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Inching Closer To a Regional, Or Perhaps Global, All-Out War?

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 02.11.2016 | World
Shahir ShahidSaless

The military landscape in Syria is sharply changing in favor of Bashar al-Assad's regime, the fall of which the Saudis vehemently seek.

The West Needs a Large Dose of Humility

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What we have today is a West that is retreating militarily and shrinking economically, yet one that still speaks as the lord and master in command of the fates of nations and continents.

The Historic Battle for Syria

Joe Lauria | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Joe Lauria

As the Russian-backed Syrian army threatens to liberate Aleppo, potentially determining the outcome of five years of civil war, Saudi Arabia is challe...

Orhan Pamuk Speaks Up Against the Oppression in Turkey

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Yavuz Baydar

"How could you, prime minister, have become so cruel, so coldhearted?" said Mahsun Kırmızıgül recently, unable to hold back his feelings on the ongoing deadly clashes in the Southeast of Turkey.

Turkey Snared

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Yavuz Baydar

The postponement of the Syrian peace talks until Wednesday at the earliest shows how arduous even setting the basic modalities is and how little ground has been gained by the chief choreographer of the process -- the US.

Turkey Is Back To Zero In Kurdish Issue

Sevda Zeynalova | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Sevda Zeynalova

Once seen as a glimmer of hope for possibly granting long-denied rights and liberties of Kurds, Erdogan is now embracing a state narrative, the one that had been alienating Kurds.

Why We Can't Afford to Abandon Turkey's Kurds

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Stefan Ihrig

JERUSALEM -- The renewed violence in the Turkish southeast owes a lot to an undigested history of violence against all sorts of ethnic and otherwise defined enemies of the Turkish state.

Turkey, the U.S. and Europe Are All Partly to Blame for the Festering Syria War

Behlül Özkan | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- Turkey bears a large share of responsibility for the festering of the civil war in Syria. To that end, Turkey -- along with Saudi Arabia -- recently helped create the Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest), an alliance of diverse jihadi groups, to try to overthrow the Assad regime. The U.S. and E.U. are also to blame, having assisted Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in their destabilization of Syria.

Turkey Cannot Effectively Fight ISIS Unless It Makes Peace With the Kurds

Ömer Taşpınar | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Ömer Taşpınar

Erdogan doesn't fully support the eradication of jihadist groups in Syria. The reason is simple: the Arab and Turkmen Islamist groups are the main bulwark against the expansion of the de facto autonomous Kurdish enclave in northern Syria. Thus, Erdogan tries hard after each ISIS attack to create a "generic" threat of terrorism in which all groups are bundled up together without any clear references to ISIS. He is trying to present the PKK as enemy number one.

Turkey Suffers From Terrorism Because Erdogan Targets Political Opponents Instead

John A. Tures | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Erdogan's crackdown on political rivals coupled with a disproportionate number of bombings at Kurdish rallies and other parties makes you wonder what's really going on.

Losing Turkey

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

The Obama administration must see Turkey under the reign of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what it is, not how it used to be, or how Washington wishes it were.

Fate of Turkish Democracy To Be Tested By the AKP and Its Archival, The Pro-Kurdish HDP

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Yavuz Baydar

As the Kurdish conflict with severe measures threatens to bury whatever remains of hopes to establish peace, indications from the HDP camp, represented as the third largest group in Turkish parliament with 59 deputies of 550 are also clear.

Turkish Presidency Says Erdogan's Hitler Comments Misinterpreted

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.04.2016 | World

ISTANBUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) - The Turkish presidency said on Friday comments by President Tayyip Erdogan about the system of governance in Hitler's Ger...

It's No Surprise That Turkey's Erdogan Likes Adolf Hitler's Government

John A. Tures | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Late Friday afternoon, reports circulated that Erdogan expressed admiration for Hitler's Nazi government. If it was a statement made by a democratic figure, it would be treated as a bad joke in poor taste. But for the authoritarian Erdogan, it's a rare instance of his honesty, showing how the strongman really feels.

Turkey's President Calls Hitler's Germany Example Of Effective Government

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.01.2016 | World

ISTANBUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who is pushing for executive powers, cites Hitler's Germany as an example of an effecti...

Turkey's Islamist Agenda in Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.01.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Turkey's foreign policy in the Balkans promotes a neo-Ottoman agenda, aimed at expanding its influence in former territories of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey exports Islamism under the guise of cultural cooperation. It also seeks economic advantage, using business as leverage to consolidate its national interests.

Turkish President Erdogan 'Talks Man Out Of Jumping Off Bridge'

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 12.26.2015 | World

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The U.S. Found The People Who Can Beat ISIS. The Only Problem Is Everyone Hates Them.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

  ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One day in the fall of 2012, Salih Muslim Muhammed walked into the boxy gray American embassy in Stockholm and applied...

With Turkey Bashing, Putin Seeks to Save Face

Sevda Zeynalova | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Sevda Zeynalova

Photo credit: Zaman, Turgut Engin Downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets on the Turkish-Syrian border has provided an enabling environment fo...

Russia's Talking Turkey

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Turkey's recent downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber could spell disaster, not just for Turkey and Russia, but for Turkey's Western allies, including the United States.

Did Erdogan Commit Political Suicide?

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 12.05.2015 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Erdogan has been actively pursuing the ouster of Assad since 2012, but Russia's recent intervention in Syria, in alliance with Iran and its highly ideologically and politically motivated proxies, has resulted in a serious setback for Erdogan's plans.

The Russo - Turkish Crisis: Is the Syrian War Going Global?

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

Will the downing of the Russian fighter jet by the Turkish armed forces over Turkey's war-torn border with Syria on 24 November go down in history as ...

Doctor May Face Jail For Comparing Turkish President To Gollum

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.02.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court overseeing the case of a doctor accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled that a comm...

Russia Says Turkey's President Benefits From ISIS Oil Trade

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top brass on Wednesday accused the Turkish president and his family of personally benefiting from the illegal oil...

ISIS, Turkey and Oil -- The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

James Stafford | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
James Stafford

As the terrorist attack in Paris sparks worldwide fear of similar reprisals and a bloody shootout and hostage situation in a five-star Mali hotel exacerbates those concerns, global energy security reels under the pressure of unfathomable geopolitics.