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How Erdogan's Dramatic Comeback Happened, and How Far Its Impact Might Reach

Yusuf Muftuoglu | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Yusuf Muftuoglu

ISTANBUL -- The Turkish president now has an opportunity to offer something new to Turkey, to the Middle East and to the world. A fresh approach is very badly needed.

Turkey's Erdoğan Is Hanging on for Dear Life

Behlül Özkan | Posted 09.15.2015 | 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.

Turkish President Approves Interim Government

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November,...

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.

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.

Sophia Jones

From Political Prisoner To Turkey's Youngest Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

LICE, Turkey -- Rezan Zugurli is soft-spoken and unassuming, but she radiates charisma. You would never peg her as a fighter. But a fighter she is....

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan's visit to Iran last month symbolized a pivot toward Tehran and a shift in Ankara's Middle East foreign policy.

Turkey and Iran's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Declaring a desire to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Iran in combating terrorism, and driven by Turkey's evolving policy toward Syria, Erdoğan's trip highlighted Ankara and Tehran's tendency to pursue mutual interests when their paths cross.

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.

Standing Up in Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 12.07.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's protest season again in Turkey. The summer holidays are at an end and students are back at university. People are returning to the streets.

Turkey's Women Need Unity in Diversity

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

I personally saw many covered women who first supported the Gezi protests, when they became an open target of angry and violent crowds just because they chose to wear pious clothes, felt a threat to their lifestyle and remained quiet, fearing they would lose their democratic right to wear what they want.

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

Is Turkey Getting 'Dry'?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Perhaps this summer, I'll see people drinking from paper bags in public in Turkey, which nowadays, is witnessing heated debates about a bill that places strict restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages that was approved by Parliament last Friday.

Can Erdogan Now Deliver His End of the Bargain With Israel?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

. Nonetheless, as the Syrian crisis continues to threaten the security of all the Levantine states and the Iranian issue continues its slow boil, greater cooperation should be expected between the two. The rapprochement is real; the question is, does it matter?

Prospects for Israel/Turkey Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is highly unlikely that the Israeli government would meet the first two conditions; if it were inclined to do so, it would have already done so, and no Israeli government would support lifting the blockade on Gaza as long as it remains under Hamas' administrative authority.

Sex Is Not A Secular State: Love And Politics In Turkey

Roger Friedland | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Roger Friedland

I have come here with my NYU Abu Dhabi students as part of a research practicum as we speak with ordinary Turks. We can feel the heat of these intimate politics on the streets.

Why Is the European Union Haunted by Its Rejection of Turkey?

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Zaman Stanizai

What lies at the heart of Greece's insolvency, Europe's economic woes and, by extension, the global economic crisis is the scuttling of the admission process into the European Union.

Moroccan King Names New PM

AP | By PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 11.29.2011 | World

RABAT, Morocco -- The leader of an Islamist party that has never before participated in Morocco's governments was chosen by the king as the country's ...

Islamist Party Wins Morocco's First Post-Arab Spring Elections

AP | By PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 11.27.2011 | World

RABAT, Morocco -- The victory of an Islamist Party in Morocco's parliamentary elections appears to be one more sign that religious-based parties are b...