and slavery, Muslims need to ask critical questions about the use and misuse of their tradition in the modern world. Using Isla... more

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