Turkey

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

A Black Sea Drift into Isolationism

Dominique Moisi, Les Echos

The Kurdish Miracle in Kobani

Malcolm Harris, Talking Points Memo

How Turkish Corruption Could Kill

Michael Rubin, Commentary

Turkey Helping Russia Instead of NATO

Michael Rubin, Commentary

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

The impact of Ottoman cultural revival is seen in the increasing popularity of male belly dancers in Turkey....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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....

Erdogan and Barzani Spin Press on Kobani - Michael Rubin, AEIdeas

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga have now transited Turkey and are on their way into Kobane, the Syrian Kurdish canton currently under siege by the Islamic State (ISIS). The New York Times,...

Whose Side Is Turkey On? - Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books

Turkey’s volte face was the latest in a series of miscalculations it had made about developments in Syria since the first uprising against Assad in 2011....

The Kurds' Lonely Fight Against ISIS - Ralf Hoppe et al., Der Spiegel

The terrorist group PKK represents the West's last hope in the fight against Islamic State. Their lonely resistance to the advancing jihadists will result in lasting changes to the...

Tunisia, the Model Middle East State - Mustafa Akyol, Hurriyet Daily News

Tunisia, the North African country that initiated the “Arab Spring” in 2011, continues to be the only democratic success story in the Arab world....

Turkey's Contempt for NATO Principles - Seth Cropsey, RealClearWorld

Alliances - or alliance members - that cannot agree on ultimate objectives are in trouble. NATO member Turkey and the rest of the Atlantic alliance once agreed on basic principles:...

What Kobani Means, and What It Doesn't - Mark Thompson, Time

The Kurdish struggle to hold on to Syrian border town isn't all good news....

There Should Be a U.S. Base in Kurdistan - J. Foreman, Weekly Standard

it is time for America’s planners to consider breaking with tradition and setting up new bases in countries that are likely to remain reliable allies—even if they are n...

The Middle East's Loss of Sovereignty - Juan Cole, Informed Comment

In global law since the Peace of Westphalia, states are supposed to rule specific territories and to be inviolable in those territories. Max Weber, writing in the early 20th centur...

The Cryptic Motives Driving the anti-ISIS Coalition - Daily Star

The Syrian regime said Wednesday it too was providing assistance to the Kurds, joining a motley crew of Iranians, the U.S., Gulf countries and many European nations....

Obama's Successful Push of Turkey - Bloomberg

In air-dropping weapons to the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Kobani this week, President Barack Obama has applied the pressure needed to get Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...

Who Does Turkey Really Support in Kobani? - Christoph Reuter, Der Spiegel

Just a few kilometers away from the Turkish border, the war is raging. In the Kurdish city of Kobani, US jets bomb Islamic State positions while the town's last defenders, equipped...

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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