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How Erdogan's Dramatic Comeback Happened, and How Far Its Impact Might Reach

Yusuf Muftuoglu | Posted 11.02.2016 | World
Yusuf Muftuoglu

ISTANBUL -- The Turkish president now has an opportunity to offer something new to Turkey, to the Middle East and to the world. A fresh approach is very badly needed.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Turkey is headed in a dangerous direction, toward a corrupt, authoritarian state. The country needs an Arab Spring of sorts, but within the democratic process. An electoral revolution, not a street putsch. The use of the rule of law to end an illiberal government. The ballot box must make political power accountable.

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary majority, declining to 258 out of 550 seats.

Not Everything Happening in the Middle East Is Bad

Abdullah Gül | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Abdullah Gül

The removal from Syria of the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons shows that joint efforts can yield positive results. Likewise, by agreeing to extend the international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, the parties to the talks have kept alive the promise of a final deal, which would be a great victory for multilateral diplomacy.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

For US, Turkish Leaders Are Not Reliable Friends

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Washington must push Ankara to do more as part of their strong alliance, including fighting the so-called Islamic State militants, but it must at least wait and see how this internal reckoning within the ruling AKP turns out before it makes any enduring engagement with the Turkish government in other spheres.

Can Abdullah Gül Save Turkish Democracy?

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

On Thursday, Abdullah Gül, Turkey's last indirectly elected president, will leave office after seven years. Between now and the elections, the most critical question for Turkish democracy is what kind of role Gül sees for himself in the "new Turkey."

Internet Censorship Is a Big Problem for Turkey?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

They can put a little bird in a cage for a while, but human history shows us that wisdom, belief and the desire to discover cannot be caged by authority.

Reading the Fault Lines in Istanbul

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

LONDON--It was 45 years ago this summer that I found myself in Chicago, being bludgeoned by a police officer. Earlier that spring, my mentor--German ...

Religious-Secular Clashes in Turkish Politics

Peter Henne | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Peter Henne

There is a significant cultural divide in Turkey today. Secular, Westernized and liberal segments of society are worlds apart from conservative, pious communities in the interior of Turkey.

Turkey To Exhume Former President

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | World

ISTANBUL, Oct 2 (Reuters) - The remains of former Turkish President Turgut Ozal are to be exhumed from his grave in Istanbul on Tuesday on the order...

Abdullah Gul: Egyptian Muslims Should Not Fear Secularism

Nathan Gardels | Posted 07.25.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

"Turkey's position on Iran's nuclear program is crystal clear: We are categorically opposed to the presence of weapons of mass destruction in our region. Attempts to develop or acquire WMDs might well trigger a regional arms race."