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Ergodan Ally Poised To Become New Prime Minister Of Turkey

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.19.2016 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim emerged on Thursday as the likely new leader of the ruling AK Party and therefore the...

The Survival of Erdogan Inc.

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Photo credit: AFP Several days ago, I was listening to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arguing that his presidential ambitions were not his p...

How Turkey Became a De Facto Dictatorship

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The forced resignation of Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing -- President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions.

Turkey's Ruling Party, the AKP, Is Next On Erdogan's Hit List

John A. Tures | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
John A. Tures

As Turkey slouches toward dictatorship, purging enemies and former allies, Recep Tayip Erdogan has a cheering section, in the form of the AKP, the ruling party in Turkey.

Turkey's Surprising March Towards a Presidential System

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Erdogan's mastery of Turkish politics has never been in question, but whether Davutoglu's resignation will hurt or help him in his quest for a presidential system in Turkey will ultimately depend on how this next chapter plays out.

Turkey's Prime Minister Is Stepping Down. Here's Why That's Alarming.

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.05.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu -- Turkey’s leading political figure, at least on paper -- announced Thursday that he plans to step down ...

Turkish PM Stepping Down Amid Rift With Erdogan

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 05.05.2016 | World

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, May 5 (Reuters) - Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Thursday that he was stepping down as leader of Turkey's ruling AK Party and therefore...

EU Leaders Approve Deal With Turkey To Curb Migrant Flows

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.18.2016 | World

BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters) - European Union leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey on Friday intended to halt illegal migration flows to ...

Turkish PM Says Downed Drone Was Russian-Made

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

A drone shot down by Turkish warplanes in Turkish air space near Syria on Friday was Russian-made, but Moscow has told Ankara the unmanned aircraft di...

Did Turkey's Regime Just Kill Its Own People at a Peace Rally?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Turkey's government would have you believe that Kurdish terrorists killed more than 100 Kurdish party faithful at a peace rally. It's clear the Erdogan regime thinks the world is pretty stupid to believe that. Amazingly, Western leaders are buying it.

Why Turkey Aims for ‘Zero Problems' With Russia's War in Syria

Behlül Özkan | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.

Russia Backs Syrian Forces In Major Assault On Insurgents

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.07.2015 | World

By Sylvia Westall and Dominic Evans BEIRUT, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their ...

Turkey's Erdoğan Is Hanging On For Dear Life

Behlül Özkan | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- We could be witnessing the beginning of the end for Erdoğan and his circle. He evidently hopes that if fighting with the PKK resumes, the resulting chaos will turn the tide in his favor in the Nov. 1 elections. But this desperate strategy is fraught with peril.

Turkey's PM Fails To Form Coalition Government

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.18.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu formally ended attempts to form the next government on Tuesday after weeks of coalit...

Turkey Faces Snap Election

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

ANKARA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Turkey faces a snap election this autumn after talks on forming a coalition government broke down on Thursday, increasing u...

Turkey's President Finally Asks Premier To Form Government Month After Election

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2015 | World

By Ercan Gurses ANKARA, July 9 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed a quick start to coalition talks on Thursday, after Preside...

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.

Erdogan's Fall From Grace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.25.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 former minister...

The Fall of the Would-Be Emperor

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.18.2016 | 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.