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Syria Is the New Great Game

Andrew Tabler, Foreign Affairs

Who Is Targeting Iranians in Turkey?

Abbas Qaidaari, Al-Monitor

The 12 People Who Ruined Turkey

Melik Kaylan, Politico EU

Turkey Found World's Oldest Temple?

Tulay Cetingulec, Al-Monitor

A more complete explanation of the battered Arab region today must include accounting for several other mega-tends: the impact of the last twenty-fix years of non-stop American mil...(full article)

How Regional Powers are Carving Up Syria...(full article)

A series of attacks on Iranian interests in Turkey raises the question of why the PKK may seek to hit Iran at this point....(full article)

At first glance, Turkey’s election results suggested a triumph of democracy over the stifling dirigisme of one-party AKP rule. But with the country combusting from terror att...(full article)

The ancient city of Ephesus and the Diyarbakir Fortress and its surrounding Hevsel Gardens have become the latest historical sites in Turkey to be inscribed on ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Kurds to US: We Were Your Friends First - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

The Kurdistan Regional Government has emerged as one of America’s best allies, but will its lobbying operation help it from falling prey to politics now that Iraq and Turkey ...

Stealing Away Turkey's Democracy - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

Erdogan has by now proved he's no democrat. He is, however, a brilliant politician. In 2009, he began a so-called Kurdish Opening to secure Kurdish votes for himself and his party....

Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War? - Popp & Reuter, Der Spiegel

Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against the Kurdish PKK militia. By doing so, he has shown that he...

United States and Turkey Diverge Over Kurds - Al-Monitor

Turkey reportedly targets Syrian Kurdish militias as it escalates attacks on the PKK; Egyptian journalists alarmed by proposed anti-terror law....

Could Peace Finally Come to Cyprus? - Maria Savel, World Politics Review

It has been a busy month in Cyprus, with visits from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Turkish President Recep Tayyi...

Turkey Goes to War - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Ankara is organizing Syrian rebels for an assault on the Islamic State’s last stronghold along the Turkish border and could even use its warplanes to support their advance....

Turkey's Reasons for Joining the Fight on ISIS - Kemal Kirisci, Brookings

The deal with the United States has now given the caretaker government a chance to take on the PKK. The AKP—supposed to be negotiating a coalition—is now banking on Erd...

Turkey's Wishes Could Undermine IS Fight - N. Quilliam, Chatham House

Rather than serve as safe havens for allies, they are much more likely to serve as bases from which groups that vehemently oppose the West can perpetuate their war against the Assa...

What's Eating Turkey? - Burak Kadercan, War on the Rocks

While the “Suruc massacre,” as it has come to be known in Turkey, has galvanized action against ISIL, it also underscores long-term strategic challenges that might stil...

Turmoil in Turkey: Erdogan's Dangerous Gambit - The Economist

TURKEY’S allies in the West have felt increasingly queasy about its wayward president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At home he has become authoritarian and wants to change the const...

Quantum Geopolitics - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Forecasting the shape the world will take in several years or decades is an audacious undertaking. There are no images to observe or precise data points to anchor us. We can only c...

Amid Tensions, Erdogan Visits China - Altay Atli, Asia Times

Relations between Turkey and China have been going through a sour period recently....

Erdogan's Wars - Bloomberg View

Above all else, collective security requires solidarity. So NATO ambassadors were correct to keep the focus of Tuesday's extraordinary meeting about Turkey squarely on the need to ...

What the West is Forgetting: Turkey Still Matters - Paul Heinbecker, G&M

The situation in the Middle East is never so bad that it can’t get worse. Turkey, an island of comparative stability in a sea of unrest, is at risk from a rising tide of insecuri...

Turkey Is in Uncharted Waters - Behlul Ozkan, Al Jazeera

Shorn of its parliamentary majority after more than a decade in power, and ruling the country as a caretaker government, the AKP is facing an unprecedented set of crises....

The Middle East Shakeout Hits Turkey - Robert Olson, Today's Zaman

On July 24 a Turkish aircraft attacked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria as well as scores of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) sites in Iraq and Turkey. It...

Will Turkey Drag U.S. Into a Quagmire? - Steven Cook, CFR

This weekend Turkey and the United States took steps toward getting more heavily involved in the Syrian quagmire....

The Middle East Recalibrates - Stratfor

Stratfor's long-term forecast is that if one's default unit of measurement for time is in decades, then Turkey will become the pre-eminent power in the Middle East....

