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Erdogan's Falling Out With The West Makes Him In Need of Moscow

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

In whose interest is it for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch a crackdown on judicial, educational, and military institutions, impo...

Turkey's Attempted Coup: The Collapse Of The Ideal Islamic Democracy

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for more than a decade. He should be enjoying his time of triumph. He towers above the political system, able to create and dismiss governments at will.

Democratic Convention: Bernie, the Kurds and Lack of Moral Clarity on Syria

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst crass U.S. foreign policy and a lack of moral consistency on the Syrian conflict, what can we expect from the upcoming Democratic Convention? ...

Why Erdogan's Triumph will Make Turkey a Dictatorship

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On July 15, 2016, a group of military servicemen launched a coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Even though the coup a...

Turkey's Coup: The 'Valkyrie' Of Our Times

John A. Tures | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
John A. Tures

The true story behind this coup is eerily similar to the events in Turkey in the middle of July coup.

Time For Turkey To Adopt A New Security Strategy

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

The ISIS attack on the Istanbul's Ataturk airport is the result of Turkey's failed policies in the region. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported Islamists groups fighting against the Assad regime, thinking he could control them.

How Erdogan Enabled ISIS To Attack The Turks

John A. Tures | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
John A. Tures

The world stands with the Turks in the wake of the terrible attacks on the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. But we don't stand with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose obsession with destroying the Kurds politically enabled ISIS to kill Turks over the past few months, as well as last night.

Is Erdogan The Reason So Many Armenian Genocide Resolutions Are Being Passed?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Foreign countries interested in condemning Armenian genocide should not only draw distinctions between Turkey and the actions of the Ottoman Empire. They should make the same distinction between Erdogan and the people of Turkey, who do not always support him.

The How-Many-Years' War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Being in the midst of history sometimes mean events are not seen in the "big picture" view that historians often later take, when looking back at the period.

Turkish soccer brawls: The battle for the future of the Kemalist state

James Dorsey | Posted 05.30.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state.

The Race to Raqqa: The Next Russian-American Proxy Battle?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

A bombed out street in Raqqa, Spring 2016 The war against the Islamic State (IS) is about to enter a new, possibly decisive phase. For the first time...

Turkey's Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Stephen Zunes

Turkey's march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Syrian Kurds Say Bashar Assad Is Thwarting Humanitarian Aid To Their Region

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 05.18.2016 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Kurd-dominated region of Afrin in northwestern Syria, home to more than 1 million people and hundreds of thousands of refugees, is n...

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...

Sykes-Picot and the Kurds' 100-Year Itch

Elizabeth A. Nolan | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Elizabeth A. Nolan

What's all this buzz about Sykes-Picot, and why are we hearing about it now - 100 years after the fact?

In Turkey, You Can Still Attack Armenians in Public: Parliamentarian Garo Paylan in Danger

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Christopher Atamian

Armenian Parliament Member Physically Attacked Former AGOS Journalist Garo Paylan, one of three ethnic Armenians in the Turkish Parliament, was attack...

A Letter from Idomeni: America's Higher Ed Must Respond to the Reality of Syria's Permanent Refugees

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 05.09.2016 | World
Keith David Watenpaugh

Dear Colleagues: I am back in Thessaloniki after a day at the unplanned refugee camp at Idomeni, Greece. The camp hugs the concertina wire fence that...

At Least 10 Killed In Fighting Between Turkish Soldiers And PKK

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.09.2016 | World

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed in two days of fighting between security forces and Kurdish militants in Turkey's southe...

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.

Fight or Flight: One Man's Choice When Faced With Death

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Montclair Diplomats

By: Steve Gauthier, @njscout82 Millions of Refugees Seek A Normal Life Away From War With the ongoing war on ISIS in the Middle East forcing its c...

Turning the Aleppo Ceasefire into Lasting Peace

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The Syrian war is clearly un-winnable. With the Aleppo ceasefire, it is possible the US and Russia are waking up to this fact.

Walk Like an Egyptian: Welcome to Passover, 2016

Roger Friedland | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Roger Friedland

We are now the Pharaohs. Israelite women danced on the far side of the Red Sea after having escaped Egypt. Tonight is still the night to dare imagine that we may all walk like the Egyptians.

Turkey: An Uncertain Ally

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.30.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

NATO is more than a security alliance. It is a coalition of countries with shared values. If Turkey stays on its authoritarian course, the Obama administration should rethink the scope of US-Turkey relations.

How Syria Was Swept By The Merchants of Death

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.30.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Witnessing in real time the systematic destruction of a country and its people without enraging the human conscience is a shame with which every single head of state will have to live.

Kurdish Leader Says Brussels Attacks Show Need For Unity Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's Islamic State-claimed attack in Brussels shows that the fight against militant extremism will be waged around the world, accor...