Turkish penetration into Balkans, IUS and “BURCH” universities in Sarajevo part of the Neo Ottoman policy

Posted on March 31, 2013 by


Turkey’s use of ” gentle power” to re -occupy  the BALKANS AND RE ESTABLISH  ” the new  Ottoman Empire ”

Turkish International University of Sarajevo (International University of Sarajevo – IUS) is a private educational institution founded by the Turkish entrepreneurs related to the Justice and Development Party of the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. University was established in 2004. The number of students has grown up to the 1100.

  • The Symbol of the university is a memorial to Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror who 1453rd took Constantinople by storm and 1463rd Bosnia
  • The IUS classes are conducted in English in accordance with the Bologna system by model 4 +1 +3.  The program consists of three colleges: the Engineering and related sciences,  Business management, Arts, and Social sciences. The first 32 students graduated on 26th June 2009.         http://www.ius.edu.ba/
  • The Turks, as well as “Bosnians”,  are required to master the language of their peers – Bosnian and Turkish
  • Students in “BURCH” – another Turkish university  – characterize  conservative religious spirit  (wahhabi?) , but at the same time their lectures are secular. 
  • Studies  in “BURCH”  are also in accordance with the  Bologna system (3 +2 +3),  also in English. The BERC university consists of three faculties and offers training in the following sectors: Information Technology, Management, English Language and Literature, Turkish Language and Literature

CYPRUS Sarjevo

 IUS Sarajevo University organizes annual training program Search and Rescue in Northern (occupied) Cyprus, in ‘Lefkoşa’ ( capital Nicosia called so by local Turkish Cypriot population).


Turkey is becoming more visible using “gentle power” to return to the former Ottoman Empire frames in the Balkans.

“Turkish leaders are working at a new Ottoman empire, a gentle one,” said Amir Zukic, the bureau chief of the Turkish Anadolu news agency’s Sarajevo office, which has expanded in recent months. “Turkey, a former regional power, is trying to come back in a big way.”

IT was during the mid-1990s, as Yugoslavia fell apart, that Turkish aid started flowing to the Bosnian Muslims. Since then, Turkish funding has helped reconstruct historical  Ottoman-era monuments only!

Bosnajci sa Turskom

caption: Novi Pazar , Serbia: young Bosnian Muslims in Serbia always support Turkish team when they play vs. Serbia.

Now Turkey’s cultural influence is hard to miss. Turkish dignitaries are frequent visitors to Sarajevo.  And this year, a baroque soap opera based on the life of Suleiman the Magnificent, a 16th-century ruler of the Ottoman Empire, has mesmerized couch potatoes amid Bosnia’s dreary winter.

Cultural penetration of the Turks in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo is coordinated  with a parallel growth of their investments in the economy of these and other Balkan countries, including Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. The paradox is that  Turkish investments in the economy of these countries are approved by the Balkan corruptible  elites.
Turkey is currently the third largest investor in Croatia (according to the 2012. statistics).

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to establish close relations even with the Serbian government and  focused  Turkish diplomats as intermediaries, to subordinate Serbia and bring  governments of Serbia in subordinated position to the Bosnia.

The presence of Turkey in the Balkans, which is on the rise, means expanding the sphere of influence of this country on the European continent in a situation where the road to the European Union for Turkey itself closed.

It appears that the expansion of Turkey in the Balkan region, which  has an economic and a cultural nature for the time being, is the (Western) compensation  for banning  this country into the full  EU membership.

These efforts of Turkey in the Balkans provided them with  new opportunities for economic growth in the situation of political instability on their eastern borders with Syria.

Even the  representatives of the Turkish policy of “soft power” in the Balkans do not hide  that their goal is  the “New Ottoman Empire”, only temporary  its softer version.

Turkey is trying to return to the Balkans as the leading country in the region. The growing influence of Turkey in Bosnia is observed with anxiety and dissatisfaction by the Serbian people, who already face  Bosnian Muslims dreaming the rule of the old imperial power.

“For Islamists, such as the Albanians and Bosnian Muslims, a return of Turkey back to the Balkans is a fulfillment of ambitions. But for many Serbs and also for many Croats, their national struggle in the 19th century is still in their minds,” said Esad Hecimovic, the editor of news programs on OMT, the private television station that has been airing the soap opera based on Suleiman’s life.

The efforts in the Balkans have given Turkey a new venue for economic growth as it has grappled with ethnic violence that has engulfed neighboring Syria. There, a nation and a state that also was once part of the Ottoman Empire is getting destroyed with the uncovered Turkish support — a development that has similarities to what happened in Yugoslavia.

Many in the Balkans think they are merely a way point on the route to Turkey’s broader goals.

“They are a big regional power,” said Hayruddin Somun, a former Bosnian ambassador to Turkey. “The Balkans was always their path to conquering Europe. They had to come through here.”

surce: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-bosnia-turkey-brings-back-a-gentle-version-of-the-empire/2013/03/24/23cf05f8-84e2-11e2-98a3-b3db6b9ac586_print.html

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