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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

Obama tells Erdoğan to stick to his words

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Diplomacy is the business of subtly transmitting your messages. It is always what lies between the lines that matters, not what appears on the surface and at first glance.

Comment(s) 8/14/2014

Erdoğan wins again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan remains “Invictus” (Latin for unconquered or unbeatable). Once again he has come out on top after hotly contested elections, this time for the presidency.

Comment(s) 8/12/2014

Israel and Hamas have both lost

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The Egyptian brokered cease-fire in Gaza may or may not hold, but this is an opportunity to assess who won what as a result of this carnage

Comment(s) 8/7/2014

Erdoğan is not playing cleanly

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

While addressing a large crowd in İzmir the other day, during his campaigning for the presidency, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: “I respect Alevis.

Comment(s) 8/5/2014

President Gül’s hard choices

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Despite having declared a number of months ago that he has no political plans for the future, Gül recently backtracked and said he was willing to continue serving the nation

Comment(s) 7/31/2014

Erdoğan spells it out once again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not holding back in terms of signaling what kind of political system he wants for Turkey with him at the helm.

Comment(s) 7/29/2014

The pendulum swings the other way

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The police officers who raided the houses of ranking military officers, journalists, academicians and activists five years ago as part of the so called “Ergenekon” and “Balyoz” investigations are now themselves on the receiving end.

Comment(s) 7/24/2014

Erdoğan has isolated Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is once again expressing righteous fury at Israel over Gaza and at the United Nations for its inability to do anything.

Comment(s) 7/17/2014

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