Ankara’s dilemmas in Syria and Iraq

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Statements from Ankara regarding developments in Syria suggest that things are moving in a direction that Turkey wants.

Comment(s) 2/21/2017

The playing field is not level

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, and Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the right wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have kicked off their “yes” campaigns for the referendum on constitutional changes to be held on April 16

Comment(s) 2/14/2017

Why ‘Team Erdoğan’ is rooting for Trump

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

U.S. President Donald Trump’s unbelievable antics are being watched with disbelief around the world. The wish of fiercely anti-American Turks for Trump to win the elections so that he could cause chaos in his country seems to be coming true.

Comment(s) 2/7/2017

Turkey’s judicial chaos provides expected results

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Greece’s refusal to extradite Turkish soldiers accused of being involved in the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt has angered Ankara, which is now pouring scorn on Athens. A sounding out of retired Turkish ambassadors shows, however, that the reason for this refusal lies more in Ankara than Athens.

Comment(s) 1/31/2017

Proposed system of government causes anxiety

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Parliament has delivered what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants. He is much closer to becoming Turkey’s all-powerful president under a system “unique to Turkey” – to use his words. He says this will be an even more democratic Turkey because it will be based on the will of the nation, which will elect its leader directly.

Comment(s) 1/24/2017

Is Turkey still pursuing an Islamist foreign policy?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remain Islamist at heart. This is more apparent today in Turkey’s domestic rather than its foreign policy though. In its foreign policy, there is a clear shift toward pragmatism.

Comment(s) 1/17/2017

Delusional expectations from Turkey’s new constitution

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is facing ever-increasing political, economic, social and security problems that are very real, and which require rational approaches that factor in the interests of the country as a whole.

Comment(s) 1/10/2017

Reina attack spotlights Turkey’s need to combat hatred

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is dreadful to have one’s worst predictions for the incoming year confirmed so quickly and in such an inhumane manner. However, one does not need the ability to predict the future to understand why this is happening to us; nothing comes from a void.

Comment(s) 1/3/2017

No grounds for optimism as we ready for 2017

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

We are leaving what has been one of the worst years for Turkey in recent history.

Comment(s) 12/29/2016

Situation in Syria getting tougher for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey feels it has been deserted by its allies in Syria and left alone in its efforts to dislodge the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from the town of al-Bab near the Turkish border.

Comment(s) 12/27/2016

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