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A New Era for Turkish Politics

Delovan Barwari, Jerusalem Post

Turkey's Politics of Peace

Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

Forging a New Turkish Foreign Policy

Joshua Walker, National Interest

Undeniably, the ruling AKP has been accredited with strengthening the economy and making a number of democratic advancements. Most importantly, it embarked on a new path to resolve...(full article)

VIENNA – Turkey is moving into unchartered political territory, following the failure of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to retain its parliamentary majority i...(full article)

With Turkey’s elections now over, chaos in the Middle East continues and international observers are left trying to discern the contours of Turkey’s foreign policy movi...(full article)

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Syrian Kurdish fighters seized almost all of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad from the Islamic State on Monday, handing the jihadi group a major defeat ...(full article)

The June 7 elections made Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian dreams less certain, but it would be naive to think that he has given them up....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Turkey Won; Now We Fight for Democracy - H. Karaca, Today's Zaman

From now on, the only way out is returning to free world norms. The long-forgotten European Union accession process should be restarted again. After the blow against freedom of the...

Erdogan Fears an ISIS Loss - Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is angry with the joint Kurdish-Arab operation to get the Islamic State out of Tell Abyad....

Turkey and Greece Spill the Status Quo - Nathan Gardels, Huffington Post

The value of democracy, when it works, is its capacity to change course. In both Greece, and now Turkey, recent elections have upended the status quo. With Greece having lost an as...

Erdogan Still Could Win - Claire Berlinski, Politico

Forming a coalition in Turkey will be a nightmare, and the strongman has the trump cards....

The Global Importance of Turkey's Election - David Ignatius, WaPo

The march of authoritarianism around the world has had different names over the past decade: “Neo-Ottomanism,” “Putinism,” “the Beijing Consensus.” The shared premise h...

So You Say Erdogan Lost? - Michael Koplow, Foreign Affairs

Imagine a country in which the ruling party—having won three consecutive national elections over the past decade-plus—wins its fourth in a row, beating the second-place...

What Now for the Kurdish Peace Process? - Saban Kardas, Al Jazeera

If the HDP is serious about delivering on Kurdish demands, it has to consider forming a coalition with AK party....

What's Next for Turkey? - Cengiz Candar, Al-Monitor

With the Justice and Development Party losing its parliamentary majority in the general elections, a viable coalition is now unlikely and all signs point to a political crisis....

Turkey's Democracy - Telegraph

The election result in Turkey shows again that democracy can function in Muslim countries....

Turkish Uncertainty - The National

After more than a decade of steadily consolidating power, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan saw his plans to rewrite the country’s constitution hit a dramatic sna...

Hope for Democracy in Turkey - Bloomberg View

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wasn’t up for election on Sunday, but having turned the parliamentary vote into a referendum on his own power, he lost. That's a first ...

Five Big Lessons of Turkish Election - Goksel & Pope, Politico EU

Turkey voted on Sunday. The results are eye-catching, and certainly worth parsing for a world that awaits explanation. Here are five quick conclusions for a wide audience....

An Unprecedented Kurdish Success in Turkey - AFP

Cars cruised through the streets of the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, with drivers honking and people hanging out from windows making ‘V’ ...

The End of Erdogan's Rise in Turkey - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan can bid farewell to his target of a new constitution based on a strong presidential model with weaker checks and balances. Despite his ambitious c...

A Body Blow for Turkey's Ruling Party - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

In a surprising result, President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party has failed to win a majority in parliament. But can the opposition capitalize?...

Can Anyone Form a New Turkish Government? - S. Fraser & D. Butler, AP

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party was left Monday with few options to form a new government, after it was stripped of its parliamentary majority and opposition parties r...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Three Times the Loser - David Graham, Atlantic

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a painful triple defeat in elections on Sunday....

How Erdogan Tried to Take Over Turkey - Shreeya Sinha, New York Times

Turkey’s parliamentary election on Sunday served as a referendum on the tenure of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his efforts to consolidate power in his presidency. Once ...

Will Turkish Voters Thwart Their President? - Zachary Laub, CFR

Turkish voters will elect a new government on Sunday. After twelve years in power, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is not in danger of losing its majority, but President Re...

What's at Stake as Turkey Votes - Dylan Matthews, Vox

AKP will almost certainly win, but the key question is if it'll get a supermajority of seats in parliament....

A Turning Point for Turkey? - Washington Post

TWO POLITICAL stories have dominated Turkey since the turn of the century: the steady consolidation of power by Islamist leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emergence of the countr...

Will Turks Vote to Keep Democracy? - M. Cengiz & K. Kirisci, Brookings

For Erdoğan’s plan to work, the AK Party must capture at least 330 out of the 550 seats in parliament (a 3/5 majority) in order to call a referendum to change the constituti...

