Erdoğan has to be honest about the peace process

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has often expressed pride over what he says is his brain child, namely the peace process that is meant to solve Turkey’s age old Kurdish problem and end the violence by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Comment(s) 10/21/2014

Erdoğan twangs populist chords again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is not the only one who is careless with his remarks while addressing university students at a sensitive moment in the Middle East.

Comment(s) 10/16/2014

No one is asking for Turkish troops in Syria

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

There seems to be a misunderstanding or an intentional misinterpretation about Turkey’s contribution to efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 10/14/2014

Hankering after ‘Old Turkey’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is becoming increasingly apparent why Turkey before the AKP had an overly cautious approach toward the Middle East, and why it tried to steer a course around regional crises as best it could

Comment(s) 10/9/2014

ISIL wins as ‘partners’ squabble

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

They say there is no smoke without fire. This is the way many people see U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Comment(s) 10/7/2014

Coherent strategy required against ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is inching toward military engagement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 10/2/2014

The way to unblock Turkey’s EU path

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Manuel Barroso, the outgoing head of the European Commission, remains hopeful about Turkish-EU ties even though very little progress has been made in recent years in Ankara’s bid for membership.

Comment(s) 9/30/2014

Erdoğan has to face up to reality first

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It seems that Turkey is finally getting off the fence with regards to confronting the ISIL head-on now that it has secured the release of its hostages held by the group

Comment(s) 9/26/2014

Turkey can’t just sit on the fence on ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The release of the Turkish hostages held by the Islamic Sate of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will continue to be speculated about for some time yet given that the government is being cryptic about the whole matter.

Comment(s) 9/23/2014

ISIL and Turkey’s PKK quandary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has left Turkey facing a series of quandaries. One of these is related to the fact that when faced with ugly choices, the usual thing to do is to opt for the lesser evil.

Comment(s) 9/18/2014

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