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...

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia
Feb 01, 2021

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?
Jan 18, 2021

Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics
Jan 14, 2021

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

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...

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

What Makes Women Such Easy Targets for Violence?

Dec 11, 2020

Last year, a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 around the world, more than half — 50,000 — were murdered by intimate partners or family members, mostly in their homes. According to official...

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...

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Around the World, Femicide Is on the Rise

Dec 07, 2020

The remains of Pinar Gültekin were found in the woodlands in Turkey’s Mugla province on July 21. The 27-year-old economics student was strangled to death in a fit of rage by her ex-boyfriend, who then burned her body. One of many tragic and preventable deaths, Gültekin’s murder sparked...

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

25 Years On, The Dayton Peace Agreement Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Nov 20, 2020

Throughout Danis Tanovic’s Oscar-winning film “No Man’s Land,” a viewer waits distressingly for the bouncing mine to explode below the body of Cera, an injured Bosnian soldier lying in a trench. The last moments of this antiwar satire do not capture a real ending for the story — or...

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

For Libya, Peace Remains Unlikely

Nov 12, 2020

A recent ceasefire agreement and ongoing political reconciliation negotiations between Libya’s warring factions have significantly de-escalated tensions. A flurry of diplomatic engagement, with significant international support, has raised hopes that the Libyan conflict is about to enter a new...

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...

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