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Turkish warning to US may be in vain but right

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In a last-minute effort on May 31, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged the U.S. administration to “row back” from its mistake in Syria and stop arming the militia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the operation to take the town of Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), since the YPG is the Syria extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting Turkey and is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. as well.

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The state of Turkey’s army as revealed by its top general

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Gen. Hulusi Akar, the chief of the Turkish General Staff, finally sent written answers on May 29 to the parliamentary inquiry commission regarding their questions about the foiled military coup on July 15, 2016.

Comment(s) 5/31/2017

Ministers play ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ in Ankara

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In his first move for the new administrative structure in Turkey following the April 16 referendum to consolidate all executive power in presidential hands and allowing the president to lead a political party, President Tayyip Erdoğan made his move and changed some top positions in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 29.

Comment(s) 5/30/2017

We owe radical Islamist militancy to Brzezinski

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who passed away on May 26, 2017 at the age of 89, was one of the U.S.’s most highly praised foreign and security policy gurus of the past half-century

Comment(s) 5/29/2017

Serious problems in Turkey’s image abroad

MURAT YETKİN writes:

There is just one good piece of news regarding Turkish foreign policy nowadays, but there are many bad ones that have stained the outlook on Turkey when evaluated from abroad.

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

EU keeps channels open to Erdoğan, focuses on rights

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The nightmare scenario did not happen. The ties between Turkey and the European Union were not severed as a result of President Tayyip Erdoğan’s discussions in Brussels on May 25 at the NATO summit there.

Comment(s) 5/26/2017

If Erdoğan returns from Brussels with some hope

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s discussions in Brussels on May 25 are likely to be one of the most important series of talks in the last few years regarding Turkey’s relations with the West – particularly Europe – because of their dual nature

Comment(s) 5/25/2017

Prosecutors find Gülenists everywhere except the AKP

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On May 23, prosecutors demanded the arrest of two educators, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on a hunger strike for 76 days for ruining public order with a potential to trigger acts of terror.

Comment(s) 5/24/2017

Is Erdoğan’s ‘transformation roadmap’ ready?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One of the key points in President Tayyip Erdoğan’s address to the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 21, after he took back the helm as a result of the April 16 referendum, was his heralding of a “six-month roadmap” for the transformation of Turkey’s political and administrative system.

Comment(s) 5/23/2017

The second phase of AKP rule and systemic change in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Five weeks after the April 16 referendum which consolidated executive powers in the president’s hands – while also enabling the president to lead a political party instead of maintain his erstwhile non-partisan status – Tayyip Erdoğan returned to the chair of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) at an extraordinary congress on May 21 in Ankara.

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