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Political stability in Turkey as remote as ever

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Even the most avid supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are confused over the manner in which Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was ousted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and replaced by a much more subservient name

Comment(s) 5/24/2016

One up for the Crimean Tatars!

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

This year’s Eurovision song contest in Stockholm proved that proxy wars are not just fought on battlefields

Comment(s) 5/19/2016

Turkey, the West’s ‘bothersome ally’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is featuring prominently in the European media these days

Comment(s) 5/17/2016

Foreign policy under Erdoğan: What will change?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The question many people are asking now that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has effectively been ousted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is what the new direction in Turkey’s foreign policy will be, if indeed there is a new direction

Comment(s) 5/12/2016

Erdoğan’s move unlikely to bring stability

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is confronted with a unique situation that it has never had to face before

Comment(s) 5/10/2016

The pitfalls of Turkey’s ‘honorable foreign policy’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Normally the right thing to do for a government that is confronted with multiple threats is to put the national interests first, and the ruling party’s political interests second, especially in the foreign policy domain

Comment(s) 5/5/2016

Erdoğan-Davutoğlu rift seems only a matter of time

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

There is a lot of talk about a rift between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Comment(s) 5/3/2016

Perhaps we should thank the speaker!

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman has understandably caused outrage among modern Turks by suggesting the new Turkish constitution should be stripped of all references to secularism and be based on religious values instead

Comment(s) 4/28/2016

The silver lining in the Ergenekon ruling

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The overturning by Turkey’s top court of appeal of the so-called “Ergenekon coup plot trial,” which was initiated in 2007 and lasted until 2011, is being hailed as one of the most significant legal developments in recent Turkish history

Comment(s) 4/26/2016

Is Turkey’s second honeymoon with the EU failing?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Coming back from the Turkey-EU Summit in Brussels in March, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced that he and his team had carried out strong “Kayseri bartering” and gained what they wanted from the EU in return for an agreement on refugees

Comment(s) 4/21/2016

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