Turkey's Long-Running Persecution of Armenians - Edward Luttwak, LRB

Turkey’s current leaders often abrogate or subvert remnants of Kemalist rule with the aim of fully Islamising the country, but carefully preserve others to pursue the same ai...

Man Who Could Save Turkish Democracy - Hasnain Kazim, Spiegel

If the governing party of Turkish President Recep Erdogan wins the June elections, it will likely amend the constitution to solidify his power. Selahattin Demirtas may be the only ...

Turkey's Bitter Dispute over Golden Toilets - Adam Taylor, WaPo

On Tuesday, just days before an important vote, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attorney told reporters that the Turkish president would be seeking 100,000 Turkish lira ($37,000) in co...

Erdogan Rewrites Turkish History - Cengiz Candar, Al Monitor

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent decision to change the date commemorating the conquest of Istanbul from May 29 to May 30 seems to fall into a pattern of altering dates of public holi...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

Dark Clouds Over Turkey - New York Times

With two weeks to go before a crucial parliamentary election in Turkey, tensions are rising and some critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fear a new crackdown is starting to e...

Tensions Are Simmering in Turkey - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News

The bombing of election offices of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the southern cities of Adana and Mersin on May 18 has added to already risin...

Turkey's Electoral Graveyard - Sibel Hurtas, Al Monitor

More than 90 political parties are currently active in Turkey, but the 10% electoral threshold means that the upcoming parliamentary polls will be a race between four of them....

Has Turkey's President Gone Mad? - Thomas Seibert, Daily Beast

President Erdogan, who is supposed to be above politics, is up to his eyeballs in a campaign to win constitutional changes that give him unprecedented power....

What if the Polls Are Getting Turkey Wrong Too? - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet

This is the second high-profile polling mistake in a row. The polling companies in the Israeli elections in March also proved badly wrong about the results. Their forecasts had foc...

Turkey Avoids Economic Pain With an EU Deal - M Cetingulec, Al Monitor

Turkey would have suffered heavy economic consequences if it was left out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the world’s largest free trade zone....

How the Kurds Could Shape Turkey's Future - A. Aydintasbas, TWI

Since 2002, successive electoral wins by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have dominated Turkish politics, and polls indicate that the party will continue this domina...

Turkey's Foreign Policy Wrecks Its Economy - Zulfikar Dogan, Al-Monitor

The Turkish ruling party’s economic and foreign policies have resulted in declining production and exports, with women emerging as the immediate victim of rising unemployment...

My Requiem for Armenians - Mustafa Akyol, Hurriyet Daily News

Exactly a century ago, a dark episode began in the crumbling Ottoman Empire. Around 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were arrested in Istanbul and deported to Anato...

Turks Slowly Take Stock of Armenian Genocide - Ralf Hoppe, Spiegel

Officially, discussion of the Armenian genocide is taboo in Turkey, even 100 years after the crimes. But the issue is becoming harder for the country to suppress and many Turks are...

Is Turkey's President Following Putin's Lead? - T. Seibert, Daily Beast

Is NATO ally Turkey on track to become a country under one-man rule? With parliamentary elections scheduled for June 7, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to cement his all-p...

Where Is Erdogan's Turkey Headed? - The National

When president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP took office more than a decade ago, Turkey was facing dire economic prospects and a rather small role in the region. In a remarkably...

Russia Loses Ground in the Middle East - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

When a group of weary diplomats announced a framework for an Iranian nuclear accord last week in Lausanne, there was one diplomat in the mix whose feigned enthusiasm was hard to mi...

Erdogan's Economic Miracle in Peril - The American Interest

With two months to go before the Turkish election, new economic data confirms what we’ve been seeing for some time: the Turkish economy has stalled out. Hurriyet Daily News r...

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan's Shameless Power Play - National Interest

A row erupted within Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 21, after the deputy prime minister brazenly condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for s...

Iran Deal Fuels Turkey's Pipeline Dreams - Akin Unver, Al Jazeera

Iran deal may finally enable Turkey's hope for an Iranian contribution to the EU's Southern Gas Corridor....

Turkey's Bad Yemen Move - Fehem Tastekin, Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s backing for the Saudi-led camp in the Yemen crisis aims both at an indirect score-settling with Iran and injecting Gulf money into th...

The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures - George Friedman, Stratfor

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued i...

American Embassy in Turkey Hit by Suicide Blast, at Least 2 Dead

The suicide bomber who killed one person and wounded another today in an attack on the U.S. Embassy inAnkara is a member of an outlawed leftist group, Turkish Interior Ministe...

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