Destroying Turkey’s Promise


by Graham E. Fuller Nearly all the indicators coming out of Turkey continue to be bad—for Turkey and for nearly everybody else. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be the only one profiting from the ongoing dark course of events.… Continue Reading  

The Failed Coup and Turkey’s Gulenist Predicament


by Omer Taspinar Now that the dust is settling in Turkey, the magnitude of the damage to what is left of Turkish democracy is becoming clearer. As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strangely admitted on the night of July 15… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Election Results Seem to Validate Erdogan’s Authoritarianism


by Derek Davison After a campaign involving a corruption investigation and nation-wide bans on social media, and an election day marred by deadly violence, Sunday’s municipal elections in Turkey resulted in what appears to have been a clear victory for… Continue Reading  

Iran-Turkey Relations Heading into a Tough Year

Brazilian FM Amorim Iranian President Ahmadinejad, Brazilian President da Silva, Turkish PM Erdogan and Turkey's FM Davutoglu hold their hands as sign of unity during signing agreement ceremony in Tehran

Since the advent of the Syrian Revolution and tightening transatlantic sanctions against Iran in 2011, Tehran and Ankara have had a particularly tough time maintaining a facade of mutual amity and cooperation. Last December, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hastily cancelled a… Continue Reading  

P5+1: Ready To Engage Iran, Not Pursue Brazil-Turkey Fuel Swap Deal

In a statement issued Wednesday after a meeting with foreign ministers from the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the U.S.), the European Union’s top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, announced that the world’s major powers “seek an early negotiated… Continue Reading