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April 19, 2017

US News&World Report

Without an organized opposition, Erdogan's expanded powers may end Turkish democracy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's narrow win in Sunday's referendum, which significantly expands his powers, is not promising for Turkey's future. Following...

April 15, 2017

As Europe and the United States await the fallout from the April 16 referendum to gauge the future of an important partner, they must also recognize some sad realities about the state of Turkish politics and society.

Speaking at a rally in Istanbul on March 26, Turkish...

April 13, 2017

Wall Street Journal 

Erdogan has created a deeply divided society that may never be able to resolve its differences.

As Turkey gets ready for Sunday's referendum, the country's deep social chasm gives even the most ardent optimist grave cause for concern. President Recep...

April 1, 2017


A demonize-and-polarize strategy has worked for the Turkish president in the past, but it may ultimately tear his country apart.

Since 2003, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been a guiding light for the ascendant global class of anti-elite, nationalist...

 Cipher Brief

While ignoring Turkey's concerns and going all in with the Syrian Kurds may seem like the best military option for defeating ISIS, bringing Ankara into the fold for a multilateral campaign is the best way of avoiding bigger problems down the road.

On Januar...

January 2, 2017


The perpetrators of the ongoing string of major terrorist attacks are obvious, but Turkey's bitterly divided pro- and anti-Erdogan camps refuse to focus on the foreign and domestic policy factors underlying the violence.

Turkey is so deeply polarized around the power...

December 21, 2016

Washington Post 

If Erdogan can temper his political agenda amid a seemingly endless series of violent incidents, he will go down in history as one of Turkey’s most influential leaders, but otherwise he will be remembered as the man who drove his country into the ground...

July 24, 2016


The post-coup fallout spells trouble for NATO, Europe, and the Turkish president's foes.

The recent failed coup attempt in Turkey has not only thrown the country into chaos, but could derail the very fundamentals of the country's foreign policy relations with th...

July 20, 2016

Foreign Affairs

Erdogan may appear victorious today, but he cannot hold onto power in the long run if the country's internal security falls prey to rampant domestic extremism.

Before the failed military coup on July 15, Turkey was struggling to recover from a bombing and...

July 19, 2016

Wall Street Journal 

Empowered by surviving a coup, Erdogan may be tempted to encourage an Islamist counterrevolution.

Turkey is at a pivotal point in its history following the failed coup attempt of July 15. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, having survived the coup plot,...

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