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

Böhmermann case likely to backfire on Erdoğan

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The offensive poem by German comedian Jan Böhmermann about President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is puerile and asinine. There is a thin line between biting even scathing political humor and downright insults

Comment(s) 4/19/2016

Rapprochement with Israel not imminent, it seems

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

We keep hearing that a Turkish-Israeli rapprochement is just around the corner, and will happen as soon as diplomats work out the final details

Comment(s) 4/14/2016

Why is Preet Bharara so popular in Turkey?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is not every day that a U.S. attorney becomes a public hero for a whole class of people in Turkey, but that is the case with Preet Bharara, who indicted Reza Zarrab

Comment(s) 4/12/2016

Turkey needs a wiser approach to the PKK problem

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is determined to maintain a tough militaristic line against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Comment(s) 4/7/2016

Erdoğan’s US visit highlights Turkey’s isolation

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is not possible to consider President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Washington as a success by any count. The “strategic partnership” between the two countries continues but it is clear that relations are currently very tense

Comment(s) 4/5/2016

Erdoğan’s uncomfortable US visit

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It would come as no surprise to anyone if we were to conjecture that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not one of Washington’s favorite world leaders at present

Comment(s) 3/31/2016

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