Turkey’s Geopolitical Aims in Syria

Syrian refugee centre on the Turkish border (Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert Olson Turkey hopes to use the 2.7 million Syrian refugees now in Turkey as vehicles to develop and consolidate it geopolitical and geo-economic position. This is a vastly different policy from the one Ankara pursued toward Kurdish refugees… Continue Reading  

The March Madness of Turkish Politics


by Robert Olson Turkey’s politics in March 2016 continues to be tumultuous. The most important developments center on three pivotal issues. The first is relations between the government led by the Justice and Development party (AKP) and Kurdistan Workers’ Party… Continue Reading  

How Did Turkey’s Erdogan Reverse His Fortunes?


by Derek Davison When Turkish voters went to the polls in June, they dealt the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a serious electoral setback, voting the party out of the sole parliamentary majority that… Continue Reading  

“Hüngür Hüngür Agliyorum”


by Graham E. Fuller That’s a refrain from a old Turkish folksong—“Bitterly I weep.” It commemorates a bloody turning point at Sakarya against Greek invaders back in 1921. But the words couldn’t more readily apply now to the unprecented and… Continue Reading  

Just What Is Turkey Up To?


by Graham E. Fuller Turkish policies towards the Middle East have been in wild oscillation over the past many weeks, even months. Ankara has now finally and begrudgingly initiated military action against ISIS in cooperation with the US. But it… Continue Reading