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The Economist’s dilemma

The Economist’s dilemma

In an article titled “Erdogan’s Dilemma” published on Nov 18th 2013, The Economist claims that if he wants to keep power, he will have to change the AK party’s rules to let him stand for a fourth term as prime ...

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Why France Sank an Iran Nuke Deal

Why France Sank an Iran Nuke Deal

France’s sabotage of a compromise agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is a textbook case of how the new Saudi-Israel alliance can disrupt President Barack Obama’s strategy for resolving Middle East disputes through diplomacy, not war. Over the summer, Saudi officials ...

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U.S., Turkey Still Split on Syria

U.S., Turkey Still Split on Syria

Syria has become Turkish prime minister Erdogan’s albatross. It also continues to undermine American-Turkish relations. After sitting on the fence for two years, President Obama has crossed off military options, and focuses on pushing the various sides to the negotiating ...

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Things are Getting Serious in Turkey: Is a Military Coup out of the Question?

Things are Getting Serious in Turkey: Is a Military Coup out of the Question?

Not too long ago, the answer to the question above would be: “Yes, a military takeover, of the kind frequently experienced in Turkey in the past, is no longer an option.” This would be the answer, not only because the ...

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Erdogan Is Quietly Wooing America’s Enemies

Erdogan Is Quietly Wooing America’s Enemies

Turkey is looking around for new allies – and that is not good news for America. Although Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long been essential to President Barack Obama’s strategy in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, and ...

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Turkey in Disarray

Turkey in Disarray

Three years ago, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his country were soaring. The Turkish economy was booming and a model for growth and expansion. Erdogan, spurned by the EU for membership, was looking east. Never modest, he saw himself as ...

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From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy

From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy

According to the Bipartisan Policy Center: The Middle East remains a major foreign policy challenge for the United States, despite attempts to pivot away from it. A cooperative and strong Turkey could be an important partner in helping rebuild the Middle ...

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What trees tell us about Turkey’s future

What trees tell us about Turkey’s future

Four months ago demonstrations about trees in Istanbul’s Gezi Park grew into mass protests against the rule of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now trees – or, put another way, the polarised politics of big development projects – have sprouted ...

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Turkey’s Gradual Revolution

Turkey’s Gradual Revolution

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced his latest package of democratic reforms, ultra-nationalist groups accused him of betraying the values of the republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, while Kurdish nationalists expressed frustration at the package’s perceived inadequacy. ...

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Turkey’s Lost Illusions

Turkey’s Lost Illusions

“Day by day, Europe is moving further away from Turkey,” Egemen Bağış, Turkey’s Minister for European Union Affairs, declared last week. But the reverse is equally true: With a mixture of disillusion and defiance, Turkey has been distancing itself from ...

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