Turkish Government Makes a Strategic Mistake

September 15, 2015

The Justice and Development Party’s nationalist gamble is a mistake in terms of immediate electoral aims and wider strategic goals for Turkey. It has been well-documented that the current Turkish government offensive against the Islamic State (IS) is largely being conducted as a cover for a...

Can Erdogan Live with a European Kidney?

February 24, 2014

With domestic issues at play, Turkey has an eye on the EU. Germany’s new foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who replaced Guido Westerwelle following the 2013 general elections, is famous for having donated one of his kidneys to his wife in 2010. His sacrifice attests a noble devotion...

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

February 02, 2014

Incompatible visions for Turkey’s future are behind the recent spat. The de facto dispute between the Gulen Movement (GM), led by Fethullah Gulen, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved into the public sphere since the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) crisis last...

Turkey’s Corruption Crisis: A Political Probe

January 29, 2014

Turkey’s recent corruption probe is politically motivated. Corruption cases have a devastating impact on political parties. Turkey was recently hit by a corruption probe that shook the country's government. On December 17, 2013, Turkish police detained over 50 people as part of...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

January 23, 2014

The AKP will reassert their authority at the ballot box, but they will feel the heat from the Kurdish vote. Turkey is about to embark on a year and a half of pivotal elections — local elections in March, a presidential election in August, and general elections in June 2015. Whatever the...

The Geopolitical Donut: Turkey and the Iran Deal

December 05, 2013

The Iran deal could be a window of opportunity for Turkey. Amid the hubbub of excited chatter surrounding the initial six-month deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 over Tehran's nuclear program, it is worth casting our minds back to an earlier age. Indeed, May 17, 2010, seems like another...

The Zero Problem Effect: Turkey’s Neoliberal Fear (Part 2/2)

November 17, 2013

Turkey’s reconfigured relations with Syria are part of a broader regional strategy. Under the influence of current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who previously served as an AKP advisor for many years, Turkey began to pursue numerous policies aimed at fostering...

After “Worthy Solitude”: Turkey is Backpedaling on its Foreign Policy

November 01, 2013

Realizing its past mistakes, Turkey could become an easier foreign policy partner. Even the supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are disappointed with the results from Ahmet Davutoglu’s foreign policy. Only 53 percent of AKP voters agree with his Syria...

Turkey: East Meets West or a Third Way?

October 30, 2013

90 years after its foundation, Turkey still has the potential to reconcile the East-West divide. Four days in Istanbul is a revelatory experience for someone used to living in Egypt. No matter how appealing the oft-described East-meets-West hybrid may be as a concept, to realize it is always going...

Beyond Islamism (Part 2/2)

September 27, 2013

Muslim-majority societies are crying out for an intellectual revolution. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Perhaps it is time to review priorities, to shift the paradigm; perhaps it is time for political Islam to cease being intrinsically political. After a century of...

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