Why Populists at the Helm Are Bad for the Economy

Nov 05, 2020

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a man on a mission. The goal: to make Turkey great again. Making Turkey great again, I guess, means wiping history clean of a series of humiliations, from the ignominious decline of the Ottoman Empire, dismissed as the “sick man upon the Bosporus” in the late 1800s, to...

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees
Oct 27, 2020

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

What Would a Biden Victory Spell for US-Turkish Relations?
Oct 19, 2020

What Would a Biden Victory Spell for US-Turkish Relations?

Will Idlib Be the Final Move on Syria’s Chessboard?
Oct 15, 2020

Will Idlib Be the Final Move on Syria’s Chessboard?

What Turkey Stands to Gain From Its Natural Gas Discovery

What Turkey Stands to Gain From Its Natural Gas Discovery

Oct 02, 2020

Turkey's first natural gas discovery was undoubtedly breaking news. As the world focused its attention on the escalation between Ankara and Athens in the eastern Mediterranean over natural resources and maritime borders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement on August 21 that marked...

As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise

As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise

Sep 29, 2020

The horrific experience of World War II compelled European leaders to establish a supranational organization that is now the European Union, which, if successful, would create among its members, especially between Germany and France, an unbreakable bond, preventing the otherwise "savage...

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Sep 01, 2020

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement on August 21 that Turkey had discovered some 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea has exposed the acutely divided domestic political environment in the country. Whereas the pro-Erdogan camp hailed the development as an...

Turkey Takes on the UAE in Palestine

Turkey Takes on the UAE in Palestine

Aug 25, 2020

The news that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering suspending ties with the UAE over its deal to recognize Israel reinforces the battle lines of the Middle East. The announcement nevertheless comes as little surprise. The Palestinian cause seems destined to be eternally used by...

The Political Implications of the Hagia Sophia Reconversion

The Political Implications of the Hagia Sophia Reconversion

Jul 20, 2020

On July 10, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree reconverting the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, thus realizing a long-cherished dream of conservative currents in Turkish society. Originally built as a cathedral by the Romans, the Hagia Sophia functioned as Istanbul’s main mosque...

Why Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again Is Good News

Why Making Hagia Sophia a Mosque Again Is Good News

Jul 14, 2020

The reaction to the decision by Turkish authorities to turn Hagia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque has been illuminating. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of playing religious politics. If so, he is not alone. When Pope Francis describes himself as “pained” by the news...

Is Turkey About to Become a Drone Superpower?

Is Turkey About to Become a Drone Superpower?

May 05, 2020

Wars and armed conflicts change the course of history and drive technological progress. This is particularly true when it comes to the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their combat use. Following 9/11 and Washington’s declaration of war on international terrorism, reliance on...

In an Era of Strongman Politics, Turkey Is Hard to Call

In an Era of Strongman Politics, Turkey Is Hard to Call

Apr 15, 2020

We are told we live in an era of strongmen. The narrative also runs that these strongmen stick together. From the cozy relationship between China and Russia at the UN Security Council — led by Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin — to the mutual support of the likes of Saudi Crown Prince...

Vladimir Putin Is the Dominant Force in Syria

Vladimir Putin Is the Dominant Force in Syria

Apr 09, 2020

A month on from the deal signed between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a truce remains in place in Idlib, the last rebel redoubt in Syria. The deal allowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was notably not involved in the negotiations, to...

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

Mar 03, 2020

Recent developments in Turkish politics have left many baffled. More and more Kurdish parents in southeast Turkey are now rising up against the secessionist the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its political wing, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to reclaim their children the PKK...

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