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Moscow, Ankara ramp up their "he said, she said" exchanges with ever-stronger accusations....(full article)

The charges and counter-charges are less important than the fact that they have become routine....(full article)

It was in Syria, where Bashar al-Assad’s regime stubbornly persisted in the face of an insurgency that Turkey helped support, where Turkish foreign-policy objectives were ult...(full article)

Shorn of a parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002, the AK party should have sought a coalition partner, but instead Mr Erdogan boldly gambled on a new election on Nov...(full article)

Worried that the Syrian Kurds will gain an autonomous region along its border with Syria, Ankara has declared a PYD/YPG presence west of the Euphrates to be a red line. But what ca...(full article)

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Turkey's Tyrant in Action - Washington Post

TURKEY’S PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rounded another bend in his quest to become tyrant of the Bosphorus. Turkish prosecutors, responding to his complaint, have sought...

The West Must Stop Giving Turkey a Free Pass - Behlul Ozkan, NY Times

With the Middle East ravaged by religious radicalism and sectarianism, the European Union and the United States can’t afford the Turkish government’s brutal military ef...

Bidding Goodbye to Schengen - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

The brutal truth is that most of the people crossing from Turkey into Greece, including the Syrians and Afghans who come from war-torn countries, are “asylum-shoppers.”...

Is Turkey at War or Not? - Nuray Mert, Hurriyet Daily News

As a citizen of Turkey (a Sunni-Turkish, Muslim believer by conviction, if you were wondering), I need to know whether my country is at war with another state. I wonder whether we ...

What Happened to Europe's Principled Foreign Policy? - Economist

Europeans are hardly new to Realpolitik (the clue is in the word). There has long been a division of foreign-policy labour within the EU, says Michael Leigh of the German Marshall ...

Turkey Drifts Toward One-Party Paranoia - John Butler, Spectator

Why do President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the political party he co-founded, the Justice and Development party (AK party), need to suppress free speech? The AK party was swept bac...

Think Erdogan's a Dictator? Better Lawyer Up - Pinar Tremblay, ALM

The Turkish government has launched two court cases against the media for allegedly offending President Recep Tayyip Erdogan....

Midnight in the Orient Bar With Ataturk - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

Traffic on the Bosphorus goes one way and then the other. One day it leads from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and from there through the Dardanelles, to the Aegean and then t...

Kemal Erdogan's Second Turkish Revolution - Soner Cagaptay, Politico EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is all but certain to become the longest serving Turkish leader in modern history, surpassing even Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The founder o...

Turkey's Southeast Is Now a Warzone - The Economist

In July the PKK, which has waged a decades-long war for Kurdish self-rule, returned to killing Turkish police and soldiers after a two-year ceasefire. The group accused Turkey of...

Pipeline Politics Return to Prominence - Max Hess, Registan

Although 2016 is increasingly likely to be a year of low energy prices, at least in the South Caucasus it will also mark a return to energy politics....

Turkey Needs to Reset Its Relations With Israel - R. Cutler, National Post

Israel might sell gas to Turkey but would be unlikely to rely on Turkey for gas transit to Europe. Turkey’s “ship of state” is being tossed on the seas of social,...

Turkey's Failed Double Game - Stanly Johny, The Hindu

Much of the blame should lie with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After becoming Prime Minister in 2003, Mr. Erdogan adopted an assertive foreign policy. He opposed the Iraq war, g...

Is This How 'Europe' Ends? - Alastair Macdonald & Noah Barkin, Reuters

The Germans, founders and funders of the postwar union, shut their borders to refugees in a bid for political survival by the chancellor who let in a million migrants. And then -- ...

Are Turkish Intellectuals Being Targeted? - Cengiz Candar, Al-Monitor

Following the arrests of Turkish academics who had signed a petition in support of the Kurds in southeastern Turkey, the country is facing an unprecedented 'civil war.'...

Turkey in the Whirlwind of Its Own Bad Choices - F. Hakura, Chat. House

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tends to blame outsiders for Turkey’s growing litany of problems rather than government policy. He identifies Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ...

Putin Wants Regime Change in Turkey - Ivan Krastev, Bloomberg View

Many have been burned trying to predict Russian President Vladimir Putin's next foreign policy moves, but it's a safe bet he will copy whichever U.S. policy he has been criticizing...

After Bombing, Will Turkey Escalate War on ISIS? - Tom Rogan, NRO

This attack could play a significant role in shaping Turkey’s policy in Syria. First, it’s personal: By slaughtering Western European and Turkish civilians in the physi...

Turkey's Terror Problem - Bloomberg View

Tuesday’s terrorist bombing in Istanbul wasn’t as deadly as last year’s in Ankara, and there’s at least one other difference that’s encouraging -- if ...

The High Cost of the Turkey-Russia Spat - Christopher Miller, GMF

So far Russians have stoically put up with the economic pain, reckoning that the government is not to be blamed for uncontrollable movements in global oil prices. Unlike the oil pr...

