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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.

Weekend Roundup: Where the UN Can Succeed Instead of Fail

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Paris climate accord, signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. The U.N. has also managed to focus governments around the world on sustainable development goals. Yet, on the security side of the equation, for which the U.N. was principally founded, the record is largely one of failure. (continued)

Weekend Roundup: From Beijing to Moscow, a Digital Curtain Descends

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

In March 1946, Winston Churchill famously declared that an "iron curtain" had descended across the European continent, casting a decades-long chill between East and West known as the Cold War. A new chill is in the air once again as China and Russia seek to draw a new "digital curtain" across the world in a joint effort to thwart the Western web from penetrating their cultural space.(continued)

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.

Turkey's Prime Minister Is Stepping Down. Here's Why That's Alarming.

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.05.2016 | World

ISTANBUL -- Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu -- Turkey’s leading political figure, at least on paper -- announced Thursday that he plans to step down ...

In Turkey, Secularism Is Much More Than a Word

Kaya Genc | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Kaya Genc

ISTANBUL -- Nowadays, Turkey is going through a difficult period, and there is a growing sense of public anxiety following attacks by militants from ISIS and the PKK. But the current political climate, with its heated debates about big issues like secularism, is not unique in Turkey's history: the country has been here before.

Germany's Decision to Prosecute Böhmermann Is a Spineless Capitulation to an Irrational Turkey

Alex Gorlach | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Alex Gorlach

BERLIN -- The controversy over the comedian Jan Böhmermann shows the extent to which the Turkish president now influences public life in Germany, dictating moves to Angela Merkel.

Germany Accepts Turkey's Request To Prosecute Comedian Who Mocked Erdogan

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.15.2016 | World

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany had accepted a request from Turkey to seek prosecution of a German comedian wh...

Erdoğan's Not Mad, He's Ruthless

George Friedman | Posted 04.06.2016 | World
George Friedman

Erdoğan is presented as part dictator and part madman. He is clearly dictatorial in some of his practices, as his consolidation of power over the past few years shows. But declaring politicians mad is the standard response when they don't behave the way observers think desirable.

The King's Speech

David Hearst | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
David Hearst

As long as there is no real democratic solution in the Middle East, the Islamic State group will continue to mutate like a pathogen that has become antibiotic-resistant in the body politic of the Middle East. Each time it changes shape, it will become more virulent.

How Not to Fight Terrorism: Lessons from Belgium, Turkey, and Maybe the USA

John A. Tures | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

After the latest terror attack in Brussels, everyone's got a solution, from Western democracies to Middle East dictators to GOP Presidential candidates. None of these are likely to work, and may actually make the war on terrorism harder to win.

Europe: Go Big or Go Home

John Feffer | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
John Feffer

Europe has a deal on the table to address the current refugee crisis. This week, European leaders are gathering to discuss the particulars.

Erdogan Could Break the Spiral of Violence if He Negotiates With the Kurds

Fréderike Geerdink | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
Fréderike Geerdink

If Erdogan doesn't act now, he will soon not be able to control the violence currently sweeping Turkey. If he continues to push towards an executive presidency with himself in the seat, he will be a man with considerable power -- except the power to force a violent genie back into its bottle.

Refoulement Violates International Law

David L. Phillips | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

While Merkel deserves credit for taking in one million migrants and refugees, she and European leaders must remember the lessons of World War II. Appeasement does not work. Refoulement is an illegal and unethical solution to Europe's refugee crisis.

It Is High Time for EU to Stand Up to Creeping Illiberal Democracy in Europe

Cas Mudde | Posted 03.04.2016 | World
Cas Mudde

How can the EU elite hope to convince voters that parties like FN and UKIP pose a fundamental threat to the European liberal democracy when they are willing to work with equally illiberal democratic politicians like Erdoğan and Orbán?

Accountability for War Crimes in Turkey

David L. Phillips | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Turkey is at a crossroads. Impunity lies down one road. Impunity will further entrench extremism and violence. Down the other road is accountability, helping to avert the escalation of deadly violence.

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 02.17.2016 | World

UPDATE: Feb. 17 -- Turkish authorities again rushed out a temporary broadcast ban after a deadly explosion ripped through the capital city of Ankara o...

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

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Erdogan has talked a man out of jumping off a bridge. Television footage ...

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 of...