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Democracy Is in Retreat

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Is Turkey Ready to Get Tough on ISIS?

Serkan Demirtas, Hurriyet

The World's 10 Fastest Growing Metro Areas

Parilla & Trujillo, Brookings

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Time to End the EU-NATO Standoff - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Even though the EU and NATO together understand the enormity of the Ukraine crisis and its implications for both organizations, Cyprus and Turkey are undermining EU-NATO cooperatio...

Kurdistan's 'State' Warfare - Odisho, Mustafa & Fisher, The Conversation

Opening a front against Kurdistan, although inexplicable on military and political grounds, is intelligible under different criteria. The only reason that stands out among the prev...

Hamas Is on Alert in Turkey - Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor

Hamas is taking Israel’s complaint to NATO against Turkey for hosting Hamas leaders seriously, concerned that it might be a prelude to a resumption of assassinations of its l...

The Global Internet Crackdown - Vauhini Vara, New Yorker

China’s place in the rankings won’t come as a surprise to many people. The notable part is that the report suggests that, when it comes to Internet freedom, the rest of the wor...

Obama Can't Decide If Assad Should Go - Max Boot, Commentary

The good news: the U.S. and Turkey are supposedly making progress on a deal whereby the U.S. would declare a small buffer zone along Syria’s border with Turkey in return for An...

Erdogan Slams U.S. Again - Al-Monitor

Is Turkey really a member of the anti-Islamic State coalition?...

Turkey Slow to Redevelop Central Asian Relations - The Diplomat

Russia’s aggressive strategy in Ukraine and its hostile attitude toward the West have forced states in the region to revise current policies toward the Kremlin’s percei...

Putin's Interview to Anadolu Agency - The Kremlin

The upcoming state visit to Turkey and participation in the fifth session of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council are an important stage in advancing relations betwee...

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Erdogan Loses His Touch - The National

For a politician whose deft perception of Turkish public opinion gave him a decade of commanding political success, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent utterances have been more li...

Turkey Needs a New Constitution - Eser Karakas, Today's Zaman

Military issues in Turkey carry the same level of importance. In recent years, with the exception of a few isolated incidents, some very important steps have been taken in the aren...

Will Turkey Target Gulenist Bank? - Luke Rodeheffer, Global Risk Insights

Though there have been no official comments on FGM's status, Erdogan's administration has been carrying out a campaign to eliminate perceived FGM movement within Turkey following a...

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

Will Turkey Stick to China Missile Deal? - Al-Monitor

According to a defense official in Ankara who didn’t want to be identified, Western countries, instead of trying to understand Turkey’s demands, simply say, “Trus...

Kurds Fight for a New Kind of Democracy - K. Manoharan, Conversation

The struggle for Kobane is an event of global significance on a par with the Declaration of Independence, the Storming of the Bastille, the Paris Commune, or the Vietnamese victory...

Iraq's Future: It's the Oil, Stupid - Michael Knights, Al Jazeera

To predict whether Iraq will remain a country - or break apart - we need to look at the oil as well as ISIL....

Turkey's Presidential 'Palace:' What Nonsense - T.M. Arvas, Daily Sabah

The Presidential Palace will bolster Turkey's image. It will be the center for conferences and events and it will be often used to greet foreign business delegations. It will be mu...

Turkey's Sultan Builds Himself a Palace - David Blair, Telegraph

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's new residence is four times the size of Versailles, comfortably exceeding the grandeur of Louis XIV of France....

The Middle East's New Power Structure - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

“War,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is the “father of all things.” In view of the bloody – indeed barbaric – events in the Mid...

A Look at How ISIS Smuggles Oil - Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed

The oil brings Omar to town weekly, huddling with grease-covered men to negotiate the purchase of faded, 17-gallon drums. A Syrian in his thirties, Omar was once a proud rebel in h...

The West Cares Not What's Best for Turkey - Rabee Al-Hafidh, Daily Sabah

American provocation of Turkey and the attempts to embarrass and compromise Turkey's political and security positions, both locally and internationally, are nothing new....

Turkish Military Angry With Peshmerga Move - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

The Turkish military is said to be riled and to have informed the government of its opposition to seeing Iraqi Kurdish fighters in Turkey....

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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