Despondency marks ‘Republic Day’ for many

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The 91st anniversary of our republic was marked this year with a sense of despondency among Turks who believe in a secular democracy based on tried and tested European values that have become the universal benchmarks of advanced societies in the contemporary world.

Comment(s) 10/30/2014

Hope springs from Tunisia again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The results of the elections in Tunisia on Sunday, Oct. 26 have significance for Turkey in particular, and for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in general. The reason is self-evident.

Comment(s) 10/28/2014

What will it take for Ankara to wake up?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Again we see that Ankara is bedeviled by events just across its border, which it can’t control or prevent because of the futile way the government is trying to impose its conflicting agenda on developments that have their own dynamics.

Comment(s) 10/23/2014

Erdoğan has to be honest about the peace process

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has often expressed pride over what he says is his brain child, namely the peace process that is meant to solve Turkey’s age old Kurdish problem and end the violence by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Comment(s) 10/21/2014

Erdoğan twangs populist chords again

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is not the only one who is careless with his remarks while addressing university students at a sensitive moment in the Middle East.

Comment(s) 10/16/2014

No one is asking for Turkish troops in Syria

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

There seems to be a misunderstanding or an intentional misinterpretation about Turkey’s contribution to efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 10/14/2014

Hankering after ‘Old Turkey’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is becoming increasingly apparent why Turkey before the AKP had an overly cautious approach toward the Middle East, and why it tried to steer a course around regional crises as best it could

Comment(s) 10/9/2014

ISIL wins as ‘partners’ squabble

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

They say there is no smoke without fire. This is the way many people see U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks that angered President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Comment(s) 10/7/2014

Coherent strategy required against ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is inching toward military engagement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 10/2/2014

The way to unblock Turkey’s EU path

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Manuel Barroso, the outgoing head of the European Commission, remains hopeful about Turkish-EU ties even though very little progress has been made in recent years in Ankara’s bid for membership.

Comment(s) 9/30/2014

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