Russia remains inviolable for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Astute daily Hürriyet columnist Deniz Zeyrek wondered in a recent column whether Russia is inviolable for Turkey. He listed the things that Ankara should be blasting Moscow for but is not.

Comment(s) 3/28/2017

A Salah for Turkish-European ties

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The “Salah” is an Islamic prayer that is also used also to announce a death. It can be roughly translated as a “death knell” when used in this context. A Salah is clearly being said today for Turkey-EU ties. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says Turkey has never been this far from EU membership.

Comment(s) 3/21/2017

Turkey raises the stakes but can it win?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Speculation has it that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte needs to stem the flow of votes to far-right leader Geert Wilders in the upcoming elections, and this is why he is presently behaving the way he is with Turkey

Comment(s) 3/14/2017

Can a new system really solve Turkey’s problems?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is promising that terror from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) will end if the referendum on April 16 makes President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the sole leader of Turkey

Comment(s) 3/7/2017

Ankara’s dilemmas in Syria and Iraq

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Statements from Ankara regarding developments in Syria suggest that things are moving in a direction that Turkey wants.

Comment(s) 2/21/2017

The playing field is not level

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, and Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the right wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have kicked off their “yes” campaigns for the referendum on constitutional changes to be held on April 16

Comment(s) 2/14/2017

Why ‘Team Erdoğan’ is rooting for Trump

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

U.S. President Donald Trump’s unbelievable antics are being watched with disbelief around the world. The wish of fiercely anti-American Turks for Trump to win the elections so that he could cause chaos in his country seems to be coming true.

Comment(s) 2/7/2017

Turkey’s judicial chaos provides expected results

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Greece’s refusal to extradite Turkish soldiers accused of being involved in the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt has angered Ankara, which is now pouring scorn on Athens. A sounding out of retired Turkish ambassadors shows, however, that the reason for this refusal lies more in Ankara than Athens.

Comment(s) 1/31/2017

Proposed system of government causes anxiety

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Parliament has delivered what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants. He is much closer to becoming Turkey’s all-powerful president under a system “unique to Turkey” – to use his words. He says this will be an even more democratic Turkey because it will be based on the will of the nation, which will elect its leader directly.

Comment(s) 1/24/2017

Is Turkey still pursuing an Islamist foreign policy?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remain Islamist at heart. This is more apparent today in Turkey’s domestic rather than its foreign policy though. In its foreign policy, there is a clear shift toward pragmatism.

Comment(s) 1/17/2017

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