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Using the democratic system to undermine democracy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is adamant that the president to be elected by the people for the first time on Aug. 10 will be an executive one.

Comment(s) 4/22/2014

Turkey needs to return to active neutrality

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Developments in Ukraine have pushed the Syrian crisis to the background much to the satisfaction of the Syrian regime

Comment(s) 4/17/2014

The Dec 17 scandal is far from over

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

During an address to the German Foreign Policy Institute in Berlin in early February, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said

Comment(s) 4/15/2014

Will it really be Gül’s choice in the end?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

All eyes are on President Abdullah Gül and the choice he will make concerning the presidential elections to be held in August.

Comment(s) 4/10/2014

Can Turkey remain 'anchored to the West' under Erdoğan?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Reading Cansu Çamlıbel’s interview with US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone in Monday’s HDN, it was not difficult to cut through his diplomatically phrased remarks and discern the annoyance felt in Washington for PM Erdoğan

Comment(s) 4/8/2014

Who will provide truly democratic leadership for Turkey?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s success in the local elections, despite the anti-democratic steps he has been taking to guard his government against corruption charges

Comment(s) 4/3/2014

Erdoğan’s war is set to continue

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The local elections were not expected to produce a major surprise and they did not. Many hoped for a surprise outcome of course, but most opinion polls indicated this was unlikely.

Comment(s) 4/1/2014

Turkey’s “Quo Vadis?” moment

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

This is my last piece before Sunday’s March 30 local elections. Normally it would not have made any difference whatsoever.

Comment(s) 3/27/2014

We have to thank Mr. Erdoğan

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Erdoğan’s international reputation is at rock bottom. Even Washington is indirectly likening him to Hitler by equating his Twitter ban

Comment(s) 3/25/2014

Gül’s remarks undermine Erdoğan’s position

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trying to convince everyone that last summer’s Gezi Park protests and the corruption scandal that broke on Dec. 17, 2013

Comment(s) 3/20/2014

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