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Turkey's 'Road to Damascus' Moment

Scott Ritter | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Scott Ritter

If there is ever going to be a solution to the problem of the Islamic State that has a hope of preserving the current geo-political structure of Mesopotamia and the Levant, it rests with the survival of Bashar al-Assad's regime and the resurgence of Syria as a viable national player in the region.

Does Turkey Fear the Kurds More Than ISIL?

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.23.2014 | World
Michael Hughes

Part of the problem is that the U.S. has made the Kurds the centerpiece of its strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria, which Turkey fears will empower and strengthen Kurdish elements that want to overthrow the Turkish state.

Sophia Jones

Why Turkey Will Let Iraqi Kurds, But Not Turkish Kurds, Fight Extremists In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- For weeks, Turkey has barred Turkish Kurds from crossing the border into Syria to defend their ethnic fellows in Kobani against the Islami...

Turkey Would Oppose U.S. Arms Transfers To Kurds

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey wouldn't agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic militants in Syria, President Rec...

Should Turkey Remain in NATO After the Fall of Kobani?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Erdogan must be made to understand that if his increasingly authoritarian and benighted regime, one that strays ever farther from the secular foundations of Kemalism, is to preserve its chance to forge the economic partnerships with Europe, that chance passes through Kobani and its defense: That chance depends on the aid delivered to the heroines and the heroes of the beleaguered city.

Turkey Complies With U.S. Demand In Fight Against ISIS

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

AREQUIPA, Peru (AP) — Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, f...

Kobani Cabal -- When It Comes to ISIS, All Politics Are 'Glocal'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

ISIS is a bipartisan cause. This president needs and deserves help. Before the congressional mid-terms, time to bring in seasoned, mature reinforcements to help President Obama do the job he pledged the American people he would do without U.S. boots on the ground: destroy and defeat ISIS.

Joe Biden Apologizes For Saying Turkey Admitted To Border Security Failures In ISIS Fight

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to offer a mea culpa for his recent remarks on Turkey's role in con...

Erdogan Demands Apology From Biden After ISIS Comments

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized Saturday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was angry over comments in wh...

Sophia Jones

Turkish Riot Police Detain ISIS Sympathizers After Protesters Clash On Campus

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.02.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkish riot police wearing helmets and carrying plastic shields entered Istanbul University Wednesday morning to respond to another clash...

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Sophia Jones

Turks Held By The Islamic State: 'It Was A Fine Line Between Life and Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

DALAKCI, Turkey -- They waited inside the consulate for days like sitting ducks until the masked invaders of the Islamic State finally came for them. ...

Turkey Signals Major Shift On ISIS

AP | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he is considering expanding support for Western and Arab operations against the ...

Sophia Jones

As U.S. Strikes Syria, Turkey Shies Away From Fighting Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- When the United States asked Turkey to join a coalition to fight the Islamic State, Turkey answered with a resounding no, citing concern o...

For US, Turkish Leaders Are Not Reliable Friends

Mahir Zeynalov | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Mahir Zeynalov

Washington must push Ankara to do more as part of their strong alliance, including fighting the so-called Islamic State militants, but it must at least wait and see how this internal reckoning within the ruling AKP turns out before it makes any enduring engagement with the Turkish government in other spheres.

Turkey To Keep Details Of ISIS Operation A Secret

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 09.21.2014 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Is...

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.

The Greek Secret

Andy Manatos | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Andy Manatos

Amid the degeneration and loss of freedom and wellbeing of millions, an ember of civility and civilization in the form of a video entitled "The Greek Secret" has emerged. It is sweeping around the world.

Stoking the Fire: Anti-Semitism and Intellectuals in Today's Turkey

Umut Özkırımlı | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Umut Özkırımlı

The Turkish government and its "organic intellectuals" have been stoking the fire of polarization and exclusion for quite some time now. Yet the fire of anti-semitism, and more generally racism, bears few resemblances to other fires.

NATO and Turkey: Is Fighting Terrorism Really a Priority?

Norm Kurz | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Norm Kurz

With Recep Tayyip Erdogan now sworn in as Turkey's new President, his successful efforts to prolong his rule after two terms as Prime Minister have observers comparing his popularity to that of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Turkey Votes in Erdogan and Votes Out Its Founding Ideology

Galip Dalay | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Galip Dalay

As Erdoğan changes his role from being the Prime Minister and the chairman of the Justice and Development Party to being the president of the Republic, he has struck a conciliatory tone by recognizing the content and imperatives of his new job.

Can Abdullah Gül Save Turkish Democracy?

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Kevin A. Lees

On Thursday, Abdullah Gül, Turkey's last indirectly elected president, will leave office after seven years. Between now and the elections, the most critical question for Turkish democracy is what kind of role Gül sees for himself in the "new Turkey."

Nature's Beauty and History's Horrors Intersect on Anniversary of Ukrainian Holocaust Massacre: Mourning on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 10.12.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

As you stroll along the clifftops of this stunningly beautiful town in western Ukraine, gaze at the river in the ravine below languidly looping back o...

Second Guessing Syria

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Jack Moline

Late in 2012, I attended a small briefing with a senior White House security official. Each of the dozen people there had a chance to speak, and most took the opportunity to lobby for something. I asked this question: Who are we rooting for in Syria?

My Letter To Erdogan, AKA Turkey's Autocratic Leader

Gülsah Tüfekci | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Gülsah Tüfekci

Oh Tayyip, you've done it again, an absolute majority in the presidential elections. You speak to your supporters about a "new era." Your advocates love cheering you on, but your opponents take in those words with terror and angst.