The Fight for Mosul - Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker

No one I spoke with in Sinjar believed that Sunni civilians could have lived among the ISIS occupiers without collaborating in their crimes; nor could anyone imagine a future in w...

It's Time for Turkey to Choose a Side - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The Islamic State suicide bombing in Istanbul yesterday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should stop worrying about the Kurds and take on the fundamentalists inste...

Will Turkey and Israel Make Up? - Asli Aydintasbas, ECFR

In 2014, an advisor to Erdogan called Turkey’s regional isolation “precious loneliness.” But when faced with a quagmire on its long Syrian border, an increasing I...

Erdogan's Troubling Offensive - Washington Post

PHOTOGRAPHS OF black smoke rising from a dense thicket of concrete buildings have by now become a painfully familiar emblem of ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq. So it’s perhaps...

A Sectarian Divide in Mideast on Saudi Arabia and Iran - Pew Research

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...

How Obama Created a Mideast Vacuum - Dennis Ross, Politico Magazine

Few issues have confronted President Barack Obama with tougher dilemmas than Syria. Over the course of the nearly five years of the war within Syria, Obama has faced choices on how...

Why Is Turkey Fetishizing Presidentialism? - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet

During a speech on Jan. 6 to local headmen, President Tayyip Erdoğan brought up the issue of a regime shift from the current parliamentary system to a presidential one. Erdoğan s...

Mr. Erdogan Crosses Yet Another Line - New York Times

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey marched across another line last week. Asked about his push for greatly enhanced executive powers, he told reporters that there was a prece...

Saudi-Iranian Crisis Complicates Ankara's Regional Plans - S. İdiz, ALM

Rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have put Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on the spot again, providing a fresh example of how its Islamist/Su...

The Rise and Fall of Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party - Mustafa Akyol, ALM

Selahattin Demirtas, who led the Peoples’ Democratic Party to electoral success in Turkish politics, is now presiding over its downfall....

Turkey's Unwinnable War Against Its Kurds - Asli Aydintasbas, Politico EU

Beneath the world’s radar, a serious insurgency has been simmering in Turkey’s Kurdish regions for months. Urban clashes, with three or four casualties each time, are a...

Erdogan's Hitler Problem - Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a Hitler problem. When he was asked last Friday to comment on his strong desire to establish what Turks call an “executive presiden...

Why Turkey Is Building So Many Mosques - Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed

The biggest mosque in Turkey is currently being built on a hill overlooking Istanbul. It’s just one of hundreds that have gone up in recent years, raising questions about who...

Turkey's Syrian Tangle - Javier Solana, Project Syndicate

Turkey should reflect on its position. It cannot risk being perceived as a country that jeopardizes basic freedoms, thereby widening the gap with the EU. Two factors will sustain i...

Turkey Hires D.C. Lobbyists to Attack U.S. Critic - Julian Pecquet, ALM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been cracking down on followers of his archrival, Fethullah Gulen, for years. Now he’s going after the US-based cleric himself, wit...

On the Brink, with Erdogan - Michael Goldfarb, Politico EU

LONDON — 2015 is drawing to an end. The unanswered questions of the year — especially the ones related to ISIL, Syria and the massive flow of refugees from the region i...

The Men in the Middle - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Two young, charismatic leaders in Israel and Turkey are taking on right-wing governments and trying to transform their countries' politics. Can they change the Middle East without ...

AKP's Regional Ambitions Have Gained Turkey Nothing - İdiz, Hurriyet

Foreign policy has never been a domain suitable for ambitious scenarios and ill-considered steps. Due to serious policy mistakes by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) governme...

A Century After Sykes-Picot - Eugene Rogan, Cairo Review

With the fall of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Arabs found themselves divided into new states under British and French domination. Today’s crises are a legacy...

Did Erdogan Trade Gaza for Israeli Gas? - Kadri Gursel, Al-Monitor

Erdogan’s ambition for a presidential system keeps him from dropping the Gaza precondition for the settlement of sour relations with Israel, but this does not stop the two si...

At Greece's Borders, a Test for Europe - Nikos Konstandaras, NYTimes

ATHENS — The deceptively beautiful waters between Greek islands in the eastern Aegean and the Turkish mainland are the border between Greeks and Turks, a dividing line that h...

Turkey and Israel's Rocky Road to Reconciliation - Kayaoglu, Al-Monitor

Turkey and Israel have much to gain from normalizing their relations, but recent reports to that effect should be met with caution....

Resetting Turkey's Foreign Policy - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet Daily News

There could be more examples found but it is clear that Turkey’s foreign policy after its shift in early 2011 with the break of the Arab Spring is heading towards another tur...

A Gas-Powered Rapprochement Between Turkey, Israel - K. Johnson, FP

After five years of discord, Ankara and Jerusalem are ready to mend ties, driven in no small part by Turkey’s desire to get access to Israeli natural gas....

The Roughest Time to Be a Journalist in Turkey - B. Orucoglu, FP

A doctor on trial for comparing President Erodgan to Gollum is only the most visible example of Ankara's growing crackdown on freedom of expression....

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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