The blueprint for the ‘New Turkey’

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The blueprint for the New Turkey desired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his followers is taking shape, and the picture is not pretty.

Comment(s) 2/26/2015

The AKP’s public relations disaster

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The evacuation of the Süleyman Şah tomb, and its relocation a hundred meters from the Turkish border, is a public relations disaster for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Comment(s) 2/24/2015

Giving the police a blank check

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in a hurry and wants it passed and implemented as soon as possible. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu insists everything is in order and according to EU criteria. But it looks like the angry debate on the new Internal Security Law the government has drafted and submitted to parliament will not subside any time soon

Comment(s) 2/19/2015

The outrageous murder of Özgecan Aslan

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The attempted rape and brutal murder of 20-year-old university student Özgecan Aslan has infuriated the public, enraging women in particular. This is not surprising since Turkey remains a country where daily violence against women is perpetrated with impunity.

Comment(s) 2/17/2015

What does the future hold for Hakan Fidan?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The decision by Hakan Fidan, Turkey’s former intelligence chief, to run for parliament as a candidate from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has stirred the political cauldron

Comment(s) 2/12/2015

How will Turkey remain governable?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç is a veteran member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who is caught between what reason tells him and what commitment to his party requires.

Comment(s) 2/10/2015

Islam has to put its house in order

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The brutal manner in which Muath al-Kasaesbeh, the Jordanian fighter pilot, was killed should act as a wakeup call for the Islamic world.

Comment(s) 2/5/2015

Does Europe’s future really include Turkey?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was reported saying, in his televised speech to the nation on Saturday, that Europe’s future “will not be written without Turkey.” One assumes he means that Turkey is an essential part of Europe and will remain so.

Comment(s) 2/3/2015

Turkey’s tarnished human rights record

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The report by Hürriyet’s İpek Yezdani yesterday, Jan. 28, shows that Turkey received quite a bit of heat during the U.N.’s “Universal Periodic Review” of its human rights record earlier this week.

Comment(s) 1/29/2015

Prospects for Turkish-Greek ties look good

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The advent of Syriza and its young and energetic leader Alexis Tsipras is good news for Turks of my generation, as it must be for all left-leaning Europeans.

Comment(s) 1/27/2015

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