The World This Week: Sultan Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey

April 23, 2017

In an age of strong men, the Turkish president has tightened his grip on a profoundly polarized country facing instability and crisis. Like many past weeks, this one was eventful. British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised everyone, including her cabinet, by calling a snap general election....

Turkey’s Referendum Poses Questions For Erdogan

April 21, 2017

In the hour of his triumph, President Erdogan needs his party’s shadow men more than ever. The referendum result in Turkey­ bore an uncanny resemblance to last year’s result in the Brexit vote and will also mirror it in the fallout. Like the British government, the Turkish administration...

Erdogan Wins the President’s Referendum

April 16, 2017

Is Turkey headed for autocracy disguised as a presidential system of democracy, or a new era for society and politics with internal cohesion? The results of the presidential referendum have just been declared in Turkey. As predicted by most pollsters, just over half voted “Yes.” Istanbul,...

The Cyprus Question is On the Table

January 24, 2017

The Treaty of Guarantee has complicated the Cyprus issue and should be scrapped. Since the end of 2016, there has been intense diplomacy over the Cyprus issue. The aim is to reach a new agreement by early 2017. The recent moves are part of a negotiating process that started in February 2014...