March 25, 2017

Tag Archives: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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The Deep State

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The influence of the “deep state” must be minimized, otherwise the State cannot provide services, administer justice, maintain law and order and bring about economic prosperity that our people desperately need, writes Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

Will Pakistanis Resist a Coup the Turkish Way?

Turkish community demonstrating in London following a failed coup in Turkey. (Photo by Gordon, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan’s ruling elite fantasizes that Pakistani public, like in Turkey, will flood the streets in case of a military coup. But can the political realities of the two countries be really compared? Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan Gets His Majority — at a Terrible Price

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To reverse his fortune at the polls, Erdogan reignited Turkey’s war with the Kurds, stood silent while mobs attacked his opponents, and unilaterally altered the constitutional role of his office. Read More »

Pakistanization of Turkey

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It will be interesting tosee if the Syrian crisis affects Turkey the way the Afghan crisis impacted Pakistan. Read More »

Empowering Kurdistan

A girl in the crowds at an HDP meeting calling for peace, justice and reconciliation, Istanbul, May 2015. (Photo by Julia Buzaud, Creative Commons License)

What made a Kurdish victory possible in Turkey’s recent elections – and what does the future hold? Read More »

Turkey’s Strategic Miscalculation in Middle East

Turkish army's tanks take position along the country's  border with Syria. (Photo from videostream)

The 2011 Arab revolutions hugely effected Turkey's orientation towards the Middle East. Its foreign policy moved from a diplomatic, non-interference policy to an interventionist, revisionist one, even imperialist to some people. In terms of policymaking, Turkey resembled the US, relying on its military might to shape the direction of its foreign relations. But now it risks losing all its gains achieved in the last decade. Read More »

Pope Francis: Back to the Middle East

Pope Francis (L) and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims, ending Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey. (Photo by Selahattin Sevi, via Today's Zaman)

Pope Francis is desperately attempting to preserve Christianity as a viable faith in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He realizes that it is vital that he and Christians have the support of the Turkish government and its Islamist president in this endeavor. Read More »

What Next in Turkey After Erdoğan’s Election?

Where will Turkey head under Erdoğan’s presidency remains a big question. (Photo by Brookings Institution, Creative Commons License)

The big question now is to where will Turkey head under Erdoğan’s presidency? But one thing is very known and clear though. Despite the clause in the Constitution that says the president will be “non-partisan,” President Erdoğan will keep on guiding his party, and formulating its policies. Read More »

A U.S. Shift Away from Israel?

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U.S. civil society is more critical of Israeli actions in Palestine than ever. When will the U.S. government catch up? Read More »

A New Normal for Iraqi Kurds?

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Taking advantage of the power vacuum left by the flight of the Iraqi security forces from Mosul and its environs, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent its peshmerga fighters into large swathes of northern Iraq, most notably Kirkuk and its oilfields. These gains have given the KRG new forms of leverage with Baghdad in negotiating Kurdish nationalist demands. They also have triggered expectations of Kurdish statehood among the Kurdish population of Iraq, a long-sought goal that could be bankrolled by large-scale, independent Kurdish oil exports. Read More »