Turkey and the Kurdish Vote for Independence in Iraq

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by Omer Taspinar Recent developments in Iraq, with the Kurdish referendum for independence taking place as scheduled on Monday, put the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan between a rock and a hard place. According to most recent press reports, more… Continue Reading  

Foreign Policy after the Failed Coup: The Rise of Turkish Gaullism

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by Omer Taspinar Western media has an understandable tendency to see Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an incurable Islamist who is determined to overhaul the secularist legacy of Ataturk. Many Western policymakers, analysts, and scholars equate the notion of… Continue Reading  

The Failed Coup and Turkey’s Gulenist Predicament

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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  

The Foreign Policy Implications of Turkey’s Attempted Coup

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by Derek Davison Last Friday night, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup d’état against the civilian government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). The attempt failed completely. In the days since, Erdogan… Continue Reading