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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may be signaling that Turkey remains a power to be reckoned with at a time when he is facing a number of serious setbacks....(full article)

Turkey may be plotting to install a reliable, Ankara-friendly pseudo-government in northern Syria....(full article)

Turkey is heading down a very dangerous path toward violence, with the potential of a civil war and/or intercommunal fighting. This would be very bad news. Even worse, the PKK and ...(full article)

In the distance, black smoke is swirling from the western and northern sides of Kobani, the last redoubts of the few hundred YPG fighters who are there fighting for their lives. Th...(full article)

While America is in an apologizing mode, how about expressing some regrets to the Kurds and others who for years begged for help in fighting against their (and our) enemies, but go...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Turkey Can't Solve Syria Crisis - Norman Stone, London Evening Standard

The United States will now be allowed to use Turkish bases against IS. But Ankara's choice is between war or revolt at home....

The Kobani Slaughter - Jerusalem Post

Nations intone “Never again,” but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources....

US Complicit in Kobani Catastrophe - Washington Post

The Obama administration seems to have settled on a blame-Turkey defense for a possible humanitarian catastrophe in the Syrian city of Kobane. It’s convenient and not entirel...

Turkey Is Right: In Syria, It's About Assad - Frederic Hof, Atlantic Council

Whether Turkey is truly prepared to do a heavy lift in Syria is far from certain. What is beyond doubt is its unwillingness to do so while the United States holds its coat with its...

The Risk of Reigniting a Turkish War - Hugh Pope, The Guardian

Whatever happens to Kobani, it is only by sorting Turkish and Kurdish differences inside Turkey that the two sides can begin thinking the unthinkable about facing Isis together. An...

An Appeal to the Turkish Prime Minister - Bahman Ghobani, Daily Beast

Just a few steps from the borders of your country, one of the worst disasters of this decade is taking place at the same time that you have accepted your position as prime minister...

Cold Wars Simmer in Islamic Middle East - Pierre Atlas, Indianapolis Star

The Muslim Middle East is increasingly divided along sectarian and ideological lines. In addition to the violent conflicts that make the nightly news, two "cold wars" are simmering...

Erdogan's Peace with the Kurds Is Collapsing - The Economist

THE contrast could not be starker. On one side of a barbed-wire fence, beneath plumes of smoke from air strikes and amid the rattle of gunfire, the bearded fighters of the self-pro...

The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of ...

Obama Has no Strategy - Malcolm Fraser, The Guardian

Air power alone will not make a difference in Iraq. Barack Obama, and his allies, have the worst strategic understanding possible of what they claim is an existential threat....

Fiddling While Kobani Burns - Steven Cook, Foreign Policy

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war....

The Failing Air Campaign Against ISIS - Washington Post

Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq, and two weeks after they were extended into Syria, the forces of the Islamic State are still advancing....

Turkey, It's Time to Act - The Independent

The campaign, in President Obama’s words, to “degrade and destroy” the organisation may take years. It could however be drastically shortened – if only Turk...

IS Set to Exercise Border Control - Michael Werz, National Interest

If the city of Kobani falls, it will be both a human tragedy and a strategic setback — and a key part of a long-term solution to the Syrian conflict is likely to die with the...

Kobani Shakes Fragile Turkey-Kurd Relations - Mark Lowen, BBC News

Could Turkey be about to return to the bad old days of armed conflict with the Kurds? Troops on the streets, curfews for the first time in 22 years, protests in almost 30 cities an...

ISIS Dares Turkey to Save Kobani - Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

Turkey, for its part, seems ambivalent about its role in the fight. While it says it won't let ISIS take over the town, it also hasn't joined the effort to stop the group and doe...

Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey - M. Tanchum & H. Karaveli, New York Times

Turkey’s current situation resembles the early years of Pakistan’s sponsorship of the Taliban. The Islamic State is recruiting militants in Turkey. And failure to clean...

Turkish Inaction and an ISIS Triumph - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Kobani has become the Kurds’ Alamo as they fight ISIS in Syria. Nobody’s coming to help them, and if and when they fall, the repercussions will be felt for years to come....

Turkey's Risky Refusal to Face Radicalism - Tulin Daloglu, Al-Monitor

Although Erdogan accused foreign media of maliciously picturing Turkey as supporting the Islamic State, the Turkish media have started to report interviews with families whose memb...

The Fatal Flaw in the Fight Against ISIS - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

The west is left leading an intervention that lacks a clearly defined political ambition and a military exit strategy. Stemming the jihadi tide to prevent the collapse of Iraq was ...

Are Turkish Troops Trapped at a Syrian Tomb? - Al-Monitor

A critical debate is raging in Turkey about a Turkish Special Forces detachment posted about 20 miles inside Syria to guard the Tomb of Suleiman Shah, an extraterritorial Turkish e...

