Iraq's Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Apr 28, 2021

On April 14, a Turkish military base in Bashiqa, some 20 kilometers northeast of Mosul in northern Iraq, was a target of a missile strike that killed a Turkish soldier. The attack happened on the same day that an explosives-laden drone targeted Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan Region...

What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?
Apr 06, 2021

What Lies Behind Turkey’s Withdrawal From the Istanbul Convention?

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power
Mar 30, 2021

Turkey Doubles Down on Hard Power

Is Turkey’s Ruling Alliance on the Attack or the Defensive?
Feb 16, 2021

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

Washington’s Sanctions on Turkey Are Another Gift to Putin

Washington’s Sanctions on Turkey Are Another Gift to Putin

Dec 18, 2020

The latest sanctions against Turkey introduced by Washington on December 13 were invoked under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a US federal law that imposes economic sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea. The act came into effect in August 2017. This is the first...

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

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

Dec 09, 2020

An August report by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Turkish occupation of northern Syria did not mince words, testifying that there has been a dramatic increase in killings, kidnappings, unlawful transfers of people and seizures of land and properties by the Turkish military and its...

Why Populists at the Helm Are Bad for the Economy

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

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...

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