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The Kurdish dilemma

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It seems that Kurdish-origin voters are going to play an important role in Turkey’s upcoming referendum for a shift to an executive presidential system, while the Kurdish problem is also gaining importance in efforts to find a lasting peace in Syria.

Comment(s) 2/1/2017

Why is Trump not talking Syria with Erdoğan?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

According to a statement from the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Jan. 29 and convinced him on a project to establish safe zones in Syria and Yemen, two countries on Trump’s controversial recent ban list

Comment(s) 1/31/2017

Consider Trump before it’s too late, Mr. Erdoğan

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One of the main problems of the U.S. administration up until a few weeks ago was the rise of anti-Americanism all over the world.

Comment(s) 1/30/2017

The Syria safe zone may not be as Turkey wanted

MURAT YETKİN writes:

As soon as U.S. President Donald Trump said he was considering the formation of safe zones for Syrians trying to escape the six-year-old civil war, there was a reaction from Russia.

Comment(s) 1/27/2017

Good news and bad news from Trump to Erdoğan

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has been staging a quick tour of Africa covering three countries in four days.

Comment(s) 1/26/2017

A big problem in the Turkish referendum

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Main opposition social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılılçdaroğlu on Jan. 24 paid a visit to the monument in memory of journalist Uğur Mumcu on the 24th anniversary of the latter’s assassination.

Comment(s) 1/25/2017

Turkey eases detention rules thanks to European anchor

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish government has eased certain stringent state of emergency (SoE) rules ahead of a crucial vote in the Council of Europe demanding an urgent debate on the “functioning of democratic institutions” in Turkey.

Comment(s) 1/24/2017

Turkey anxiously waiting for Trump’s call on Syria and Israel

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The uncertainties about the U.S.’s new Middle East policy under Donald Trump have been straining nerves in Ankara, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan made public on Jan. 22 before heading his visit to three Africa countries.

Comment(s) 1/23/2017

What will Trump do in Syria as his first test?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In the first days of Donald Trump era, the U.S. will have to deal with the Syria crisis as its first foreign policy problem, as it looks like it will be joining the Astana talks on Jan. 23.

Comment(s) 1/21/2017

A strong right-wing alliance on its way in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

I was recently having an informal chat with an important name from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) together with a number of colleagues.

Comment(s) 1/20/2017

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