Turkey’s recurring nightmare

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is moving backwards again with regards to its Kurdish problem. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is twanging nationalist chords and saying it is not possible to go on with the Kurdish peace process.

Comment(s) 7/30/2015

What is the AKP playing at?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

If the AKP's calculation, for the sake of domestic political gains, is to end the Kurdish peace process and declare wholesale war on the PKK under the cover of joining the U.S.-led war against ISIL, this could leave Turkey in a worse situation than it is in today.

Comment(s) 7/28/2015

A dreadful wakeup call for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The attack in Suruç is a dreadful wakeup call for Turkey. It’s a shame that this call comes at the expense of so many lives, most of them young people - 24 of which were university students

Comment(s) 7/23/2015

Erdoğan must show the country comes first

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The second round of coalition talks will be held this week. All the signs are that it will either be a partnership between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) or early elections

Comment(s) 7/21/2015

Iran deal highlights Turkey’s ‘precious loneliness’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Why the deal worked out for Iran’s nuclear program in May 2010 by Turkey and Brazil was rejected by the U.S., and why the current deal worked out between the P5+1 group of nations and Iran is being celebrated as a major breakthrough for the world will remain a matter of academic discussion.

Comment(s) 7/16/2015

Has Erdoğan decided to act presidentially?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

As matters stand there is very little evidence to show that Erdoğan has done his level best, since coming to power, to ensure that national unity is maintained, despite strong feelings across the religious/secular divide.

Comment(s) 7/14/2015

What’s behind Erdoğan’s delaying tactics?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Opposition parties are justifiably wondering why President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not yet called Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (at least when this piece was being written) to ask him to try to form a coalition government.

Comment(s) 7/9/2015

A Greek tragedy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

By standing up to the powers that rule the EU, little Greece has provided us with a David and Goliath story.

Comment(s) 7/7/2015

Turkey could have helped Greece

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The suggestion by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü that Turkey should underwrite 1.6 billion euros of Greece’s debt in order to prevent it from defaulting to the IMF, was not the flight of fancy that some may think.

Comment(s) 7/2/2015

Turkey must talk to the Syrian Kurds

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is not easy to understand the contention in the pro-government media – meaning that portion of the media which acts as a mouthpiece for President Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) – that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, and its military wing, the Peoples Defense Unit (YPG), are more dangerous than ISIL

Comment(s) 6/30/2015

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