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Will Terrorist Attacks in Turkey Come to an E...

54354353452The 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 Missi...

53453454Last year, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (or AKP) 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 Goin...

66544444Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP) 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, I...

4770569t100hc0a7The 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...

34345435435The world is now taking notice of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP) and its policies towards neighbouring Syria and Iraq, as well as its attempt to wrestle with…

The Paris Attacks or the Clash of Civilizatio...

444231221312Following 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 Sunnif...

4534543322In 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 R...

2434234233Now that the Justice and Development Party (or AKP) 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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