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Meeting Turkey's New Prime Minister

Joshua Walker, War on the Rocks

The Real Anti-IS Coalition

Verda Ozer, Hurriyet Daily News

IS Looks to Istanbul

Alev Scott & Alexander Christie-Miller, Newsweek

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

Turkey and Qatar: Hamas' BFFs - Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy

It's time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists....

U.S. Accidential Pushing Kurds to Independence - Dov Friedman, TNR

The Kurdistan Regional Government's efforts to export its own oil, against the wishes of the Iraqi and U.S. governments, saw a significant achievement last week: Reuters reported...

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left - Mirren Gidda, Time

Both Qatar — one of the world’s richest states — and Turkey are powerful allies to have, but Hamas might wish for more support given the breadth of the Arab World. It once ...

Will Turkey Midwife Independent Kurdistan? - Cengiz Candar, Al Monitor

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...

Erdogan's Ambition - Irish Times

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 ...

Will Erdogan Be Turkey's Next Ataturk? - Mustafa Akyol, Al Monitor

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...

Why Turkey Now Wants Iraq to Break Up - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

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...

Is Turkey's Partition Inevitable? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

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...

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...

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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