Dark Spring

NURAY MERT writes:

The so-called Arab Spring came to an end wherever it assumed to take place. It ended in Egypt with a military coup and drove Libya into a bloody chaos

Comment(s) 8/14/2017

Even ruling elites cannot define the ‘New Turkey’

NURAY MERT writes:

Opposition circles, or the “other half of Turkey,” are suffering from post-system change trauma. It is not just the end of the parliamentary system and the authoritarian sway that has been sealed after the July 2016 coup attempt and the April 2017 referendum, everybody feels a deeper transformation of the political regime underway.

Comment(s) 8/7/2017

Foreign policy of the new Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

The growing tension between Germany and Turkey is culminating to alarming levels

Comment(s) 7/24/2017

July 15: The new National Day

NURAY MERT writes:

It is the first anniversary of the terrible July 15, 2016, coup attempt, which deserves to be celebrated as the victory of civil politics over such a dark plot and to be considered as a national day.

Comment(s) 7/17/2017

Mr. Ziadeh, Qatar and all the others

NURAY MERT writes:

The New York Times story of a Syrian political opponent, Radwan Ziadeh, who was denied political asylum in the U.S. (June 24-25), says a lot about the evolution of the Syrian affair. Ziadeh was told that “he could not get political asylum in the United States because he organized a conference with Syrian opposition groups – even though the American government has supported members of the same groups in the Syrian civil war,” the NYT reported.

Comment(s) 7/10/2017

War and peace in Turkey

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey’s rulers sound like the country is on the verge of a formal declaration of war against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Comment(s) 7/3/2017

My country, good or bad!

NURAY MERT writes:

I spent the last two weeks mostly in London and then in Vienna for two days. My latest journey only confirmed my resolve to live in my country, good or bad

Comment(s) 6/26/2017

Quixotic Qatar

NURAY MERT writes:

The Qatar crisis is no surprise for those who follow the Middle East closely and know enough about this small country’s curious rise as a regional player.

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

Provoking Turkey will not bring peace

NURAY MERT writes:

Turkey is furious about the United States’ decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria, and rightly so. So far, both the Turkish government’s Syrian and Kurdish policies have been, and still are, full of mistakes and miscalculations.

Comment(s) 6/5/2017

Another disastrous project for the Middle East

NURAY MERT writes:

Another disastrous project with the name “peace” is on its way, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent consequent visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel revealing the pillars of this new policy. The new administration is appealing to the U.S.’s so-called old Sunni allies in search of a rehabilitation of Muslims’ relations with Israel, and the interests and willingness seem mutual.

Comment(s) 5/29/2017

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