Category: NİHAT ALİ ÖZCAN
The recent rise in the number of Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, attacks is making the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government very angry, which is striving to manage the process, especially in order to decrease the speed of terrorist acts and reduce their negative impact. So far the prime minister has made several attempts, two of which are interesting because of their interrelated yet contrasting nature.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“I am no longer surprised by the surprise capacity of the Turkish prime minister,” said an observer of Turkey who is based in Brussels.
Category: NURAY MERT
The aphorism “Peace at home, peace in the world” is often cited to summarize Kemalist foreign policy and suggests a “quietist policy.” In fact, early republican foreign policy meant denouncing the Ottoman past and the troubles of World War I and much has changed since then.
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
The theater where Tuesday’s terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of three innocent people and wounded 15, happened is only 200 meters from the compound that holds the Prime Ministry, the Justice Ministry and the Education Ministry as well as a number of other state offices.
Category: GÜVEN SAK
TRT, Turkey’s public broadcaster, launched its Arabic-language station about a year ago. This was supposed to be the landmark for Turkey’s return to the region. What a return! Prime Minister Erdoğan has started his tour of North Africa right after the Arab Spring. He was disembarking the plane. All Turkish channels were broadcasting the event live. I switched to TRT-Arabic. I was just curious.
Category: MELİHA BENLİ ALTUNIŞIK
Turkey’s policy toward the Arab uprisings has clearly evolved since the start of the uprising in Tunisia at the beginning of the year. The current three-country visit of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is just a clear reflection of that evolution.
Tension between Turkey and Israel is continuing with conflicting interpretations of events, as well as doses of verbal warfare. It is remarkable that the debate is so structured as to provoke sensitivities and deepen fears on both sides. While the source of traditional fears and anxieties in Israel is the Palestinian question, Turkey’s source of anxiety is the Armenian question and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Although Turkey’s approach toward the Palestinian question is well-k
No doubt, throughout this week, all eyes will be on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s four-day trip to Arab Spring countries and messages he will convey to the Muslim world as well as to Israel.
The rising tension between Turkey and Israel is not the only a problem of confrontational regional relations, but it may also have serious implications on domestic politics.
Category: KADRİ GÜRSEL
We, in fact, are discussing neither about Israel nor about Gaza but about Turkey. Israel and Gaza constitute not the subject but the object of the discussion.
Category: İLHAN TANIR
Gamal Abdel Nasser’s remarkable string of successes propelled him to dominate Arab world throughout the 1950s thanks to the power of long-distance audio broadcasting, as well as the spread of affordable transistor radios, says Eugene Rogan in his notable “The Arabs.”
In the 1990s the eastern Mediterranean region was characterized by balance-of-power politics. The end of bipolar competition had induced competition among regional powers. Turkey, for instance, developed its strategic thinking on the region then.
September is a critical month for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When the U.N. General Assembly convenes in mid-September for its annual meeting, the Palestinians will ask the assembly to vote on a resolution to recognize Palestinian statehood.
Category: TAYLAN BİLGİÇ
Explaining regime change with oil may be “so 2003,” but on Libya and considering the “party line” being fed in the global media, it is compelling to assume the role of the annoying mnemonic.
Category: SONER ÇAĞAPTAY
The resignation of Turkey’s top military brass July 29 was a momentous shift, aligning the military with the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, government that came to power in 2002.
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