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Human nature hasn’t changed one iota. Thugs like Vladimir Putin and Islamofascists like ISIS understand the bloody mathematics of power in the way the espresso-sippers refuse to....(full article)

Russia is making moves in the Middle East nuclear-energy game. It could be time for the United States to get involved, too....(full article)

As sanctions are lifted, both Turkey and Iran get a chance to radically expand positive aspects of their relationship....(full article)

The Syrian opposition forces in rebel-held northern areas created a committee to implement the replacement of the Syrian pound with the Turkish lira, in a move they claim will put ...(full article)

Pious Sinophobia won’t deflect Turkey’s strategic dreams....(full article)

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ISIS Is Weak, but So Are Arab States - Rami Khouri, Cairo Review

ISIS is not so strong in absolute terms, but its gains have occurred primarily because of two related reasons: the weaknesses and uncoordinated nature of its foes in Iraq and Syria...

8 Reasons Turkey Will Not Cross into Syria - Serkan Demirtas, Radikal

another pressing question has been raised in the halls of Ankara: Will Turkey enter Syria to create a so-called "buffer zone?" The shortest answer to that question is Turkey should...

A Look at Who Is Fighting ISIS on the Ground - Barbara Slavin, Al-Monitor

A mismatch in priorities between the United States and its Sunni allies is obliging the Obama administration to rely more on Iran-backed forces to fight the group that calls itself...

The Truman Doctrine Takes a Tumble - Dan McGroarty, RealClearWorld

If Europe wanes, who will rise? Russia - whose present leader called the collapse of the Soviet Union and the liberation of 15 former Soviet Republics "the greatest geopolitical c...

The Kurdish Moment Arrives - Michael Tanchum, Foreign Affairs

Amassing Power at Ballot Box and on the Battlefield...

Are Jordan and Turkey Invading Syria? - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

Four years in to Syria’s civil war and same ideas keep coming up. This week, buffer zones were back in the news as they have been periodically since they were first floated i...

Erdogan's Dream Is Over - Cengiz Candar, Al-Monitor

If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushes for snap elections, he may be disappointed with the results....

Erdogan's Shadow Still Looms Over Turkey - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

With the general elections over, Turkey's political agenda is dominated by speculation about the coalition government that has to be formed after the Justice and Development Party ...

U.S. Helps Carve Out a Kurdish Enclave - Aaron Stein, War on the Rocks

Last week, Kurdish forces fighting for the Syria-based Democratic Union Party (PYD) wrested control of the border town of Tel Abyad from the Islamic State. The seizure of the town ...

Putin and Erdogan Don't See Eye to Eye - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

The recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Azerbaijan appears to reflect a mutual irritation between the two parties....

A New Era for Turkish Politics - Delovan Barwari, Jerusalem Post

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...

Turkey's Politics of Peace - Carl Bildt, Project Syndicate

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...

Forging a New Turkish Foreign Policy - Joshua Walker, National Interest

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...

After Big Victory, Will Kurds Lay Siege to Raqqa? - David Kenner, FP

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 ...

Erdogan Lost Battle, But Maybe Not War - Mustafa Akyol, Al-Monitor

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....

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....

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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