The Reconstruction of the Southeast and Turkey’s War in Syria

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by Robert Olson Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on September 4 that Turkey would make a massive investment of $3.4 billion to rehabilitate the heavily Kurdish-populated southeast. The inclusion of substantial economic incentives could push the total package to… Continue Reading  

Will Turkey Re-introduce Death Penalty?

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by Eldar Mamedov At their meeting on July 18 in Brussels, the EU foreign ministers adopted conclusions on the latest developments in Turkey. Beyond the expected condemnation of the coup attempt and exhortations for the government to show restraint toward… Continue Reading  

Where is Turkey Headed?

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by Robert Olson The recent sacking of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, coupled with recently passed parliamentary bills and laws, confirms that Turkey is headed for one-man dictatorial rule. This rule will not be similar to dictators or regimes that have… Continue Reading  

Does Turkey See Its Armenian Minority as a Security Threat?

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by Dorian Jones Members of the small ethnic Armenian community in Turkey are feeling increasingly uneasy. Their wariness is an outgrowth of recent claims by senior officials in Ankara that Kurdish rebels collaborate with Turkish Armenians, as well as the government’s… Continue Reading  

Challenges to Kurdish Nationalism

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by Robert Olson Several times during the last week of April, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)— and its political arm, the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK)—had been defeated and that the state was winning.… Continue Reading