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Here's What's Behind Erdoğan's New Airstrikes -- And Why They Could Backfire

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly attacked ISIS in Syria. Why now? Just what is going on? There may not be any coherent strategy, but here's what I think are the key issues driving policy.

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 06.27.2015 | 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.

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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.

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I talked with Turkish photographer Attila Durak back in 2007, he was just finishing up a project documenting the country's many ethnic groups.

Turkey's Historic Election: Reflecting on a Transformative Moment

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Sunday's general election was a turning point for Turkey. For the first time in 13 years, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) no longer controls the majority in the parliament and cannot govern alone.

Turkey Post-Elections: Will Erdoğan Be Balanced by the Opposition?

Wikistrat | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Wikistrat

The Republic of Turkey has undergone a seismic domestic political shift, as millions of Turkish citizens headed to the polls on June 7 and created a new parliament with four seated parties.

Meet The Pro-Gay, Pro-Women Party Shaking Up Turkish Politics

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

Turkey held parliamentary elections on Sunday in a vote that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party lose its single-party majority after...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Voters Made History Last Night, Putting Erdogan's Power In Check. Now What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Voters issued an unexpected blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday night’s historic election by pushing his party out ...

Turkey Could Face Early Election After Plunge Into Uncertainty

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

By Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses ANKARA, June 8 (Reuters) - Turkey faced the prospect of weeks of political turmoil after the ruling ...

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

Sophia Jones

Meet The Transgender Woman Who Wants To Represent Turkey's LGBT Community This Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Twenty years ago, Deva Ozenen didn’t know if she’d ever find a way out of prostitution. The young transgender woman couldn’t fin...

Turkey's Opposition Parties: Looking for an 'Opening' Against Erdogan

John A. Tures | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
John A. Tures

The political zinger of the year may not have come from the Israeli, United Kingdom or Nigerian elections. Rather, it came from a Kurd in Turkey's election, in a race likely to reverberate beyond the Middle East. And it pokes fun at the increasingly autocratic Turkish President Erdogan.

Ahead of Turkey's Crucial Election, Citizens Take Action to Protect Their Vote

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

This is a historic moment where a single vote could possibly shape the course of Turkey's bloodiest conflict and its future regime type, with repercussions beyond the country's borders. With so much hanging on the outcome, this is also a crucial test for Turkey's embattled electoral system.

Erdoğan, the Messiah or a Pontificator?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in İstanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition.

Change Turkey's Electoral System

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

The AKP, which has ruled more than any other party in Turkish history, is bracing to solicit votes for upcoming parliamentary elections with a promise that the country will be better shaped if led by a president with more executive powers.

How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.

Can Turkey Lead the Islamic World and Still Be a Western Ally?

Behlül Özkan | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

The AKP does not aspire to be a model for the Islamic world; it aspires to be its leader -- a duty which includes safeguarding the interests of the nearly 20 million Muslims living in Europe. In Erdoğan's view, it is the EU which must accommodate itself to Turkey, not vice versa. Erdoğan is saying to the West: If you want my help in the Middle East, then we'll play by my rules.

Revisiting Kafka's Castle in New Turkey

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

In today's Turkey, the controversial 1150-room palace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dubbed AK Saray, is no less than Kafka's Castle in terms of its absurdity.

Barring Coverage, Assaults and Fear: New Reports Signal SOS for Turkish Media

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.09.2015 | Media
Yavuz Baydar

There seems to be no end in the type of news coming from Turkey: all the stories in bits and pieces insisting on a single pattern; of journalism being paralysed, forced by any means necessary to abandon its social role, in the service of the public.

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

'Kurdish Peace Process': Erdoğan's Gamble for Absolute Power?

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Yavuz Baydar

The core of mass fury had to with the question Turkey's Kurds ask constantly these days: Can we trust that President Erdoğan is sincere about the peace talks with the PKK or, are we all being jerked around, duped?

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.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tells Women not to Laugh in Public

Harut Sassounian | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Harut Sassounian

Rather than being worried about women's laughter, Deputy Prime Minister Arinc and Prime Minister Erdogan should be more concerned about their government's increasing slide into authoritarian rule.