Turkey Is Paying the Price for Its Support of Syrian Radicals - Spiegel

The country has been strangely reserved when it comes to dealing with the Islamic State. It is the neighboring country that is perhaps most threatened by the jihadist fighters, but...

A New Authoritarianism Is Growing - Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

Increasingly, authoritarian regimes are rising around the world, led by a pesky, resource-rich Russia and a new full-blown superpower, China. Today, few regimes are becoming more d...

How to Cut Off Terror Tycoons - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

It’s the only self-funding terrorist organization in history and it does business with U.S. "allies." How can ISIS’s money machine be stopped?...

The PKK Could Resume Its War in Turkey - Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor

On Sept. 24, the Kurdistan Workers Party issued a highly critical statement. In a nutshell, it said that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party had “eliminated&r...

The Alarming Absences in Obama's Coalition - Bloomberg

Obama's success in assembling this regional military coalition is impressive. But it is incomplete. Including Turkey in the military effort would send a signal to Islamic State tha...

Meeting Turkey's New Prime Minister - Joshua Walker, War on the Rocks

Contrary to simplistic caricatures of an anti-Western or anti-Semitic Muslim ideologue that some have applied, Davutoğlu remains an affable statesman with nationalist fervor and w...

The Real Anti-IS Coalition - Verda Ozer, Hurriyet Daily News

Since the foundation of a “core coalition” including Turkey was announced at the NATO Summit last week, we are all wondering what this “coalition” means, wh...

IS Looks to Istanbul - Alev Scott & Alexander Christie-Miller, Newsweek

The Islamic State has sunk its tendrils deep into Turkey, a country that may now be in its firing line after being named as part of a Nato alliance to combat the jihadist group....

Obama's Anti-ISIS Coalition No Sure Thing - D. Francis, Fiscal Times

President Obama is dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to recruit Sunni nations there to join the fight against ISIS, a tall order in a part of the worl...

Iran's Possible Role in Anti-IS Coalition - Joshua Keating, Slate

Any open acknowledgment of cooperation between the United States and Iran with regards to ISIS would likely make the U.S. Congress, hardliners in Tehran, and the Israeli government...

Who's the Bigger Turkey Now? - New York Post

Chancellor Merkel insisted that “spying between friends — that’s just not done.” But now the spying device seems to be on the other foot…er, ear....

Turkey's Imperial Fantasy - Behlul Ozkan, New York Times

According to Mr. Davutoglu, the nation states established after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire are artificial creations and Turkey must now carve out its own Lebensraum — ...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...

How Germany Spies on Its Friends - Der Spiegel

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that ...

Eurasia's Reagan Revolutions - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Perhaps economic hurdles -- caused by sanctions in Russia’s case and fundamental weakness in India's and Turkey’s -- will impose limits upon the megalomania of the tub-...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The Next Sultan? - The Economist

Erdogan blessing the crowds Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, became the country’s first popularly elected president on August 10th, marking his ninth consecutive ...

Turkey Must Turn Away from Erdogan the Autocrat - Washington Post

Mr. Erdogan has taken steps that tattered the values of freedom of speech and association that underpin any democracy. When protests broke out last year in Istanbul’s Taksim Squa...

On Cyprus, the World Is Silent - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Turkey has far more troops in Northern Cyprus than Israel has in the West Bank. Greek Cypriots, unlike Palestinians, vastly outnumbered their adversaries. Indeed, a minority compri...

After Erdogan, Turkey Will Be Liberal - Soner Cagaptay, New York Times

Despite Mr. Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s vote, his era may actually be coming to an end. Just as he once rode to power on a wave of conservative Islamist sentiment as formerly...

Erdogan & the Paradox of Populism - Jan-Werner Mueller, Project Syndicate

The triumph of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey’s first direct presidential election is no surprise. Erdoğan is popular, and, as Prime Minister since 2003, he has been riding a w...

Erdogan Takes a Page from Putin - Adnan Khan, Globe and Mail

A new form of democracy is on the rise in the 21st-century world. Its features are disturbing: elections are held every five years or so; a winner is announced who then goes on to ...

Erdogan Must Be a President for All Turks - The National

The prime minister has won a convincing victory in the presidential election. Now comes the hard part A new era is beginning in Turkey. The resounding victory of prime minister Re...

Erdogan's Game Plan: Total Hegemony - Mustafa Akyol, Hurriyet Daily

Erdogan does not wish to leave any chance for Abdullah Gül, the man who founded the AKP with him some 13 years ago, in the political scene. Gül’s presidency is ending with this...

Election Will Seal Erdogan's Supremacy - Kazim & Popp, Der Spiegel

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan began his political career as a democratic reformer. But those days are long gone. His battles against the country's old elite and the demonst...

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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