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Turkey has carefully avoided saying anything publicly against independence for the Kurdistan Region that could offend Barzani, who has become essentially the sole ally of an increa...(full article)

These disturbing traits could be reinforced if he is elected in the first round of the presidential vote next month. A slowing economy and an increasingly uncertain foreign policy ...(full article)

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan initiated his campaign for the August presidential elections in Samsun, a city on the Black Sea coast. After speaking at a crowded ra...(full article)

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, chose to announce plans for a referendum on independence today -- the same day Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan picked...(full article)

World turmoil in 2014 increasingly recalls that of one hundred years ago as national aspirations and trans-national ambitions set the world on a path to war. I do not suggest tha...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Turkey's Islamic Imperialism - Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post

Erdogan remains an Islamic imperialist. Like Iran he aims to destroy the global order and replace it with an Islamic empire. But like Iran, if his adversaries get wise to what he ...

Turkey's Best Ally: The Kurds - Mustafa Akyol, New York Times

When the Iraqi city of Mosul was captured on June 10 by the armed militias of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, many world leaders were shocked and concerned. Turkey...

Turkey Gives Up on a Unified Iraq - Thomas Seibert, The Daily Beast

With ISIS jihadists reportedly preparing for an attack on the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, there are signs that the Erdogan government in neighboring Turkey is giving up on the surv...

On Being Jewish in Erdogan's Turkey - Elhanan Miller, Times of Israel

Turkey’s public atmosphere is far from favorable for the Jews these days. A recent anti-Semitism survey carried out by the Anti-Defamation League found that 69 percent of Tur...

When Turkey Has Problems, Israel Gets Blame - Schanzer & Tahiroglu, NP

Under Erdogan, Turkey has quietly become a harbour for terrorism finance and other activity that threatens Israel. Most notably, Turkey allowed Iran to process $12-billion in gas-f...

Erdogan's Anti-Semitism Spreading in Turkey - Jikeli & Silay, Haaretz

The pro-Erdogan Islamist newspaper blaming the Jews for Turkey’s mining disaster is just the tip of the iceberg: The Turkish PM’s anti-Semitism is deeply rooted and is now spre...

Turkey's Dickensian Disaster - Mustafa Akyol, New York Times

Mr. Erdogan’s missteps after the disaster explain much of the anger toward him. He visited Soma after the day of the incident and gave a press conference in which he repeated...

Stars Are Aligned for a Solution in Cyprus - Ozdil Nami, National Interest

The Cyprus problem is at a critical juncture as there exists a unique opportunity for its solution. If this opportunity is utilized, a united Cyprus will be the keystone of a wider...

Erdogan Turns Mining Disaster into a Political Disaster - The Guardian

Mr Erdogan, who once upon a time used to have an intuitive grasp of what Turks wanted to hear, demonstrated that he had lost it by giving survivors and grieving relatives a kind of...

Erdogan Loses His Grip - Raniah Salloum, Der Spiegel

This week's mine explosion in Soma, Turkey has killed almost 300 people and galvanized the country. Now Erdogan's insensitive outbursts, and a video of him calling a man an "Israel...

Turkey's Coal Problem - Jenna Krajeski, The New Yorker

Coal is Turkey’s most exploited indigenous source of energy. Since Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (A.K.P.) first came into power, in 2002, it has been a cornerstone o...

Turkey's Tragedy and Erdogan's Thoughtlessness - Bloomberg View

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have his facts right, but he has his century wrong -- and his timing is crass. The most deadly mining accident in Turkish history o...

Will Turkey Defy Europe on Human Rights? - Irish Times

Forty years after Turkey invaded northern Cyprus, and 20 years after Cyprus brought its case to the European Court of Human Rights over the invasion and continuing occupation, the ...

Turkey's Tyrant in the Making - Kenneth Roth, Foreign Policy

If democracy and political Islam can't coexist and thrive in Ankara, is there no hope for the rest of the Middle East?...

He's Made It Worse: Obama's Middle East - Abe Greenwald, Commentary

What have we gotten in return for our more humble posture in the Middle East? The answer, as a case-by-case examination of the most important examples reveals, is this: a new age o...

Erdogan's Armenian Outreach - Henri Barkey, The American Interest

Make no mistake, Erdogan is a masterful and pragmatic politician. He may occasionally miscalculate, but he never plays a card without some calculation of a return....

What Does the West Owe Syria's Refugees? - Diego Cupolo, Toward Freedom

Syria provides a new test for moral and security dilemmas that have faced western nations in the past. While military intervention is not likely to produce better results at the mo...

Get Ready for the Next Decade of Erdogan - Mustafa Akyol, Al Monitor

Last week, Turkish President Abdullah Gul declared to the press, "Under these conditions, I don't have plans for politics." This was widely interpreted as an end to expectations th...

How Turkey Has Changed - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The country that could help lead the Middle East into the 21st century might be gambling their chance on faltering leadership....

Turkey Takes Press Crackdown to New Level - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Alas, all the blind rhetoric of Turkey’s democracy on the part of American politicians—and here a special spotlight should be on the members of the Congressional Turkey Caucus...

