Reality dawns on Erdogan and the AKP

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport is only the latest terrorist atrocity to be committed in Turkey. Our hearts go out to the injured and the families of those killed

Comment(s) 6/30/2016

Why are Poles worried if it was about Turkey?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Now that the referendum is over and the dust is beginning to settle, the true picture of what happened in Britain and the reasons for this are slowly beginning to emerge

Comment(s) 6/28/2016

The real reason why Turkey’s EU membership is ‘unthinkable’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Today Britons will be holding one of the most crucial referenda the EU has seen since its foundation

Comment(s) 6/23/2016

Are we really heading for a fresh start in foreign policy?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey’s “precious loneliness,” a term coined by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s chief foreign policy advisor, İbrahim Kalın, to put a positive spin on Ankara’s growing international isolation under the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has started to weigh heavily on the government

Comment(s) 6/21/2016

Division between Turks and Kurds growing

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is emphatic that there will be no return to the dialogue process with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Comment(s) 6/16/2016

Is the AKP waiting for ‘the pear to drop into its mouth?’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Much excitement was elicited by newly installed Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım when he said, in his first official remarks, that his government’s aim would be “to increase the number of friends Turkey has and reduce the number of its enemies.”

Comment(s) 6/14/2016

Britain nears its “Cavafy moment”

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is the scarecrow for anti-EU campaigners in Britain as the Brexit referendum gets closer. The argument is a simple one: “If we remain in the EU, we will be flooded by 72 million Turks once Turkey becomes a member.”

Comment(s) 6/9/2016

Will Germany’s Armenian resolution have the desired effect?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The rationale provided by German deputies, including those of Turkish origin, for supporting the non-binding parliamentary resolution in the Bundestag that refers to the mass killings of Armenians in 1915 as “genocide,” is that this “will contribute to healing the wound between Turks and Armenians,” and “will also help normalize ties between Turkey and Armenia.”

Comment(s) 6/7/2016

AKP finally acknowledges its foreign policy failures

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is not clear whether Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım was referring to his government or the “Erdoğan administration” when he said, after assuming office, that Turkey’s new foreign policy orientation would be “to increase the number of friends and reduce the number of enemies.”

Comment(s) 6/2/2016

Çavuşoğlu’s call for a ‘pluralistic democracy’ in Syria

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Addressing a meeting of Syrian Turkmen last week, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called for a “real political transition” in Syria towards a “pluralist democracy” based on the “rule of law,” as well as the “freedoms” one generally associates with the democratic system of government

Comment(s) 5/31/2016

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