Has Erdogan Shattered The Myth of Turkish Exceptionalism?

Ba?bakan Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, AK Parti Geni?letilmi? ?l Ba?kanlar? Toplant?s?'na kat?ld?. Ba?bakan Erdo?an, partilileri ''Rabia'' i?areti yaparak selamlad?. (Evrim Ayd?n - Anadolu Ajans?)

by Shireen Hunter Only a few short years ago, Turkey was still touted as an exception in the Muslim World. Turkey was the country that had successfully managed to blend and synthesize Islam, democracy, modernity, and Turkey’s own traditions. The… Continue Reading  

The United States Needs to Rein in Its Regional Allies

Saudi Arabia

by Shireen T. Hunter The interests of the great powers and their regional allies have seldom totally coincided, and often their interests have diverged in important ways. This was even true during the Cold War era, despite the fact that… Continue Reading  

Not Losing Face in Syria


by Shireen T. Hunter After four years of war, with more than 200,000 dead and several million displaced and refugees, there’s no end in sight to the Syrian crisis. On the contrary, the risks have increased that the West’s differences… Continue Reading  

The Roots of the Current Refugee Crisis

Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 4 September 2015.

by Shireen Hunter Discussions surrounding Europe’s most recent migration crisis have been framed largely in ethical and humanitarian terms. The most frequently asked questions have been about how Europe can live up to its own humanitarian values and accept as… Continue Reading  

What’s Really behind Khamenei’s Recent Anti-US Statements?


by Shireen Hunter       Last week Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Iran will not allow the United States to try reestablishing its influence in Iran. Taken together with the statement of the hardline managing editor… Continue Reading