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The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

Kaya Genc | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL ― Flying back to Istanbul after a warm week in Britain ― where it felt liberating to be away from the constant political chatter back hom...

Erdogan Exploits Islam For Personal And Political Gain

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.01.2017 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

This is the third in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey ...

Academia In Turkey Faces 'Cleansing, Political Vandalization And Intellectual 'Desertification'

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 02.13.2017 | Home
Yavuz Baydar

When I heard the news on late Tuesday night, I did not know who to pity more than the other. I knew a few of the victims, but the first one I thought was a soft-spoken, elderly gentleman; Prof İbrahim Kaboğlu, from Marmara University, a top Turkish expert on constitution and law.

Erdogan: A Classic Case Of How Power Corrupts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.02.2017 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

This is the second in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey a...

Erdogan's Lust For Power Is Destroying Turkey's Democracy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.27.2017 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

This is the first in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey an...

US Retreat From Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home
David L. Phillips

Russia and Turkey are systematically excluding the United States from events in Syria. The US must either demand a seat at the table, shaping negotiations, or cede diplomacy to Russia and Turkey, knowing they will act in their narrow national interests to the detriment of Syrians.

The Assassination Of The Russian Ambassador Was An Anomaly Even For Grief-Stricken Turkey

Ilgin Yorulmaz | Posted 12.24.2016 | Home
Ilgin Yorulmaz

Even by the standards of recent tragedies experienced by my country, Monday’s assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was ...

Turkey Has Proved It No Longer Is A Friend To The U.S.

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

Predicting the course of the coming Trump presidency could be an Olympic sport. The president-elect evidences strong opinions but little knowledge of many issues. Moreover, he usually was short on specifics: for instance, what would it mean to "bomb the shit" out of ISIS?

A Chronic Problem: Violence Against Women In Turkey

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Women in Turkey enjoy far better legal protections than many of their Middle Eastern neighbors: sexual assault and domestic violence are punishable, and divorce laws give women a stake in marital property. But deep-seated, restrictive views of women's roles still foment violence.

Why did Erdoğan ask Parliamentary Probe Commission to terminate its mission on coup attempt?

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 12.12.2016 | Home
Yavuz Baydar

It's about 2 p.m. in July 15. An air force major, known only by his initials as H.A., leaves the military headquarters in Ankara. He is in a hurry, an...

Albanians are Reliable Allies

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.12.2016 | Home
David L. Phillips

Brussels - Greater security cooperation with Albania and Kosovo would augment Europe's existing security architecture, and advance US strategic intere...

What Is Next In Turkey?

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Aydoğan Vatandaş

At the 2005 World Summit, it was affirmed that "each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity."

Did Turkey Really Save Democracy On July 15?

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 10.03.2016 | Home
Mahir Zeynalov

On July 15, Turkey was no longer a democracy to be saved. True, it would even be worse if the military successfully took over the government. The failure of the military on July 15 was a welcoming development for Turkish civilian politics, a historic one. But it was far from saving the Turkish democracy, which did not exist on July 15 anyway.

Turkey's Economy At The Crossroads

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Otaviano Canuto

All things considered, Turkey's economy is not at a breaking point. Annual growth between 3 and 4 percent may underwhelm, but emerging market GDP expansion is down across the globe: Mexico, Brazil and South Africa would be very pleased with Turkey's growth projections.

Erdogan Banned Turkish Reporter From Twitter Because He Doesn't Care What You Think

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Turkey’s president attracted fresh international outrage on Monday after prominent Turkish reporter Mahir Zeynalov revealed that a co...

Erdogan Wants 'Every Last Rebel Killed', But He Won't Succeed

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

To understand the Kurds' mindset, Erdogan will do well to revisit, however cursorily, their history and the hardship they have experienced since the end of World War I.

Trump, Erdogan And Post-Truth Politics

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Mahir Zeynalov

How are you going to hold leaders accountable for their false statements when millions of their supporters buy them? Welcome to post-truth politics.

Obama's Nuclear Deal Invalidated UN Resolutions That Curb Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.12.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The Obama administration has quietly voiced warnings that its putative deal with the Russian government is at a breaking point, and said it is running...

Turkey Removes Two Dozen Elected Mayors In Kurdish Areas

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.11.2016 | Home

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Turkey appointed new administrators in two dozen Kurdish-run municipalities on Sunday after removing their ele...

Erdogan's About Face Confuses Regional Players

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The G20 summit in China that starts in Sunday will be an occasion for learning the orientations of the world's most powerful countries and a test for ...

Erdogan's Waterloo: Turkey Invades And Occupies Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
David L. Phillips

President Barack Obama is wary of the pottery barn rule: "You break it, you own it." Supporting Turkey's invasion and occupation of Syria would be a strategic mistake, making the United States a protagonist in Syria's civil war.

Erdogan Is In Syria With A Green Light From The U.S. And Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

Erdogan's Turkey, which was an ally of the West and the Gulf, is today an ally of whoever provides support for Erdogan's authoritarian hold on Turkey, such as Russia.

Should We Send A Man We Know Is Innocent To His Death Abroad?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
John A. Tures

In the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, a Nazi judge has to answer for sacrificing an innocent man to appease the bloodlust of an angry crowd, swearing he had no idea how it would lead to the Holocaust.

Turks Should Question The Official Narrative That Gulen Was Behind The Coup

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 08.25.2016 | Home
Mahir Zeynalov

It is my understanding that this line of defense has already become an official narrative of the government. When confronted by Western officials, Turkish government ministers keep repeating this: 80 million believe it was a Gulenist job. You may not want to lose the Turkish people.

Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria, Pushing Islamic State Out Of Key Border Town

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.24.2016 | Home

KARKAMIS, Turkey/ANKARA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State’s last ...