Turkey's Shift on the Syrian War - New York Times

Late last week, Turkey significantly escalated its involvement in Syria’s civil war by carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and announcing that it w...

Is PKK Real Target of Turkish Strikes? - Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

Turkey’s decision to open two fronts, against the Islamic State and the PKK, complicates US cooperation with Kurds in Syria....

Winter Is Coming: Turkey's False Spring - Aykan Erdemir, TNI

Turkey’s recent June elections have produced a religiously diverse parliamentthat the country has not seen since the 1950s. A total of seven non-Muslim deputie...

Uighur Terrorism: An Unhelpful Misnomer - Angela Poh, Diplomat

Thailand’s recent deportation to China of more than 100 Uyghurs – the majority ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – drew a&...

Turkey Is at War Again with the Kurds - Economist

The fighting has put a definitive end to the cease-fire between the government and the PKK. It also complicates Turkey's newfound eagerness to participate in the American-led milit...

Turkey Drawn into a Vortex of Violence - Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor

A sudden escalation of attacks against police and the military after the Suruc suicide bombing prompts fears that the cease-fire with the Kurds has ended....

Middle East in Conflict: Empires Strike Back - Dov Zakheim, Hurriyet

The Saudi-Iranian rivalry also underlays the strong exchange of barbs that took place during Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s April 2015 visit to Washington. Asserting ...

Turkey Joins the Fight - Irish Times

Events on Turkey’s troubled border with Syria have pushed its leaders into a major policy change towards the Syrian civil war. Last week’s decision that the US can use ...

All Roads Lead to Syria - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

For most Sunnis, the acid test of American intentions is the one place on earth that President Obama wants nothing to do with: the zone of fanaticism, anarchy, and atrocity formerl...

Turkey's Dangerous Game in Syria - The Guardian

Ankara's ideal post-Isis world would be one in which both Syria and Iraq come back to life as strong nations, controlling and satisfying their Kurdish minorities, and thus leaving ...

Turkey's Double Trouble: ISIS and the PKK - Brooklyn Middleton, Arabiya

The past several days in southeastern Turkey have seen significant bloodshed followed by high tensions and widespread unrest that has spilled over into Istanbul and Ankara. On 20 J...

Turkey Finally Changes Heart on ISIS - Telegraph

The news that Turkey will take an active role against Isil is a potential game changer....

Turkey Joins the War Against ISIS - Dan De Luce, Foreign Policy

After months of indecision, Ankara has entered the fight in Syria. Can it turn the tide?...

Suruc Attack: Blood on the AKP's Hands - Murat Aksoy, Today's Zaman

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been identified as the suspect of the suicide bombing against a group of volunteers in Suruç who were en route to Kobani....

The Turkish Enigma - George Friedman, Stratfor

The most violent and the most immediate crisis for Ankara is the area stretching from the Mediterranean to Iran, and from Turkey to Yemen. The main problem for Turkey is that Syria...

Turkey Must Drop Its Dead-End Foreign Policy - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

Former diplomats say Ankara should act urgently with its NATO allies to face the new threats that have emerged to its security from groups like the Islamic State....

ISIS Declares War on Turkey - Serkan Demirtas, Hurriyet Daily News

The deadly Suruc attack that claimed the lives of 32 activist youngsters and wounded around 100 others is itself a declaration of war by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (I...

Ankara's 'Entente Cordiale' with ISIS Is Over - Iyad Dakka, Today's Zaman

The attack is the final nail in the coffin for anyone inside the Turkish government still holding on to the illusion that an “entente cordiale” with ISIL can continue. Murmurs ...

A Turning Point for Turkey - The National

Turkey has been here before. In May 2013, two car bombs were detonated in the city of Reyhanli in the south, a stone’s throw from the Syrian border. Fifty-two civilians died....

A Continent Partying Like It's 1939 - Kurt Schlichter, The Federalist

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....

Russia's Nuclear Power Play in the Middle East - Melissa Hersh, TNI

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

A Chance for Turkey and Iran to Reset Relations - Akin Unver, Al Jazeera

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

Syrian Opposition Plans to Use Turkish Lira - M. al-Khatieb, Al-Monitor

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 ...

Turkey Bashes and Woos China - Economist

Pious Sinophobia won’t deflect Turkey’s strategic dreams....

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...

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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