The Politics of the Turkish-Saudi Clash

by Eldar Mamedov As Saudi Arabia improvises cover-ups of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a dedicated group of pundits goes into an overdrive trying to minimize the blow to Saudi Arabia’s international reputation. One of the strategies they… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Last Failed Coup Still Plagues Turkey-US Alliance

by Giorgio Cafiero Since the Ottoman era, the people of Anatolia have experienced military interventions in politics that have dramatically impacted the lives of millions. Arguably, the first such coup occurred in 1876, with Sultan Abdulaziz’s ouster. Following the establishment… Continue Reading  

Tensions Rise Ahead of Trump-Erdogan Meeting

by Mitchell Plitnick Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will shortly meet US President Donald Trump in Washington. The meeting was already going to be an interesting one. The US-Turkey relationship is complicated, though both countries are members of NATO. Beyond… Continue Reading  

The Demise of Academia in Erdogan’s Turkey

by Emre Celik We are seeing reports of academics being investigated and subjected to penalties for expressing their opinions about the conflict in the southeast. While we may not agree with the opinions expressed by those academics, we are nevertheless… Continue Reading  

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

by Joshua Kucera President-elect Donald Trump’s top national security adviser has expressed a variety of contradictory opinions about affairs in the former Soviet Union, making it difficult to assess what policies the next White House administration may pursue in the… Continue Reading