Return of the Generals in Turkey - Marcus & Karaveli, National Interest

The Turkish military wasn’t supposed to matter anymore. Over the past three years, many of Turkey’s senior military officers were tried and imprisoned on charges of planning co...

Did Syrian Rebels Gas Civilians? - Seymour Hersh, London Review of Books

As intercepts and other data related to the 21 August attacks were gathered, the intelligence community saw evidence to support its suspicions. ‘We now know it was a covert actio...

The Holes in Seymour Hersh's Syria Story - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Given the industrial scale dissimulation now being exercised by Russian intelligence operatives in Ukraine, it is hard to grasp how anyone with Hersh's experience could publish suc...

Is Turkey Next to Face al-Qaeda Threat? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Over the last couple decades, a pattern has emerged: Governments tolerate if not encourage Islamist extremism, so long as the jihadists, takfiris, radicals, militants, or whateve...

Erdogan's Secret to Success - Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, German Marshall Fund

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won yet another election victory in Monday's municipal elections. While the results saw a five percent decline in support for his Just...

Why Turkey's Erdogan Keeps Winning - Mustafa Akyol, Al Monitor

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to fuse Turkey’s center-right and Islamist-right into one major bloc accepting his explanation of recent political sca...

Erdogan Jumps into the Fire - Henri Barkey, The American Interest

Turkey is in for a rough ride as both sides mobilize for a “war to the end.” Suspicion, fear, and retribution are likely to be the dominant themes of the coming months....

Turkey's No-Win Election Drama - Bessma Momani, Globe and Mail

Choose from among an autocratic regime, a cult and a xenophobic party. These are cartoonish caricatures of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), Gulenist movement and...

Prime Minister Erdogan's Revenge - New York Times

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey got what he wanted from Sunday’s elections for mayors and other local officials — a strong vote of confidence for his Isla...

Erdogan's Ottoman Revival Is Over - Elmira Bayrasli, New York Times

For Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s embattled prime minister, a win in Sunday’s local elections will be a Pyrrhic victory. While his Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P., ...

In Turkey, Challenging West Wins Elections - Howard Eissenstat, Reuters

In the face of this opposition, we could be asking if the prime minister’s actions are rational. Erdogan, however, did not become the most powerful Turkish political leader in mo...

Turkey Must Look Beyond Erdogan - Financial Times

The Premier can no longer return country to moderate path....

Erdogan Embattled on Several Fronts - Irish Times

He is facing continuing fallout from last summer’s youth protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul with a challenge from a new party, the Gezi Party. His trial of strength with a for...

Turkey Goes Out of Control - Chris de Bellaigue, New York Review of Books

The tone of the conflict is unrestrained, and is being set from the top. Erdoğan refuses to utter Gülen’s name in public, but when he talks of “false prophets, seers, and hol...

Why Turkey Banned Twitter - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

While Turkey's press is legally free, it is also controlled. Erdogan's government has imposed billion-dollar fines on media holdings hostile to the government, issued blunt instruc...

Erdogan's Shabby Attempts to Stifle Critics - The Observer

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's abrasive prime minister, made a fool of himself when he tried (and failed) to ban Twitter. Erdogan blames social media for helping to publicise leake...

Twitter Ban? Now Erdogan's Gone Too Far - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been gradually chipping away at every vestige of democracy in that country for years. Independent press outlets...

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted - Richard Wike, The Guardian

World leaders may be cracking down on dissenting voices online – if ever there were a global trend, it’s that the revolution will be tweeted, and then restricted – but resear...

Scandal and Protests Threaten Turkey's AKP - Dan Steinvorth, Der Spiegel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing the most difficult challenge of his premiership. Corruption scandals, a weakening economy and a draining battle with the Güle...

The End of Erdogan - Henri Barkey, The American Interest

Even if his party manages to scrape by in Turkey’s upcoming municipal elections on March 30, Prime Minister Erdogan has already done irreparable harm to his brand....

Why Erdogan Is Inaugurating Taxi Stands - Elcin Poyrazlar, Vocativ

The Turkish prime minister has developed a strange fondness for obscure ribbon-cutting ceremonies, even when they have little to do with his government....

Across Turkey, New Unrest as Teenage Boy Is Buried - Sebnem Arsu, NYT

An enormous outpouring of grief and antigovernment rage during the funeral procession for a teenage boy felled by a police tear-gas canister turned into another mass confrontation ...

No Crimean Wars for Turkey - European Council on Foreign Relations

Though it would wish otherwise, Turkey cannot avoid being implicated in the Crimean crisis. The peninsula's 260,000-strong Tatar population, roughly 15 percent of total Crimean pop...

Why Turkey's Protests Persist - Christian Science Monitor

Turkey's growing middle class took to the streets again on news of the death of a boy injured by police during last year's mass protests. The demonstrations represent a spontaneous...

Turkey's Erdogan Has No Moral Compass - Amberin Zaman, Al Monitor

On March 12, thousands of Turkish citizens poured into the streets of Istanbul to take part in the funeral of Berkin Elvan. The 15-year-old boy with huge dark eyes and an impi...

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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