Is Turkey’s Ruling Alliance on the Attack or the Defensive?

Feb 16, 2021

Since January 4, Istanbul’s prestigious and politically liberal Bogazici University has been gripped by student unrest. The protests were initially provoked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to appoint a member of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) as rector. The...

Washington’s Sanctions on Turkey Are Another Gift to Putin
Dec 18, 2020

Washington’s Sanctions on Turkey Are Another Gift to Putin

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis
Dec 09, 2020

Turkey Must Be Held Accountable for Its Abuse of Syria’s Yazidis

Why Populists at the Helm Are Bad for the Economy
Nov 05, 2020

Why Populists at the Helm Are Bad for the Economy

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

Oct 27, 2020

In France, Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 near Paris. He was a history teacher who had shown caricatures of Prophet Muhammad to his students in a lesson on freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. Paty’s killer, Abdullakh Anzorov, is an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. He arrived in...

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

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

Oct 19, 2020

In an interview for a new book from Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, US President Donald Trump says: “I get along very well with Erdogan, even though you’re not supposed to because everyone says, ‘What a horrible guy.’” A lot is revealed in that statement. The key lies in the...

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

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

Oct 15, 2020

Recent rumblings portend a grim new episode for Syria’s Idlib province. Stretching along the northwestern border with Turkey, Idlib became the last redoubt of forces that oppose President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, namely Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the National Liberation Front,  when...

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...

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