Category: BURAK BEKDİL
The optimists were optimistic that former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s forced de-parture in May and his replacement with the pragmatic Binali Yıldırım would recalibrate Turkey’s Sunni Islamist-based foreign (and domestic) policy.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan clearly hoped for a new direction in foreign policy when he fired Ahmet Davutoğlu and replaced him with Binali Yıldırım as Prime Minister.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
“The Americans will always do the right thing, after they’ve exhausted all the alternatives.”
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East’ by Christopher Phillips (Yale University Press, $30, 320 pages)
Turkey is its own worst enemy when it comes to public diplomacy.
Category: AHU ÖZYURT
There is a growing trend in the pro-Justice and Development Party (AK Party) media in Turkey against Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy
The Eid al-Adha (Feat of the Sacrifice) bayram holiday should be a period of amity, sharing and rejoicing. It is hard to say this year’s bayram is such
Selami Altınok, who was serving as undersecretary at the interior ministry, takes over the role of Turkish police chief
The first passenger plane in 13 months has landed at Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport in Hakkari, following a long hiatus due to clashes between the Turkish state and the outlawed PKK
President Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters on Sept. 6 while flying back from the G20 Summit in China that U.S. President Barack Obama had suggested “doing something together” in Syria, especially regarding Raqqa, the stronghold of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
Turkey’s prolonged “Davutoğlu moment,” which was based on a misplaced confidence in Turkey’s international strength and role, and driven by a tangibly Islamist orientation, ended in May with the dismissal of the former prime minister
A number of military officers who had already been arrested over the bloody coup attempt of July 15 have also been subject to an investigation over the illegal recording of a secret March 2014 meeting on Syria in the office of then-Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, which was leaked to the media and triggered a major scandal, ranking security sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.
A total of 27 militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in operations in the Çukurca district of the southeastern province of Hakkari on Sept. 2, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has announced, as fierce clashes with militants continue in southeastern provinces
Three former top Turkish diplomats, including former presidential adviser Gürcan Balık, were arrested on Aug. 27 on charges related to the recent failed coup attempt.
Category: AHMET HAKAN
He was Ahmet Davutoğlu. He had written a book on this topic. He was a professor of international relations. In one go, he could count all the villages in Syria… He once thought no bird would be able to fly in the Middle East without his knowledge. He would get on his plane and visit venues of crises.
Category: KANAT ATKAYA
It was exactly four years ago, in August 2012, and Turkey’s foreign minister at the time, Ahmet Davutoğlu, was answering the questions of journalists İsmet Berkan and Cengiz Çandar on a live show on broadcaster NTV
A third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul was opened on Aug. 26 with a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and other top officials
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
“I cannot tell you how popular we felt in Europe until 2010. In the past, we would have to encourage people to come listen to Turkish presidents or prime ministers
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Recently, during a discussion on an international news channel I asked the other participants about what would happen if Turkey attacked the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD)
On June 7, 2015 Turks went to the ballot boxes and deprived the ruling party, the Justice and Development (AKP), of its parliamentary majority for the first time since it came to power in November 2002
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