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Will Terrorist Attacks in Turkey Come to an End?


The January 12 suicide attack in Istanbul momentarily focused the world’s attention on Istanbul and Turkey. In its aftermath though, questions concerning Turkey’s policies towards the Islamic State, on the one hand, and towards the country’s…

Turkey’s Praetorian Guard and its Mission


Last year, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw took steps towards converting the Republic of Turkey into a just another typical Middle-Eastern “Mukhabarat state,” a state where official intelligence services are busy…

Turks, Saudis & Kurds: What’s Going on?


Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw is at the moment involved in a quasi-civil war in the south-east of the country, ostensibly pitting Turks against Kurds. But behind the scenes, I would argue that the country’s rulers are trying…

Turkey at War: Flexing its Military Muscle, Imposing Curfews and Destroying Campsites


The Republic of Turkey has traditionally been a country possessing a large army yet unwilling to become directly…

A Sultanate of Kitsch: The Gezi Park Protests, Islamic Revival and Ottoman Nostalgia


The world is now taking notice of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw and its policies towards neighbouring Syria and Iraq, as well as its attempt to wrestle with…

The Paris Attacks or the Clash of Civilizations


Following last January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks France and the whole of Western Europe has been on edge, fearing new Islamist terror attacks. Now that the end of the year is nearing a whole swathe of terror attacks is rocking the world anew, from…

Putin, Tayyip Erdogan and the Issue of Sunnification: A Duel of Words


In the aftermath of the Turkish downing of a Russian jet, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdoğan engaged in a tit-for-tat battle of words about Turkey and its policy aims and goals. Last week, in…

Escalating the New Cold War: Turkey downs a Russian Jet


Now that the Justice and Development Party (or AKPDahJTkfw is back in power, Turkey is all but continuing its tenuous Syria policy aimed at causing the downfall of the Assad regime and arguably establishing a friendly…

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