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How to Fix Turkey's Fall From International Favor

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The world wants Turkey to be back on the international trade and regional diplomacy track, but that's only possible if corruption and crackdowns discontinue. The biggest obstacle, at this point, to a lasting and successful Erdogan presidency is Erdogan himself.

Turkish Cop Faces Jail For 'Woman In Red' Photo

Posted 07.02.2014 | World

The Turkish police officer who tear-gassed a woman at last year’s Gezi protests, an image that became a symbol of the government’s heavy-handed re...

Turkey In the Coming Months: Development and Progress

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Ege Ozyegin

The Occupy Gezi Movement demonstrated a few key issues about Turkey that need attention and deserve some critical thinking.

Turkey's Egyptian Overtures: Why Does Erdogan Care?

Somdeep Sen | Posted 10.08.2013 | World
Somdeep Sen

The Gezi Park protests have not only collated the oppositions' sentiments that have aggregated since Erdogan took office in 2003, but also rendered his status as the unequivocal leader of all of Turkey as an empty shell.

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

Ege Ozyegin | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
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?

Obama, Erdogan Discuss Turkish Protests

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.24.2013 | World

President Barack Obama spoke to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the importance of free expression, following days of violence in ant...

How Did Protesters in Turkey Get Labeled 'Terrorists'?

Gizem Akyil | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Gizem Akyil

The protests that cannot be diminished by the words of the prime minister, the governor of Istanbul, or others, who simply called the protesters "terrorists." Nor can it be understood by simply comparing it to the Arab Spring.

Taksim Square: The Business of Revolution

Dimiter Kenarov | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Dimiter Kenarov

It all started over a proposal for a new shopping mall. It is not that people in Istanbul are not used to them. After all, the city is home to the famous Grand Bazaar, the grandfather of all malls, founded in 1461. But even peaceful commerce, taken to extremes, can fire back.

PHOTO: Liberty Leading The People

Posted 06.19.2013 | World

When life imitates art: The powerful composition of Eugene Delacroix's landmark painting "Liberty Leading The People" and a photo of protesters in Ist...

'Standing Man' Protest Spreads Across Turkey

Agence France Presse | Karim Talbi | Posted 08.18.2013 | World

A man stood still in Istanbul's Taksim Square: silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours.His peaceful action, on the square that poli...

The Halil Connection: The Story of Gezi Park

Connor Ryan | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

For the past two weeks Turkey has been experiencing what could best be described as a movement somewhere on the spectrum between "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring." But it will not result in a popular revolution of the government, nor will it be remembered for achieving anything but attention.

Is Russia Pivoting to Turkey?

Shai Franklin | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Shai Franklin

Recent developments and atmospherics may presage closer cooperation between Russia and Turkey, and probably with some intent.

Deputy PM: Turkey Could Use Army Against Protesters

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

ANKARA, June 17 (Reuters) - Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday Turkey could deploy "elements of the armed forces" to help quell anti-...

Taksim Piano Man Playing 'Imagine' at 8 a.m. (VIDEO)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

He played from last night, Thursday, into this morning, Friday, here in embattled Taksim Square in Istanbul. His audience was mainly protesters with riot cops looking on.

Behind Turkey's Viral Revolution, There Are Mad Men (Actually Women)

Emre Kizilkaya | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Emre Kizilkaya

Wandering around the barricades near Istanbul's Taksim Square, I kept asking myself, "How could a few 'occupiers' manage to mobilize millions here and beyond, in 77 provinces of Turkey and dozens of cities in the world?"

WATCH: Pianist Brings Peace To Taksim Square

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

If this doesn't warm Erdogan's heart, we don't know what will. Ready with a respirator mask to protect against police tear gas, pianist Davide Mar...

Turkish News Outlets Fined For Covering The Protests

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 06.13.2013 | Media

A number of TV networks in Turkey have reportedly been punished for their coverage of the Occupy Gezi protests. The protests have rocked the secular M...

The Erdogan Problem

The European Magazine | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
The European Magazine

There is an important distinction in describing political systems that most current analyses on Turkey seem to have missed.

Beyond the Sycamore Trees: What the Turkey Protests Really Represent

Anushay Hossain | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
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.

The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The channels of political participation in Turkey has been radically altered. Individuals equipped only with a smartphone, loaded with Twitter and Facebook apps, seem to have neither the desire nor the patience for using conventional channels to petition their government.

Expat Recovery Room: The Destruction of Istanbul

Mike Dunphy | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
Mike Dunphy

Today, Istanbul might be an economic powerhouse on paper, but she's a wreck in person. It's not just in the heaps of rubble, collapsing buildings, and congested streets; but in the city's basic ability to breathe. Gezi park is the last lung.

Police Launch New Push Into Taksim Square

Posted 06.11.2013 | World

Reuters) - Turkish riot police fired volleys of teargas canisters into Istanbul's Taksim Square, centre of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdo...

Istanbul Protests: Uncensored

Serena Guen | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Serena Guen

As I'm writing this piece, I have the news on in the background hoping in vain to hear something about the protests in Turkey. Why do I care so much? Well, because I was there -- at least for the first days when things turned violent.

In the Tunnels Under Taksim (Photos)

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 08.09.2013 | World
Barry Yourgrau

Part of Erdogan's renovation scheme for Taksim Square and Gezi Park involves funneling traffic underground. The partially finished tunnels now stand open, theoretically, to anyone. But they have a forbidding look. On Friday, I saw two girls doing down. I decided to follow.

Social Media Fuels Protests In Turkey

The Media Line | Steve Dorsey | Posted 06.10.2013 | World

By Steve Dorsey/The Media Line ISTANBUL, Turkey – In between the boisterous chants calling for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's resignation,...