How likely is secular democracy in the Middle East?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, a former Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry who is Turkey’s new “point man” at the U.N., believes the Middle East has to move toward a secular and democratic future.

Comment(s) 10/25/2016

Why is Erdogan pushing for a role in Mosul?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan definitely wants Turkey to be part of the Mosul operation and has the support of nationalists and Islamists alike.

Comment(s) 10/20/2016

If only the international media didn’t exist…

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It’s the same old story over and over again. If things are not going well in Turkey, then it must be outside forces who are behind this and who are also orchestrating an evil campaign against the country in the international media.

Comment(s) 10/18/2016

Is Turkey moving towards regional isolation again?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan clearly hoped for a new direction in foreign policy when he fired Ahmet Davutoğlu and replaced him with Binali Yıldırım as Prime Minister.

Comment(s) 10/13/2016

A divided country can’t cope with these threats

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The security situation in Turkey is getting progressively worse. Yesterday we marked the first anniversary of the worse terrorist atrocity in Turkey since the founding of the republic.

Comment(s) 10/11/2016

The war against ISIL gets real for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Operation Euphrates Shield, the code name for Turkey’s military operation in Northern Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), started well on Aug. 24 with minimal loss of life among Turkish soldiers and their Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies.

Comment(s) 10/6/2016

Why is Erdoğan hitting at Turkey’s founding generation?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey today is in desperate need of unity and calm. The failed coup attempt on July 15 came at a time when political tension was already high.

Comment(s) 10/4/2016

Boris wins Turkish hearts and minds

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The visit by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Ankara was bound to be one of the most difficult in his career.

Comment(s) 9/29/2016

Junking Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Everyone agrees that if the coup attempt on July 15 had succeeded, Turkey’s economy would have gone into a tailspin.

Comment(s) 9/27/2016

The dumbing down of Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

“And, Oh God, please protect us from the wickedness of the educated!”

Comment(s) 9/22/2016

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