Gentrifying failure

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s drift from the Western alliance is going to be very painful, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. As the West has started to perceive Turkey truly as a failing state, the country’s rulers have started to feel freer to express their hostility (past and present) toward the West.

Comment(s) 3/27/2017

Turkey’s grim prospects

NURAY MERT writes:

I do not agree with the many critics of Turkey that the danger facing the country is dictatorial rule.

Comment(s) 3/20/2017

Turkey’s dangerous liaisons

NURAY MERT writes:

I am actually glad that Turkey made up with Russia, since it helps to ease the Syrian tragedy, and because it is a better foreign strategy to seek diplomatic solutions rather than follow the politics of enmity.

Comment(s) 3/13/2017

Barzani’s visit and Turkey’s referendum saga

NURAY MERT writes:

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s visit to Turkey last week created a minor controversy amid Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli’s fury over the KRG flag. Bahçeli described the KRG flag as a “rag” and condemned the raising of “the so-called flag” in Ankara during Barzani’s visit

Comment(s) 3/6/2017

The Kurds and the referendum

NURAY MERT writes:

As we all know, the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) not only silenced the main Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), but also all opposition supporting Kurdish rights and freedoms.

Comment(s) 2/27/2017

Turkey’s dance

NURAY MERT writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar could be seen as a return to the bad old Sunni alliance against Iran in the region.

Comment(s) 2/20/2017

The curious sobriety of Turkey’s Islamists

NURAY MERT writes:

Last week, Russian planes killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 in “friendly fire” on the same day as the new head of the CIA visited Turkey.

Comment(s) 2/13/2017

Merkel, Erdoğan and ‘Islamist Terrorism’

NURAY MERT writes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Turkey further exposed the rift and tension not only between Ankara and Berlin, but also between Turkey and the Western world in general.

Comment(s) 2/6/2017

The shortcomings of the American liberal revolt

NURAY MERT writes:

I have to admit that I have started to appreciate the election victory of Donald Trump. No, mine is not a non-Westerner’s Schadenfreude, although even that might be justifiable. But I could imagine that there are many people in non-Western countries who were happy to see that the Western superpower is not immune to the populist surge and that such developments were not particular to our “backward” countries after all

Comment(s) 1/30/2017

Presidential system as the majority’s aspiration of power in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s transition to some kind of a presidential system has been debated as the establishment of full-scale one-man rule.

Comment(s) 1/23/2017

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