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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

Most Recent Articles

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 ...

Atoning for a Genocide - Raffi Khatchadourian, New Yorker

A family survives the Armenian genocide and its long aftermath....

Turkey's Two Thugs - Claire Berlinski, City Journal

Erdoğan and Gülen are both dangerous—but only one of them lives in the Poconos.​...

Will Turkey Kill Syria's Chance at Peace? - Conn Hallinan, FPIF

The pieces for a political deal to end the Syrian civil war are coming together — if Ankara will let them....

How Turkey Sabotaged Its Future - Mustafa Akyol, New York Times

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey keeps making global headlines. First it was for claiming that Muslims discovered the New World. Then it was for asserting that you “ca...

Turkish Women Battle an Islamist Strongman - Christina Asquith, DB

As Turkey’s president restricts free speech and ignores domestic violence, the country’s businesswomen are pushing back....

Turkey Short-Circuits Its Own Future - Mustafa Akyol, New York Times

Some might view these proposals as a sign of Turkey’s regression from an open-minded, secular past, initiated some 90 years ago by the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal...

Erdogan Smothers Turkey's Democracy - Washington Post

AUTOCRATS OFTEN feel compelled to invent pretexts, no matter how unconvincing, for crushing their opponents. In the latest round of attacks on the news media in Turkey, warrants we...

Breaking a Cynical Turkish Political Bond - Mehmet Yilmaz, Worldcrunch

The rising battle between the forces of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and exiled imam Fethullah Gulen is a high-stakes power struggle. But some in Turkey want no part of it....

Turkey-EU Ties Will Survive - Marc Pierini, EU Observer

The current tone between the European Union and Turkey - some have spoken of a war of words - reflects an incompatibility between president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political c...

Gen. Allen Is the Right Man for Fight Against IS - David Ignatius, WaPo

Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel as if he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat the Islamic State: Iran is a silent partner in Iraq but a potential adver...

There Is no Quick Fix for Cyprus - Yusuf Kanli, Hurriyet Daily News

Expectations for a quick fix to the crisis in the Cyprus talks process appear to have come to a dead end. Turkey is reiterating that under no condition will it agree to abandon sup...

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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