December 10, 2018
The relations between nations / states – I here use them interchangeably although they do not refer to the same thing – ( let me say international relations) are managed in both a dynamic and static style. Firstly, I see it as a dynamic process ( the interaction between nations) because the global arena does not stay the same, wars break out, humanitarian crisis and terrorist attacks break out etc. These all require a dynamic setting in the interaction between nations. On the other hand, it is a static process because the rules and norms are hard to change, the superpowers (eg. The United States of America) do not abandon their positions easily.
The relations and interactions between states are not always managed by ministers of foreign affairs or diplomats or international organizations that the states are a part of. Here in the Turkish case (In the case of Khashoggi), the head of national intelligence agency (MIT) Hakan Fidan has been the pioneering player.
Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) head Hakan Fidan held a closed-door meeting on December 6 in Washington with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Gina Haspel and several U.S. senators over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Jamal Khashoggi (born in 1958 in Saudi Arabia) had graduated from Indiana University in the US. Jamal Khashoggi began his journalism career in his own country. According to the German Der Spiegel magazine Jamal Khashoggi had been one of the leading dissident intellectuals in his country. He strongly defended religious freedom. He wrote for many foreign journals and newspapers as well.
Khashoggi had gone into the Saudi Consulate in İstanbul on October 2 to get the marriage documents (he was engaged to a Turkish journalist called Hatice Cengiz )but he had never got out of the building again. For more than two weeks Saudi Arabia consistently denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for several times said that there is evidence that the savage killing was planned days in advance. According to some Turkish officials the murder of Khashoggi was planned 12 days ago. According to the phone calls and other evidence, such a conclusion was drawn according to some news reporters as well.
Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkish National Agency (MIT) went to the US on informing the US officials about Khashoggi assasination
The US sources did not confirm whether Fidan was in the US on his own initiative or had been invited by US officials. According to both Turkish and foreign sources, the briefing that Hakan Fidan gave to the senators made them even more convinced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Khashoggi.
So far, I have tried to put my own view about the sui generis nature of international relations in a globalizing world briefly. I have also tried to make a brief summary regarding Jamal Khassoggi’s assassination. Lastly, I should say that Hakan Fidan’s visit can pave the way for the finding of murderers in the near future. This will empower the diplomatic image/profile of Turkey in the global arena and empower Erdoğan’s charismatic personal profile in world politics as well. I think, the reaction of the US for the future developments will (re)shape the relations between Turkey and the US too.
Author : Begum Burak