Time to face up to Kobane

VERDA ÖZER writes:

The resistance in Kobane and the following protests on Oct. 6-7 in Turkey have confronted us with the weaknesses of the peace process in Turkey, as well as the new reality in the region.

Comment(s) 11/1/2014

‘We are ready for normalization with Israel’

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“We are ready for normalization with Israel,” said a top official in Ankara who I met this week. My question had been: Is Turkey considering normalizing its relations with Israel and Egypt, which are the only countries offering stability in the region other than Iran?

Comment(s) 10/25/2014

A conversation with the deputy prime minister

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Last week we all got worried that developments in Kobane would put the peace process in Turkey in jeopardy.

Comment(s) 10/18/2014

From the anti-ISIL motion to the March 1 motion

VERDA ÖZER writes:

On Oct. 2, the Turkish Parliament voted for a motion authorizing the government to deploy troops abroad and allow the deployment of foreign military forces.

Comment(s) 10/11/2014

Intra-coalition problems

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Since the formation of the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the main topic in Turkey has been focused on what the country will provide for the coalition.

Comment(s) 10/4/2014

Kurdish peace process at breaking point

VERDA ÖZER writes:

ISIL's attack has brought Turkey to a critical breaking point with the Kurds, although it did open its border to Syrian Kurds last weekend. What is breaking down and what are the implications?

Comment(s) 9/27/2014

The Turkey-ISIL relationship

VERDA ÖZER writes:

There have been extensive allegations lately regarding the relationship between Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Comment(s) 9/20/2014

The real coalition versus the fictional coalition

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Since the foundation of a “core coalition” including Turkey was announced at the NATO Summit last week, we are all wondering what this “coalition” means, what its mission will be and what is expected from Turkey.

Comment(s) 9/13/2014

Coalition of the unwilling

VERDA ÖZER writes:

“Choose your enemies carefully, but be less picky about your allies.” This was the title of a piece published by the Financial Times three days ago, which reflects exactly where we all stand today.

Comment(s) 9/6/2014

Everything about ISIL

VERDA ÖZER writes:

Most of the convictions on the ISIL have proven to be false so far, which has urged the West and regional powers to revisit their strategies toward Iraq and Syria

Comment(s) 8/30/2014

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