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

Reading between the lines of Davutoğlu’s remarks

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with the editors of leading newspapers on Saturday. His remarks to them as they were reported show that he is trying to deflect criticism away from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and underline the need for an atmosphere of political reconciliation in Turkey.

Comment(s) 9/16/2014

Ankara faces difficult choices on ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron want an international coalition that will fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent (ISIL).

Comment(s) 9/11/2014

Ankara goes back to square one

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A popular theme for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Justice and Development Party (AKP) circles generally is to criticize previous governments

Comment(s) 9/9/2014

Erdoğan’s ‘New Turkey’ strives to curb judiciary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Attention in Turkey will now focus on the elections for members of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, which oversees appointments and dismissals and conducts investigations in the judiciary

Comment(s) 9/4/2014

Turkey and the EU need a new start

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Words of commitment are not sufficient. Turkey’s ties with the EU have been seriously lagging and there is the need to reenergize them with concrete steps

Comment(s) 9/2/2014

What will Davutoğlu’s role be as PM?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Ahmet Davutoğlu officially became prime minister on Wednesday. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially becomes president today.

Comment(s) 8/28/2014

Davutoğlu’s promise of ‘restoration’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister designate Ahmet Davutoğlu is promising to continue with what he refers to as the “restoration process” under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Comment(s) 8/26/2014

President Gül’s unhappy departure

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Abdullah Gül’s remarks to journalists during his farewell reception on Tuesday show that his departure is not a happy one for either him or the first lady.

Comment(s) 8/21/2014

Turkey condemned to learning the hard way

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The international credit ratings agency Moody’s said in statement released on Aug. 15 that the election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as president “is unlikely to resolve Turkey’s key economic

Comment(s) 8/20/2014

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