Is Erdoğan as neutral as he claims to be?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Faced with increasing criticism that he is violating the constitution – which requires him to remain above party politics – and that he is actively campaigning on behalf of the ruling AKP, President Erdoğan is claiming now that he is neutral and remains at an equal distance toward all political parties.

Comment(s) 5/26/2015

Erdoğan’s dwindling presidential hopes

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The general elections are fast approaching. Many are wondering whether the political scene in Turkey will experience a change that may not relegate the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to the backseat

Comment(s) 5/21/2015

Turkey remains a reactive regional power

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), indicates that the jihadi group is far from being a spent force yet

Comment(s) 5/19/2015

So who authorized Davutoğlu’s Gülen visit?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s 2013 visit to Pennsylvania to see Fethullah Gülen, the self-exiled Turkish preacher, is turning into an amusing “whodunit?” mystery.

Comment(s) 5/14/2015

Nothing new on the Syrian front

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The Syrian question has become part of the domestic political agenda prior to the elections.

Comment(s) 5/12/2015

Huffing and puffing at the Russian bear

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A friend, who has been a resident of Moscow for years, believes that trying to maintain relations with Russia is like going to bed with a bear - an analogy that is particularly apt in this case

Comment(s) 5/7/2015

Erdoğan’s doubletalk on the Kurdish issue

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is continuing to campaign on behalf of the ruling AKP, even though the constitution says he should be above party politics and maintain an equal distance from all political parties

Comment(s) 5/5/2015

Turkey should heed the Turkish Cypriots

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and certain members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are proving once again they are only democrats unto themselves. Erdoğan always underlines the fact that he is the people’s choice, having been elected democratically

Comment(s) 4/30/2015

The AKP’s diplomacy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is a country fond of setting negative records like having the largest number of journalists in prison, being one of the champions in violence against women, or being the country that has tried to close down You Tube or Twitter the most.

Comment(s) 4/28/2015

Time for Turkey and Armenia to act

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The commemorations of the “Armenian centenary” will pass, leaving anger on the Turkish side at Pope Francis, the European Parliament, and the German Bundestag for affirming that the Armenian massacres in 1915 were genocide.

Comment(s) 4/23/2015

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