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Tensions Are Simmering in Turkey

Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey's Electoral Graveyard

Sibel Hurtas, Al Monitor

Has Turkey's President Gone Mad?

Thomas Seibert, Daily Beast

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

Is Erdogan Changing His Tune on Israel? - Arad Nir, Al Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's silence during the recent Israeli election campaign, despite controversial remarks about the Palestinians, and the reopening of a synagogue...

Why Turkey Needs a New Constitution - Caleb Lauer, The National

During March 21 Nowruz celebrations, a letter from jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan was read out to supporters in which he once again called for t...

7 Nuclear Wannabes - Andrew Topf, Oil Price

The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in 2011 following the Japanese tsunami forced a major rethink of nuclear power as a safe form of electricity generation. As ra...

Why Does the PKK Hesitate on the Path to Peace? - M Esayan, Daily Sabah

The long-awaited letter of the Imprisoned PKK leader, Abdullah Öcalan, was read out in Diyarbakır province during Nevruz celebrations on March 21 - the traditional celebratio...

Who Speaks for the Turkish Government? - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) circles were trying the extinguish the fire, or pretending that there was no fire at all, regarding the exchange of words between Pr...

Kerry's Assad Accommodation - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone-in case anyone still harbored doubts-that the Obama administration had no intentio...

An EU-Turkey Reset - M. Ahtisaari, E. Bonino & A. Rohan, Project Syndicate

Indeed, two geopolitical orders are unraveling in Turkey's immediate neighborhood: the post-Cold War entente with Russia, and the national borders in the Middle East defined by the...

Turkey Drifts from NATO - New York Times

The website of Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledges that NATO has played a “central role” in the country’s security and insists that Turkey, wh...

NATO Can Confront the Enemy at the Gate of Europe - Dan Coats, Politico

We must do more to fight the jihadists on the battlefield. One of the best ways we can do that is to prevent them from getting there in the first place. The North Atlantic Treaty O...

Turkish Society Is Turning More Secular - Mustafa Akyol, Al Monitor

In a new book, Volkan Erit argues that despite an increasingly Islamist government, Turkish society is actually becoming less strident in its religious tastes....

Turkey's Kurds Weigh Election Choice - Mustafa Gurbuz, Daily Star

For more than two decades, Kurdish-affiliated parties have resorted to running independents as a tactic to circumvent the minimum 10 percent national threshold that a party needs t...

It Seems Only Erdogan's Voice Matters in Turkey - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet

The fact is that Erdoğan’s intervention in daily affairs is not limited to the Central Bank. He also recently announced that he was going to convene the cabinet on March 9, for ...

Turkish Foreign Policy at a Crossroads - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) “zero problems with neighbors” policy was nothing but a derivative of the Turkish Republic’s strategic...

Did Turkey Cut a Deal with ISIS? - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Turkish leaders have presented their weekend mission to rescue dozens of troops guarding an ancient Ottoman tomb inside Syria as a military triumph. But critics see Saturday nigh...

Turkey Makes a Move in Syria - Economist

TURKISH tanks and troops backed by attack helicopters and drones rumbled into Syria over the weekend to repatriate 38 Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grand...

Democracy Is in Retreat - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

As the Stanford University democracy expert Larry Diamond argues in an essay entitled “Facing Up to the Democratic Recession” in the latest issue of the Journal of Demo...

Is Turkey Ready to Get Tough on ISIS? - Serkan Demirtas, Hurriyet

Yesterday marked three important developments in areas related to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). First, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced t...

Is Turkey Becoming a Muslim-Majority Russia? - C. Sadar, Foreign Affairs

Above all, despite their increasing and understandable frustration with the Turkish government, both the EU and the United States must remain engaged with the country. Political is...

The World's 10 Fastest Growing Metro Areas - Parilla & Trujillo, Brookings

With only 20 percent of the population, the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies account for nearly half of global economic output. Through our new Global Metro Monitor rep...

The Kremlin's Middle East Charm Offensive - Alan Philps, The National

For a man whose country is under crippling western sanctions, Vladimir Putin has been doing a lot of travelling. He has visited India, Turkey and, at the beginning of this week, Eg...

Gas from Ukraine. Expiration Date: 2019 - Igor Alexeev, Oil Price

The modest installment payments that Ukraine is making on its $2.440 billion debt to Gazprom are not enough to restore the reputation of that country as a reliable transit partner....

Turkey's Intel Chief Moves into Politics - Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor

The resignation of intelligence chief Hakan Fidan to run for parliament becomes the center of debate in Turkey....

Syria, the Ultimate Example of Realpolitik - Marc Pierini, EU Observer

With the roar of conflict in eastern Ukraine, some disquieting developments in the Middle East might have been recently overlooked. Yet, interviews by Syrian president Bashar al-As...

The Danger if Jordan Destabilizes - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

Why did they do it? What did the Islamic State think it could possibly gain by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot? I wouldn’t underestimate the absence of logic, the s...

Erdogan: Turkey's New System Will Look Like UK - C. Letsch, Guardian

Leader vying for more powers says Britain’s constitutional monarchy is close to system he is trying to build....

A Talk with Bashar al Assad - Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs

One of the officials from your country asked me seven years ago in Syria at the end of a meeting, “How do you think we can solve the problem in Afghanistan?” I told him...

A Black Sea Drift into Isolationism - Dominique Moisi, Les Echos

PARIS - Have Russia and Turkey become the two sick men on Europe's outskirts? For centuries, the Russian Empire's territorial expansion came at the expense of the Ottoman Empire, f...

The Kurdish Miracle in Kobani - Malcolm Harris, Talking Points Memo

t’s a familiar scene: Young people in a makeshift press center sitting around laptops talking about the best way to post a video. Facebook first, or their own news page? Skyp...

How Turkish Corruption Could Kill - Michael Rubin, Commentary

corruption has become endemic in other ways that can have devastating consequences. In his efforts to depict Turkey as a great, emerging power, Erdoğan decided to go nuclear. In 2...

Turkey Helping Russia Instead of NATO - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, there was Russia’s invasion of Georgia. And, just as it was years later in Ukraine, part of the Russian ...

Male Belly Dancing Stages Comeback in Turkey - P. Tremblay, Al-Monitor

The impact of Ottoman cultural revival is seen in the increasing popularity of male belly dancers in Turkey....

Easy Money Flees Emerging Markets - Alan Beattie, Financial Times

Given the disparate paths and policies among middle-income economies, it is implausible that the emerging market boom dating back to the early 2000s reflected only cheap borrowing ...

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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