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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We celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Turkish Republic Day

We celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Turkish Republic Day

On October 29, 1923, the newly recognized Turkish parliament proclaimed the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, formally marking the end of the Ottoman Empire. On the same day, Mustafa Kemal, who led the Turkish National War of Liberation and ...

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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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Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates

Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates

From the start of Syria’s civil war, rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have had no better ally than Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has effectively kept Turkey’s border with Syria open, allowing fighters a haven in the south ...

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Goat Droppings and Real Democracy

Goat Droppings and Real Democracy

“Goat droppings” is the polite translation for a graphic Turkish expression that describes something insipid: The idea is that goat pellets are relatively inoffensive, lacking the quality of real dung. The phrase is the perfect epithet for a package of ...

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UK police charge 2 with terrorism offenses

UK police charge 2 with terrorism offenses

British police say two men arrested last week for terrorism offenses have been charged. Police said Sunday night that two 25-year-old men were charged with various terrorism offenses. Their names were not released. Both are scheduled to appear in court ...

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Turkey dismisses report it exposed Mossad spy ring in Iran

Turkey dismisses report it exposed Mossad spy ring in Iran

Claim that Ankara deliberately blew cover of Israeli assets ‘is designed to discredit us,’ says FM Davutoglu Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday dismissed allegations that Turkey last year deliberately exposed to the Iranian authorities a group of up ...

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Turkey blows Israel’s cover for Iranian spy ring

Turkey blows Israel’s cover for Iranian spy ring

The Turkish-Israeli relationship became so poisonous early last year that the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to have disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey ...

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