Paranoia and vengeance rule the roost in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey faces increasingly difficult times, and matters are set to get worse before they get better. This is not scaremongering but an assessment based on objective events - based on what is taking place in this deeply and dangerously divided country.

Comment(s) 6/20/2017

Is the Turkish judiciary really blind?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Visitors to the Greek Island of Kos will have noted a building from Roman times, facing Hippocrates’ famous plane tree and the Ottoman-era Ghazi Hasan Pasha Mosque. It bears the Latin inscription “Legum Servi Sumus” which means “We are slaves to the law.”

Comment(s) 6/13/2017

The dismal failure of Turkey’s public diplomacy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is doubtful that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards feel even an inkling of remorse over the recent public relations disaster they caused for Turkey.

Comment(s) 5/30/2017

Little progress expected from Erdoğan-Trump talks

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be at the White House on May 16 for his long-awaited face-to-face talks with President Donald Trump. All the signs are that this will not be an easy conversation

Comment(s) 5/16/2017

What did Erdoğan really get from Putin?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pleased with the results of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi last week. After his talks with Erdoğan, Putin announced that relations between the two countries “had been totally repaired.”

Comment(s) 5/9/2017

Erdoğan raises the stakes in Syria

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Unable to change the course of events in Syria, where he is increasingly up against the U.S. and Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided on a high-stake disruptive game aimed at trying to secure Turkey’s interests

Comment(s) 5/2/2017

Ankara should stop beating around the bush

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey has been saying for months that if the EU does not honor its commitment to lift the visa requirement for Turks, as agreed under the deal on illegal migration early last year, then it will default on its commitments under this deal

Comment(s) 4/25/2017

Referendum highlights deep divisions in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A victory may be a victory by any other name, but one can’t help wonder whether this was the “victory” that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım were hoping for.

Comment(s) 4/18/2017

Turks in Europe will bear the brunt

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s anger at Europe appears to have no limits. He says Europeans are “going mad” over the fact that Turkey is making great strides and voices his belief that it is Europe that is today’s “sick man.”

Comment(s) 4/11/2017

Turkey has abandoned diplomacy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Angry statements from Ankara being flung in all directions, but mostly at the West, show that Turkey has abandoned diplomacy in international affairs.

Comment(s) 4/4/2017

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