Hankering after a primitive past

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s penchant for controversy has no bounds. He is now on record arguing that it is unnatural to consider men and women as equals.

Comment(s) 11/27/2014

Shame on the Edirne governor

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Edirne Gov. Dursun Şahin created a stir with remarks that have not only angered Turkey’s citizens of Jewish origin, but also Turks with a conscience.

Comment(s) 11/25/2014

Why are Turks xenophobic?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turks love to mount their high horses and wax moral about xenophobia toward the Turks and Islamophobia toward Muslims in general in the West.

Comment(s) 11/20/2014

The challenge facing Davutoğlu

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu made some important remarks to senior Turkish reporters and editors accompanying him at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane.

Comment(s) 11/18/2014

Ankara needs a reality check

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

There are currently some important developments happening in the Middle East. The U.S. is in contact with Iran over their common enemy, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 11/13/2014

Will Davutoğlu save our parliamentary system?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It’s not clear whether it is the “Erdoğan administration” or the “Davutoğlu government” that is running Turkey these days.

Comment(s) 11/11/2014

We don’t need outsiders to divide us

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Seeing the country divided has always been an elemental fear in Turkey. Myths about 'outside powers which are out to divide us' have always abounded in our political and social lore

Comment(s) 11/6/2014

Who might drag Turkey into war?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is adamant that Turkey will not send troops into Kobani, or anywhere else in Syria, to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 11/4/2014

Despondency marks ‘Republic Day’ for many

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The 91st anniversary of our republic was marked this year with a sense of despondency among Turks who believe in a secular democracy based on tried and tested European values that have become the universal benchmarks of advanced societies in the contemporary world.

Comment(s) 10/30/2014

Hope springs from Tunisia again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The results of the elections in Tunisia on Sunday, Oct. 26 have significance for Turkey in particular, and for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in general. The reason is self-evident.

Comment(s) 10/28/2014

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