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The Gulen Movement Isn't a Cult -- It's One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.22.2016 | Home
Graham E. Fuller

The target of Erdogan's purge -- the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- is not dangerous. It's one of the most moderate and socially constructive organizations in the Muslim world. In attacking it, Erdogan is planting the seeds for his own destruction.

Why Both Erdoganism and Kemalism May Finally Be Dead in Turkey

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home
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.

Erdogan's New Turkey: Goodbye Atatürk, Hello Atatürk

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home
Stefan Ihrig

The recently -- and Putinesquely -- elected President Erdoğan likes to refer to his state as the "new Turkey," just as Atatürk and his Nazi admirers did. That by itself may not mean much, but the label signifies the same: a Turkey that radically breaks with what was before. Erdoğan can run and scream all he wants; he is Atatürk's kid.

Erdogan Needs a Spasm of Lucidity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.11.2014 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Erdogan must realize that his policy of "zero problems with neighbors" has been a dismal failure, his domestic policy that spreads fear rather than freedom will come back to haunt him, and his blind support of extremist groups such as Hamas will catch up with him.

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

The "Tarboush" Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

Turkey in Disarray

Allan Topol | Posted 12.28.2013 | Home
Allan Topol

In an effort to make himself the leader of the Islamic Middle Eastern world, Erdogan decimated that relationship which has cost Turkey in terms of shared intelligence about hostile neighbors including Iran.

Turkey's Dark Clouds for Election Year 2014

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 10.08.2013 | Home
Sinan Ciddi

The verdicts coming out of the Ergenekon trial are clear indicators that Turkey's old power establishment has not only been silenced and marginalized, but also are targets of punishment. Whichever way one looks at the political landscape, it is clear that 2014 will be typified by many dark clouds on the horizon for the country's leaders.

Istanbul's Tahrir Square: Sycamore Trees vs. Shopping Malls

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 09.17.2013 | Women
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The arc of the Arab spring was supposed to be different in Turkey based on Prime Minister Erdogan's economic accomplishments, Turkey's new found respe...

Can Democracy Flourish in the Muslim Mideast? Consider Turkey

Eric Black | Posted 09.08.2013 | Home
Eric Black

To me, and I assume to most Americans, the idea of military rule seems roughly the opposite of democracy. But in Turkey, it seems to have been a vital element in keeping democracy on track.

Not a Turkish Spring, but a Call for Democracy From the Youth

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 08.26.2013 | Home
Ege Ozyegin

Now the world can see that Ankara has been concealing large amounts of unrest and it is clear that Turkey was actually not a successful democracy model for Middle Eastern countries. Can Islam and democracy be practiced side by side?

Beyond the Sycamore Trees: What the Turkey Protests Really Represent

Anushay Hossain | Posted 08.11.2013 | Home
Anushay Hossain

Although the Turkish protests have already been labeled the "Turkish Summer," Turkey is not fighting for the basic democratic right to vote like in Iran, or to remove a dictator like in Egypt. This is a fight to keep a secular country a secular democracy.

Being Erdogan

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 11.11.2011 | Home
Ashley Rindsberg

Prime Minister Erdogan is looking for -- and finding -- levers that can allow Turkey to build and wield the political and economic might commensurate to a strategically located country with a history of near-global hegemony.

Which Model for Egypt?

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elcin Poyrazlar

Recently, quite a few opinions have been published on how the Turkish model is the one that will work best for Egypt. I could not disagree more.

Turkish Businessman Denies Sex Party Allegations

Posted 05.16.2012 | Home

UPDATE at 6:00pm ET on May 16, 2012: Tevfik Arif was acquitted of all charges in April 2011, according to The Guardian. Read more from The Guardian's ...

Talking Turkey About Turkey

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leon T. Hadar

In short, Turkey is not as threatening as its detractors warn nor as powerful as many Turks and their new fans believe.

Christian Creationism And Intelligent Design Gain Foothold In Turkey

Washington Post | Marc Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

With direct and indirect help from American foes of evolution, similarly-minded Turks have aggressively made the case that Charles Darwin's theory is ...

Turkey: Not the Usual Geopolitical Sandwich

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
William Bradley

Obama seems to see Turkey, which has friendly relations with Israel, as potentially a much stronger partner than any other NATO nation, perhaps even Britain.