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Resurgence of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: How Kurds View It

Resurgence of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: How Kurds View It

The ongoing conflict in Syria and the Kurdish struggle in the northern part of the country have triggered increased participation of Kurdish youth in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The Turkish government, initially, did not perceive this as a domestic threat because of the ongoing peace process. However, with the latest resurgence of conflict in […]

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Turkey-Russia Spat: What Does it Mean in the Long Term?

Turkey-Russia Spat: What Does it Mean in the Long Term?

Turkey’s spat with Russia is not a spontaneous act. The recent tensions will hurt coalition efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh), delaying a diplomatic solution in Syria.

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Turkey’s Snap Elections 2015: Explaining the AKP Victory

Turkey’s Snap Elections 2015: Explaining the AKP Victory

KADIR YILDIRIM AND MUSTAFA GURBUZ Takeaways The ruling AKP has won Turkey’s repeat general elections, regaining their parliamentary majority with 315 seats after five months of coalition talks and rounds of ethnic violence. Voter turnout is reported to be 84.3 %, a slight increase compared to the June elections. Yet Kurdish-populated cities witnessed lower turnouts this time. […]

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Independent Journalism in Turkey Faces Increasing Censorship Pressures

Independent Journalism in Turkey Faces Increasing Censorship Pressures

Turkey’s domestic political environment has become ever more difficult to decode for international observers. Attacks on prominent newspapers like the recent physical assault on staff members of Hürriyet Daily News are on the rise. Efforts to silence journalists tend to include acts of vandalism as well as personal threats to do harm. Ideologically motivated mobs […]

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Turkey’s Syria Strategy: All About Domestic Politics?

Turkey’s Syria Strategy: All About Domestic Politics?

The prospects for a coalition government in Turkey have faded away, and Turks are about to witness yet another election — the fourth poll in the past two years. The rise of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) as a challenger to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was in fact a crucial factor behind the […]

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Repeat elections in Turkey: Erdogan’s hope for survival

Repeat elections in Turkey: Erdogan’s hope for survival

For the first time in its democratic history, Turkey faces repeat elections. The four parties in the parliament (AKP, CHP, MHP and HDP) have failed to form a (coalition) government that could secure a vote of confidence in the parliament. Last week, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu informed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he has been […]

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Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Turkey’s Double War on ISIS and PKK

Monday Talk interview with Mustafa Gurbuz appeared in Vocal International on August 2, 2015  *Giving the current operation conducted by Turkey against the PKK and the statement made by some of the PKK’s cadres, is Kurdish peace process over? Well, I’ve been calling it a “cease-fire,” not a peace process. A true peace process requires […]

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Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

Is Turkey Headed into a Syrian Quagmire?

By offering Incirlik to Washington, Erdoğan not only highlights his unique position, but he also takes steps toward further involvement in northern Syria.  As Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik Air Base in return for a security zone in Syria, can we assume that there is a new consensus between […]

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