The Turkey Center of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Joint Center was launched in 2006. The main aim of the Center is to function as a nexus for expertise, knowledge and information on Turkish politics, society, and foreign relations. 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. The Turkey Center aims to fill a vacuum in this regard.
How to Save Turkish Democracy
For Turkish democrats, last spring was supposed to be a moment of triumph. After more than two decades of increasingly autocratic rule, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, appeared poised to […]
A glimpse of Sweden in NATO: Gotland could be a game-changer for Baltic defense
On April 17, a battalion of seven hundred US soldiers rolled over the Swedish border from Norway, marking the start of the largest Swedish military exercise in over twenty-five years. […]
Turkey’s Opposition Can’t Win Without the Working Class
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has a realistic chance of defeating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming presidential election on May 14. […]
Promise And Peril In The Caucasus
America’s national security bureaucracy separates the Caucasus and the Middle East into different bureaus, with Central Asia in yet another office. This is part of the reason the U.S. has […]
If the opposition beats Erdogan, Sweden’s NATO problem is over.
A Social Democrat may put an end to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s twenty-year rule. The other week, Kemal Kilicdaroglu was named as a presidential candidate by one of the two opposition […]
Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.
The issue isn’t what Sweden says or does but what the United States does or fails to do on the ground in Syria that matters for Turkey’s national security interests. […]