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Return of the Generals in Turkey

Marcus & Karaveli, National Interest

Did Syrian Rebels Gas Civilians?

Seymour Hersh, London Review of Books

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and T...

Erdogan's Endless Legitimacy Crisis - Kadri Gursel, Al Monitor

Though Dec. 17, 2013, will go down in history as the day that a "grand corruption and bribery operation" targeting the government was launched, it was also the day that the co...

Libertarian Turkey - Soner Cagaptay, Hurriyet Daily News

A major factor shaping this libertarian trend is the country’s economic transformation over the past decade. Thanks to the sound economic policies of the AKP, Turkish incomes...

Bosphorus: Dangers Hidden in Plain Sight - Stephen Starr, Global Post

Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait is a world-renowned tourist attraction. Every day, thousands of sightseers go through by boat to see the historical and modern architecture on bot...

New Erdogan Scandal Could Be Lethal - Cengiz Candar, Al Monitor

After the evening of Feb. 24, Turkey will never be the same. Around 9:00 p.m., recordings of five telephone conversations appeared on YouTube alleged to be...

Do Turks Want Democracy? - Michael Rubin, Commentary Magazine

Too many enlightened and educated Turks have preferred to keep silent, privately expressing dismay, but publicly keeping quiet. Many Turkish analysts in Washington D.C., whether ou...

Will India Choose Erdogan's Path? - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

Your country, which is large, important and troubled but no longer trapped in poverty, is facing a historic election. On the ballot before you are two choices. The first choice is...

Tunisia a Model for Turkey - Mustafa Akyol, New York Times

Over the past decade, the Turkish government has received much praise for successfully melding Islam and democracy. Today, however, Ankara’s continued reliance on tactics of co...

Turkey, Tear Gas and Internet Lessons - Zeynep Tufekci, Medium

TEAR GAS IS A GOOD TEACHER. It taught me that what they say is true: Awful conditions can bring out the best in people. It taught me that one can get used to almost anything, inclu...

U.S. Needs to Get Real About Turkey - Misztal, Edelman & Abramowitz, TAI

The U.S.-Turkish relationship has come to be defined by a rhetoric of mutual admiration that obscures the tensions created by Ankara’s increasingly sectarian and authoritaria...

Time for Israel to Bury the Hatchet with Turkey - Haaretz

It’s time for Israel to sign an ageement and bring to an end the sorry affair of the Mavi Marmara that ruptured ties with a strategic ally....

Talking Troubled Turkey - Paul Krugman, New York Times

O.K., who ordered that? With everything else going on, the last thing we needed was a new economic crisis in a country already racked by political turmoil. True, the direct global ...

Turkey's Economy and Erdogan's Shame - Bloomberg View

Erdogan said before the central bank’s decision that he remained opposed to raising interest rates and that the bank would be held responsible for any damage done to the country...

Why Turkey's Present Conflict Is So Dangerous - C. de Bellaigue, NYRB

Because the conflict is between insiders, it could unfold more dangerously than Gezi, which had a sadly predictable denouement....

Erdogan for the Win? - Steven Cook, From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a stunningly gifted politician.  He can be thuggish, high-handed, painfully arrogant, but he also seems to have an innate sense of what makes many Turk...

Turkey's Woman in Red Breaks Her Silence - Ceyda Sungur, Radikal

An iconic symbol of Turkey's protests has come forward to tell her story....

The End of Erdogan's Islamization? - Alex Alexiev, National Review

Turkey’s widespread corruption scandal has Erdogan’s party and the Islamists splintering....

Turkey: Pakistan on the Med? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Recent events in Turkey certainly put Turkey in the same category as Pakistan. Indeed, increasingly, it seems that Turkey has become Pakistan on the Med. Early on Tuesday morning...

Elections Don't Matter, Institutions Do - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Institutions, or the lack of them, explain much that has happened in the world in recent decades. Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Central Europe went on to build functio...

Four Elections That Will Shape the Mideast - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Elections, by themselves, don’t decide the future of a country. What they do is allow the electorate to legitimise who they believe has the best vision of the future. The fro...

Another Test for Erdogan - Japan Times

The political and social fissures in Turkey are varied and deep. There is tension between civilian leaders and the military; secularists and supporters of a more Islamic-oriented s...

A Race for More than the Mayor of Istanbul - Tim Arango, New York Times

The capital of Turkey may be Ankara, but the beating heart of the country is Istanbul. Now that a corruption scandal has engulfed the prime minister’s inner circle and imperi...

Erdogan Faces Byzantine Crisis - The Australian

It is a pity Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being so unreasonably uncompromising and heavy-handed over the byzantine corruption scandal threatening to engulf his go...

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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