Coherent strategy required against ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is inching toward military engagement with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 10/2/2014

The way to unblock Turkey’s EU path

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Manuel Barroso, the outgoing head of the European Commission, remains hopeful about Turkish-EU ties even though very little progress has been made in recent years in Ankara’s bid for membership.

Comment(s) 9/30/2014

Erdoğan has to face up to reality first

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It seems that Turkey is finally getting off the fence with regards to confronting the ISIL head-on now that it has secured the release of its hostages held by the group

Comment(s) 9/26/2014

Turkey can’t just sit on the fence on ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The release of the Turkish hostages held by the Islamic Sate of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will continue to be speculated about for some time yet given that the government is being cryptic about the whole matter.

Comment(s) 9/23/2014

ISIL and Turkey’s PKK quandary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has left Turkey facing a series of quandaries. One of these is related to the fact that when faced with ugly choices, the usual thing to do is to opt for the lesser evil.

Comment(s) 9/18/2014

Reading between the lines of Davutoğlu’s remarks

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with the editors of leading newspapers on Saturday. His remarks to them as they were reported show that he is trying to deflect criticism away from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and underline the need for an atmosphere of political reconciliation in Turkey.

Comment(s) 9/16/2014

Ankara faces difficult choices on ISIL

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron want an international coalition that will fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent (ISIL).

Comment(s) 9/11/2014

Ankara goes back to square one

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A popular theme for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Justice and Development Party (AKP) circles generally is to criticize previous governments

Comment(s) 9/9/2014

Erdoğan’s ‘New Turkey’ strives to curb judiciary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Attention in Turkey will now focus on the elections for members of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, which oversees appointments and dismissals and conducts investigations in the judiciary

Comment(s) 9/4/2014

Turkey and the EU need a new start

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Words of commitment are not sufficient. Turkey’s ties with the EU have been seriously lagging and there is the need to reenergize them with concrete steps

Comment(s) 9/2/2014

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