Time for Turkey and Armenia to act

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The commemorations of the “Armenian centenary” will pass, leaving anger on the Turkish side at Pope Francis, the European Parliament, and the German Bundestag for affirming that the Armenian massacres in 1915 were genocide.

Comment(s) 4/23/2015

Erdoğan makes presidential intentions clearer

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

With the elections nearing, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has started to spell out more clearly the kind of presidential system he wants for Turkey.

Comment(s) 4/21/2015

Remembering 1915

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

What happened to the Armenians in 1915, just as the First World War was heating up, is for historians to research and reveal. Much has already been revealed and the general outline of the story is known.

Comment(s) 4/16/2015

Political tension rising in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The stakes have never been so high for Turkey. It is clear that the general elections on June 7 are not going to be just regular elections.

Comment(s) 4/14/2015

What does Erdoğan’s Iran visit tell us?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Diplomats in Ankara appear confused after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Iran on Tuesday.

Comment(s) 4/9/2015

Best June scenario: Erdoğan loses and Davutoğlu wins

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

İlber Ortaylı is Turkey’s renowned professor of history whose main area of expertise is 19th-century Ottoman history, which is when Turks first started experimenting with pluralism and parliamentary democracy.

Comment(s) 4/7/2015

Wise men speak but will anyone listen?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is evident that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is in a strategic bind in terms of foreign policy. Its ambitious plan to cast Turkey in the role of a principal driving force in its region has amounted to little.

Comment(s) 4/2/2015

A vote to save the republic

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pushing harder by the day for a presidential system. He now says the parliamentary system has been put in the ante-room and it is only a presidential system that can save the republic.

Comment(s) 3/31/2015

Erdoğan must tolerate criticism

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

According to a Turkish saying, he (or she) who goes to the hamam must be prepared to sweat. This means that if you are taking on a particular job you must be prepared to put up with its downside.

Comment(s) 3/26/2015

What is Erdoğan trying to do?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınç’s recent criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, even if shrouded in sugary diplomatic language, suggests turbulence ahead in Erdoğan’s relations with the government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Comment(s) 3/24/2015

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