From the beginning of the war in Syria, Turkey and Russia have been on opposite sides. Accordingly, the deals Turkey tried to strike with Russia, along with Iran, stemmed from an effort to find a solution to the Syrian debacle without risking ties with its two neighbors. But as we enter the final stages of the war, it is becoming ever-more difficult to reconcile their opposing interests.
Turkish Cyprus’ decision in 2003 to open the border between the North and South to the crossing of the people was one of the most positively innovative and radical moves taken in the history of the divided island.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is always very careful in his criticisms against Russia. His statement on Feb. 12 was certainly an exception.
“Today we are in the midst of a time of wrenching destabilization. We need liberty more than ever, and yet the corridor to liberty is becoming narrower and more treacherous. The danger on the horizon is not ‘just’ the loss of our political freedom, however grim that is in itself; it is also the disintegration of the prosperity and safety that critically depend on liberty. The opposite of the corridor of liberty is the road to ruin.”
For the international community Turkey’s democratic backpedaling lies behind the deterioration of relations between Ankara and the European Union.
A few years ago, if you had come across a Turkish official talking about a strategic ally, you would not need to hear the beginning of the sentence to assume the official is talking about the United States.
A quick overview of U.S.-Turkish relations in 2019 will reveal the consolidation of two trends.
Istanbul’s Kadir Has University revealed last week an opinion poll on social, economic and political trends in Turkey, which they have been doing consecutively for the past 10 years.
Istanbul’s Kadir Has University conducts an opinion public poll each year to determine Turkey’s economic, political and social trends.