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Ahmet Davutoglu

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2015 | 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.

Erdogan's Fall From Grace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The steady erosion of sociopolitical conditions, the growing restrictions on free speech and the pervasiveness of the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party created deep anxiety and fear among the general public as they witnessed the gradual transformation of their country from a democracy to a police state.

In the Middle East, Islamists Are not the Enemies of Democracy

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
John L. Esposito

The majority of Muslims see no real contradiction between Islam and democracy. Today, the most profound struggles in the Middle East are between democratic visions, whether secularist or religious, and authoritarianism, whether secularist or religious.

Could a Turkish Islamist Party Siphon Votes From Erdogan's AKP?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John A. Tures

As story after story emerges about the potential game changing 2015 election in Turkey, one party is virtually being ignored. But it has a good chance of playing the spoiler for the ambitions of the ruling AKP and its autocratic President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it's a party once led by a former Erdogan all

Oscar-Worthy Performances by World Leaders (Paris Edition)

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

It should not escape notice that a handful of the world leaders who were at the march advocating freedom of speech do not uphold this right in their own countries, much less promote it. It made me think of an Oscar-worthy performance, ending when the credits rolled and everyone went home.

Turkish PM Calls Corruption Probe A 'Coup Attempt'

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said graft allegations against four fo...

The Fall of the Would-Be Emperor

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkey has the potential of becoming a significant global power, but to realize that, Erdogan must change course or leave. His arrogance, though, and self-styled piousness will prevent him from doing either and deny Turkey its deserving place to play a constructive role on the global stage.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Turkey, Reluctant Partner In Obama's ISIS Strategy, Frustrates U.S. Officials

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey, with its resources, geographic position and potential regional sway, is uniquely suited to be the West's key partner against the...

Erdogan Needs a Spasm of Lucidity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades.

New Era With a New Prime Minister in Turkey?

Sasha Toperich | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Sasha Toperich

Tough tasks await incoming Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. In the upcoming days, the Davutoğlu administration will show us whether it is possible to maintain a delicate balance between freedom of expression and national security without damaging democratic principles such as the rule of law and freedoms.

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Turkey: Military Overthrow Of Morsi 'Unacceptable'

AP | Posted 09.03.2013 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey, which had formed an emerging alliance with Egypt's ousted Islamist leader Muhammed Morsi, on Thursday slammed the democ...

Turkey Protesters Release List Of Demands

AP | ELENA BECATOROS | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

ISTANBUL — Office workers in business suits chant anti-government slogans alongside pious women wearing Muslim headscarves. Schoolchildren and b...

John Kerry Has Busy First Day As Secretary Of State

AP | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — New Secretary of State John Kerry reached out to Israeli and Palestinian leaders in phone calls this weekend, assuring them the Oba...

Turkey Urges Muslim States To Recognize Syria Opposition

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2012 | World

DJIBOUTI, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Muslim nations to recognise a fledgling Syrian opposition coalition on...

All Eyes on Ankara: Can Turkey Lead in Syria?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

For Turkey, leading on Syria and getting it right is critical. But Syria is a complicated challenge because of the interaction between domestic, regional, and international factors, which present Ankara with a nightmarish set of moving parts.

Turkish Helicopter Crash Kills 16 In Afghanistan

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 05.15.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers on board and four...

Turkey's Vision for 2012 and Beyond: Davutoglu's Washington Visit

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 04.18.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

It is too soon to tell whether Davutoğlu's promising rhetoric may become a reality, but at least Washington has experienced first-hand Turkey's approach and vision for 2012 and beyond.

Joshua Hersh

Syria Crisis: Turkey Inches, Somewhat Reluctantly, To The Forefront

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- When Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, arrived in Washington late last week, he came with a clear and direct message about the...

'I Certainly Do Not See Iran as a Threat'

David Harris | Posted 03.09.2012 | World
David Harris

Iran has doubtless learned something from two countries in particular. The first is North Korea. The second is Libya.

Turkey's Foreign Minister To Visit Iran

AP | Posted 03.05.2012 | World

ANKARA, Turkey -- Officials say Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Iran for talks on the country's nuclear program and developments i...

U.S.-Turkish Relations: Modesty and Revitalization

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Given the historic challenges and opportunities facing both the U.S. and Turkey, now is the time to build on the incredible momentum in the U.S.-Turkish alliance to structurally harness Ankara's impressive rise.

Turkey: The Center of Everything

Eric Margolis | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Eric Margolis

The US, France, Israel and Britain are so blinded by their anti-Iran passion, they are ready to destroy Syria to get at Great Satan Iranian. That's like burning down your house to get rid of mice.

Turkey Urges Iraq To Crack Down On Kurdish Rebels

AP | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday that Iraq should move to prevent Kurdish attacks on his country from Iraqi soil as the two c...