A vote to save the republic

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pushing harder by the day for a presidential system. He now says the parliamentary system has been put in the ante-room and it is only a presidential system that can save the republic.

Comment(s) 3/31/2015

Erdoğan must tolerate criticism

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

According to a Turkish saying, he (or she) who goes to the hamam must be prepared to sweat. This means that if you are taking on a particular job you must be prepared to put up with its downside.

Comment(s) 3/26/2015

What is Erdoğan trying to do?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınç’s recent criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, even if shrouded in sugary diplomatic language, suggests turbulence ahead in Erdoğan’s relations with the government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Comment(s) 3/24/2015

A costly lesson for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A new set of circumstances is developing in the Middle East. This has always been the nature of international relations. Yesterday’s enemies can find common ground while former friends can fall out. Intentions are all very well but it is always reality that drives successful foreign policies

Comment(s) 3/19/2015

As Gül disappears into the mist…

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It’s a matter of preference whether one describes former president Abdullah Gül as walking into the sunset or disappearing into the mist. He has spelled out that he has no political plans for the future; In other words, he will not run in the June elections.

Comment(s) 3/17/2015

Government backs Başçı against Erdoğan

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a very clever man. If this were not the case, he would not be where he is today. He therefore knows the relationship between cause and effect.

Comment(s) 3/12/2015

Turkey’s war of perceptions

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Members and supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) continually repeat the claim that there is what they call a “perception operation” against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Comment(s) 3/10/2015

Netanyahu’s address to the US Congress

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Sensible people everywhere must be hoping that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails in his odd mission.

Comment(s) 3/5/2015

Too early yet to talk of a historic moment

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

No one in their right mind can oppose the attempt to end the 30-year war with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and to solve Turkey’s long standing Kurdish problem through negotiations.

Comment(s) 3/3/2015

The blueprint for the ‘New Turkey’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The blueprint for the New Turkey desired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his followers is taking shape, and the picture is not pretty.

Comment(s) 2/26/2015

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