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Turkey’s response to the Kurdish referendum

NURAY MERT writes:

Ankara may be right to be alarmed by the northern Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) call for referendum, as it could herald a radical change along Turkey’s southern border.

Comment(s) 9/25/2017

It is beyond politics

NURAY MERT writes:

What has been happening in Turkey recently is no longer a matter of political criticism and disagreement, it is now simply a matter of despair and sorrow.

Comment(s) 9/18/2017

Macron on ‘coolness’

NURAY MERT writes:

I am among those who think that being a French - or any other country’s – president is not “cool” at all. It can only be the dream of extremely ambitious men and women who dare to waste their whole lives on power; and that is not cool at all.

Comment(s) 9/4/2017

European Forum Alpbach

NURAY MERT writes:

I just spent a week in the Austrian town Alpbach, participating in a panel discussion and then as co-chair of the seminar on Turkey. My co-chair was Dr. Cengiz Gunay, whose contribution and cooperation was a gift.

Comment(s) 8/28/2017

Dark Spring

NURAY MERT writes:

The so-called Arab Spring came to an end wherever it assumed to take place. It ended in Egypt with a military coup and drove Libya into a bloody chaos

Comment(s) 8/14/2017

Even ruling elites cannot define the ‘New Turkey’

NURAY MERT writes:

Opposition circles, or the “other half of Turkey,” are suffering from post-system change trauma. It is not just the end of the parliamentary system and the authoritarian sway that has been sealed after the July 2016 coup attempt and the April 2017 referendum, everybody feels a deeper transformation of the political regime underway.

Comment(s) 8/7/2017

Foreign policy of the new Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

The growing tension between Germany and Turkey is culminating to alarming levels

Comment(s) 7/24/2017

July 15: The new National Day

NURAY MERT writes:

It is the first anniversary of the terrible July 15, 2016, coup attempt, which deserves to be celebrated as the victory of civil politics over such a dark plot and to be considered as a national day.

Comment(s) 7/17/2017

Mr. Ziadeh, Qatar and all the others

NURAY MERT writes:

The New York Times story of a Syrian political opponent, Radwan Ziadeh, who was denied political asylum in the U.S. (June 24-25), says a lot about the evolution of the Syrian affair. Ziadeh was told that “he could not get political asylum in the United States because he organized a conference with Syrian opposition groups – even though the American government has supported members of the same groups in the Syrian civil war,” the NYT reported.

Comment(s) 7/10/2017

War and peace in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s rulers sound like the country is on the verge of a formal declaration of war against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Comment(s) 7/3/2017

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