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Is Erdoğan’s ‘transformation roadmap’ ready?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One of the key points in President Tayyip Erdoğan’s address to the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 21, after he took back the helm as a result of the April 16 referendum, was his heralding of a “six-month roadmap” for the transformation of Turkey’s political and administrative system.

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The second phase of AKP rule and systemic change in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Five weeks after the April 16 referendum which consolidated executive powers in the president’s hands – while also enabling the president to lead a political party instead of maintain his erstwhile non-partisan status – Tayyip Erdoğan returned to the chair of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) at an extraordinary congress on May 21 in Ankara.

Comment(s) 5/22/2017

Erdoğan starts reshaping Turkey from his party

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan’s vow on May 19 to give more importance to the youth in the party’s administrative positions during the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) extraordinary congress on May 21 is not just a cliché politicians use in public addresses.

Comment(s) 5/20/2017

A Turkish National Day question: Abroad or prison?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Today is May 19, the anniversary of the date when a handful of military and civilian leaders led by general Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) set out for the Black Sea port of Samsun, from Istanbul, in 1919. They were due to launch a war of resistance against armies occupying the last remaining parts of the empire under the fading Ottoman dynasty.

Comment(s) 5/19/2017

Just a comma in Turkish-US ties

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan had two main expectations from his May 16 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Comment(s) 5/18/2017

Will Turkey burn its bridges with the US?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

After U.S. President Donald Trump’s hosting of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in the White House on May 16, it is not realistic to expect relations between Ankara and Washington to either go back to normal overnight or to nosedive and destroy a long-running alliance

Comment(s) 5/17/2017

Trump, Putin, Erdoğan and the Kurdish problem

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Soon after a meeting in Beijing with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference that he would maintain Russia’s contact with the “Kurdish formations” in Syria that are fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DAESH, despite Turkey’s objections.

Comment(s) 5/16/2017

Artists signal a globally accumulating energy

MURAT YETKİN writes:

I first watched them on May 11 as they were performing their art at the entrance to the Arsenale where a number of works are being exhibited or performed at the 57th International Exhibition in Venice, or the Venice Biennale

Comment(s) 5/15/2017

A crucial test for Erdoğan’s choices

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Before departing for China on May 12, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s messages were not focused on China but the United States

Comment(s) 5/13/2017

Stagnation in Turkish foreign policy

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Almost three weeks after Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said he was going to meet U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to the U.S. on May 16-17, the White House officially confirmed on May 10 that the meeting will take place on May 16

Comment(s) 5/12/2017

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