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Posted on on June 28th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (


We remember the book RESET by Stephen Kinzer. We reviewed Stephen Kinzer’s ideas The US and the EU in the Middle East – the roles of Israel and Saudi Aeabia and the possibility of a completely new configuration in that region

Overall, Kinzer defends the importance of America’s partnership with Turkey and Iran, despite Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s possible dissatisfaction, and despite significant recent developments in the Middle East.

“Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future” consists of four parts, and the sections are entitled:For the people in spite of the people, Our name has not been an honored one, Very far away,and finally The door is so wide open.

The book begins with a historical overview of Turkey’s and Iran’s democratization process. In the first part of the book, the author explains the adventure of Turkish and Iranian society’s westernization and the further political, economical and social reforms after the establishment of the Turkish Republic based on Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s vision of a modern Turkey. He also addresses Morgan Shuster’s and Reza Pahlavi’s struggle against Russian and English influence in Iran. And Kinzer says, “President Mustafa Kemal and Reza Shah took over wretched and miserably poor countries.

Our two articles of a year ago can be found via:…

We live now at a time of RESET in the Positioning of Turkey in the Middle East with a potential Reset also in American policy towards the Middle East. The latest debacle that involved Turkey, planned or not, has the potential that a new leader in the region has come on board. The new energy has to be encouraged to do good in the future. – Friday, June 11th, 2010


Much can be learned from reports of Ambassadors. They watch a country changing and stress to understand intentions.

We went to listen to the Book presentation at the Austrian State Archives with hopes to also understand Turkey’s present RESET from North to South with the [pssible future RESET of US foreign policy in the Middle East.

We thought that the opening of the Austrian Embassy to Rurkey in 1960 may help us understand what actually did go wrong with the Turkey – EU relationship.

The T i 1960: Political reports by Ambassador Karl Hartl to Au nminister Bruno Kreisky?Turkey 1960: Political reports by Ambassador Karl Hartl to Foreign Minister Bruno Kreisky
192 pages Paperback
Lit Verlag
Published: April 2011
ISBN-10: 3643503075
ISBN-13: 9783643503077
Price: EUR 19.90

Edited by: Ambassador Rudolf Agstner

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