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AKP’s Syrian priorities remain confused

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The report by McClatchy, the U.S. publishing company, alleging that Turkish intelligence tipped off the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, and led to the recent routing by the group of opposition forces trained in Turkey by the U.S., has seriously ruffled Ankara’s feathers

Comment(s) 8/27/2015

It’s easier to break than make something

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s plans for keeping opposition parties out of government and driving Turkey to an early election appear to be working.

Comment(s) 8/25/2015

Why are the Patriots being pulled back?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

We know the official explanations by the U.S. and Germany for pulling out their Patriot missile batteries from Turkey.

Comment(s) 8/20/2015

Erdoğan is driving Turkey into a hole

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inability to accept the results of the election on June 7 is driving Turkey into a hole it will be difficult to get out of.

Comment(s) 8/18/2015

Turkey is paying a high price for Erdoğan’s ambitions

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey has entered a tailspin. The longer the current bloody standoff between the security forces and the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) continues, the harder it is going to be to get back to any semblance of peace and normality.

Comment(s) 8/13/2015

Political ambitions appear set to trump rational choices again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

By the time you read this, it should be a little clearer if Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is going to go for a coalition government that will reinstate a semblance of stability in the country – in other words, opt for the rational course – or decide on an irrational government formula with the ultra-nationalist Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)

Comment(s) 8/11/2015

Davutoğlu’s multi-dimensional quandary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is facing quandaries on multiple fronts as he tries to figure out the best coalition formula that will serve the interests of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). His choices are limited though

Comment(s) 8/6/2015

The AKP’s half-truths

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Justice and Development Party (AKP) executives often refer to a domestic and international “perception operation” aimed at sullying the good name of Turkey in order to undermine President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP.

Comment(s) 8/4/2015

Turkey’s recurring nightmare

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is moving backwards again with regards to its Kurdish problem. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is twanging nationalist chords and saying it is not possible to go on with the Kurdish peace process.

Comment(s) 7/30/2015

What is the AKP playing at?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

If the AKP's calculation, for the sake of domestic political gains, is to end the Kurdish peace process and declare wholesale war on the PKK under the cover of joining the U.S.-led war against ISIL, this could leave Turkey in a worse situation than it is in today.

Comment(s) 7/28/2015

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