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The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

Alastair Crooke | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Negotiations over the future of Syria are not taking place in Geneva. They're taking place on the battlefields of Idlib and Aleppo. And it's not the opposition that's winning: it's the Assad regime, backed by Russia. This victory will have grave consequences for the U.S. and Europe-led security infrastructure in the Middle East and beyond.

Why Turkey Bans News About Terror Bombings

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.14.2016 | World

Barely one hour after a suicide blast ripped through an Istanbul square packed with tourists on Tuesday morning, the Turkish government imposed a med...

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.

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.

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

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 12.26.2015 | World

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Dump New Ottomans from NATO: Shoot Down of Russian Plane Shows Turkey to be Dangerous Ally

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The justification for Turkey's membership in NATO and America's defense guarantee for Ankara long ago passed. Turkey's irresponsible action proves that it is no U.S. ally.

Research Paper: Turkey-ISIS Oil Trade

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

The sale of oil products by ISIS garners about $500 million/year. Allegations abound that Turks are engaged in oil trade with ISIS. Additionally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family are allegedly implicated.

Russia Fires Warning Shots At Turkish Ship In Aegean Sea

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.13.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russia on Sunday warned Turkey to stop staging what it called provocations against its forces in or near Syria after one o...

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...

Erdoghan and Putin: The Bully Is Bullied

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Josef Olmert

President Erdoghan's policy of zero problems, so far as Turkey's regional policy is concerned, was a plausible idea. From being surrounded by enemies,...

Turkish President Expresses Regret Over Russian Plane Downing

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.28.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday voiced regret over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane, saying his count...

Turkey Attacks Russia: Sarajevo 2015?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Sheldon Filger

The most likely explanation for Erdogan's astonishing decision to launch an attack on a Russian aircraft was to thwart and strangle at birth the nascent indications of a possible grand coalition being formed to combat ISIS, involving the United States, France and Russia.

The End of Turkey's Experiment With Democracy

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Sinan Ciddi

By accumulating so much power, Erdogan will now be free to label any opponent as enemies of the state, or in AKP terminology, 'enemies of the national will.'

Turkey and India Lurch Towards Illiberal Democracies

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Turkey and India are both democracies and significant American allies. Both India and Turkey are secular countries ruled by strong-willed leaders rooted in religion-based politics, Islam for Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hinduism for India's Narendra Modi.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Turks Chose the Devil They Know -- and Stability Over Freedom

Suat Kiniklioglu | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Suat Kiniklioglu

ANKARA -- The Turkish electorate knows that the AKP is corrupt, has strong authoritarian tendencies and continues to plunder (but distributes some of) Turkey's resources. But they also know that it can deliver services as it did until 2011. Above all, the voters favor stability and economic predictability. Fundamental values such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and free and fair elections constitute much lesser concerns.

Will Erdogan Allow Greater press Freedom In Turkey? Don't Count On It

The Guardian | Judah Robinson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s surprise election victory does not augur well for journalism in Turkey. A president who has shown scant respect for pres...

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.

Erdoğan: Liberator or Dictator?

Pavlos Tsimas | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Pavlos Tsimas

The scandals, the palaces in the Bosporus, the prosecution of his opponents, Taksim Square and the violent confrontation with the young protesters, the hundreds of journalists in jail.. In the eyes of some of those who believed in him the liberator now seemed a dictator.

Turkey's Election Was Soaked in Suppression and Blood

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

What makes Turkey's authoritarianism, especially the AKP's, so hard to battle, is that it is covered with a thin layer of democracy. Elections are being held, the turnout is high, no wide range fraud was reported, four parties made it into parliament. But the campaign was all but democratic, given the government's violence, further control over the press and detention of opposition politicians.

Erdogan Is Proving Huntington's ‘Clash of Civilizations' Right

Behlül Özkan | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

ISTANBUL -- In his seminal 1996 volume, The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a "torn country." According to Huntington, despite its adoption of Western institutions such as democracy and the rule of law, Turkey remains firmly rooted in the culture of the Islamic world and is therefore experiencing a "civilizational crisis." Today, Turkey is still the only secular, democratic republic in the Islamic world; sadly, under Erdoğan's increasingly Islamist rule, it is proving Huntington right with every passing day.

Turkey's Left Reels As AKP Makes Unexpected Comeback

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- In June, Turkey’s leftists rejoiced. The controversial, conservative religious party that ruled Turkey for 13 years was...

Could An American Ally Lose Its Democracy This Weekend?

John A. Tures | Posted 11.01.2015 | World
John A. Tures

Turks denied their increasingly autocratic regime the ability to rule by decree earlier this Summer. But a do-over election, following a brutal anti-Kurd and anti-opposition media campaign, shows that President Erdogan and his allies will stop at nothing to win, even if it means killing democracy along with Turks and Kurds who cross the majority party.

As the Election Draws Near in the 'New Turkey'

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It seems undecided what role voters will play in this election. Unfortunately, Turkey seems to be rolling towards uncertainty and the Nov. 1 election may be the only way out if it, resulting in a reconfiguration of political forces.