Turkey and the Middle East
Geopolitical developments in the Middle East and the Black Sea region, Turkey’s relations with the European Union, and the political evolution of Turkey – from being an experiment in democratic politics in a Muslim society to an increasingly authoritarian regime – all make Turkey a crucial country to both Europe and the United States, as well as to the region in which it is located. However, Turkey is generally treated peripherally within academic as well as bureaucratic institutions – on the edge of either Europe or Asia – but it is seldom taken as a focal point.
Living on Different Planets: Washington, Ankara and the Zarrab Case
Reza Zarrab’s testimony in early December to a New York court was hardly helpful in breaking the impasse in Turkish-American relations. By implicating Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly in […]
Turkey and the West: How Bad is it?
The U.S. suspension of visa services in Turkey is an indication of the depth of the fissures between the West and Turkey. While Turkish bureaucrats are trying to maintain functioning relations with the West, there are growing calls in Washington, Ankara and Berlin to redefine Turkey policy. Is Turkey headed for an incremental divorce with the West?
Sounds, Silences and Turkey’s Crumbling Core
Since the failed coup of July 2016, Turkey’s spiralling descent ever deeper into authoritarianism has been characterized by arbitrary arrests and widespread abuses of even the draconian powers afforded the […]
Iran’s Azerbaijan Question in Evolution: Identity, Society, and Regional Security
Executive Summary Iranian Azerbaijanis have historically been considered the country’s most loyal ethno-linguistic minority. Predominantly Shiite, with religion being the most important source of collective identity, Turkophone Azerbaijanis had until […]
Das türkische Puzzle
Wenn der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan zum G-20-Gipfel in Hamburg eintrifft ist er wahrscheinlich angespannt. Immerhin verwehrt Deutschland seinen Leibwächtern die Einreise (sie waren kürzlich in Washington in eine […]
Engulfed in the Gulf: Erdoğan and the Qatar Crisis
The Gulf crisis over Qatar is once again catapulting Turkey into the politics of the Middle East, for which it is woefully unprepared. After a brief attempt at neutrality, Ankara […]