Erdogan’s Iron Fist

Erdogan’s Iron Fist

On Monday May 27th, about 100 activists in Istanbul staged a sit-in at Gezi Park, the last bit of green space in a largely commercial area, in order to protest the uprooting of its nearly 600 trees to make way for a restored Ottoman army barracks and a shopping mall....
Turkey Haunted by Hubris

Turkey Haunted by Hubris

Two years ago, Turkey was on its way to being a player in Central Asia, a major power broker in the Middle East, and a driving force in international politics. It had made peace with its regional rivals, partnered with Brazil to take a serious stab at a peaceful...
Syria’s Sectarian Echoes in Turkey

Syria’s Sectarian Echoes in Turkey

Shortly after the turn of the century, the newly ensconced Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayep Erdogan and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad steered Turkish-Syrian relations in a new direction. Old animosities that defined the historically tense bilateral relationship...
Arab Spring, Turkish Harvest

Arab Spring, Turkish Harvest

After consolidating its domestic political position with an impressive third straight victory in the 2011 parliamentary elections, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is poised to cement Turkey’s status as the prime indigenous power in the Middle East. As...
Assad-Erdogan Bromance on the Rocks?

Assad-Erdogan Bromance on the Rocks?

(Pictured: Syrian President Assad and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan in happier times.) “Until recently,” reports Henri Barkey at the National Interest, the AKP, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party, “saw its burgeoning relations with...