• The Real Enemy Within Turkey

    AARON STEIN Erdogan launched an intervention against ISIS in Syria, while gutting his own government's ability to confront the problem at home. On the hot evening of August 20 in Gaziantep, Turkey, a still-unidentified person wearing an explosive vest laced with ball bearings navigated a series

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  • Turkey’s almost coup and the need for perspective

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quick to quell the attempted military coup on July 15 and to accuse the Gülen movement of being responsible. This accusation has since dominated the news on the coup. Even Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it was speculated that

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  • Erdogan’s new sultanate

    Under Recep Tayip Erdogan and his AK party, Turkey has become richer and more confident. But the party’s iron grip is becoming counterproductive, says Max Rodenbeck. SEEN IN SILHOUETTE from a commuter ferry bustling across the Bosporus, parts of Istanbul seem to have changed little from

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  • AKP moderate declared ‘traitor’

    Mustafa Akyol On the evening of Jan. 29, the now retired politician Bulent Arinc, the longtime deputy prime minister and parliament speaker of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), appeared on a CNNTurk talk show with remarks that sent shock waves through Turkish politics. He spoke on various

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  • The AKP and Turkey’s Long Tradition of Islamo-Fascism

    By Toni Alaranta (vol. 8, no. 3 of the Turkey Analyst)  Those who claim that democracy in Turkey has been handicapped because of the repressive “Kemalist” regime overlook that the conservative right has totally dominated Turkish politics. It is the traditions of the Turkish right that need

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  • Turkey, where social networks are regime’s new guard dogs

    Turkey’s iron-hand ruler Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been enjoying an incontestable power which gradually converts itself to an autocratic regime. The roots of AKP’s unshakable reign are widely debated; it could be the traditional rural Turkish

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  • Erdogan’s Turkey corp.

    Emre DELIVELI In a speech in the western province of Balıkesir on March 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made yet another controversial remark by stating that he wanted to run Turkey like a corporation. Even loyal readers might think that as an economist, I would be pleased with this

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