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Turkish Public Opinion

By: Miranda Wickham Public opinion polls can be an important indicator of the public’s support of certain political parties and candidates as well as proposed political changes. In light of the upcoming elections in Turkey, I will explore opinion polls taken before the April 2017 referendum, polls taken in December 2017/January 2018, and more recent … Continue reading

Turkey-Russia Rapprochement

By: Eren Oztunc Turkey’s historically tumultuous relationship with Russia has experienced particular instability in the past two years after the shoot-down of a Russian Su-24 jet in November 2015 in response to a violation of Turkish airspace. The jet incident, which resulted in the death of a Russian pilot, spurred the immediate downward spiral of … Continue reading

Implications of the Constitutional Referendum

The current version of the Turkish Constitution was put in place by the Grand National Assembly in 1982 after the military had taken control of the government through a coup in 1980. Through plebiscites and legislation, it has been amended 18 times since its adoption. This might surprise some American readers since the US Constitution … Continue reading

Turkey’s Economic Outlook 2017: Resilient and Rising

By, Theresa Reichstadt   Political instability has shaken Turkey’s economy; however, the Turkish economy has bounced back. Turkey’s economic outlook is surprisingly positive due to the faster than anticipated recovery after the July 15th, 2016 failed coup attempt. The graph above portrays data from the World Bank on Turkey’s GDP growth from 2014 to 2016, … Continue reading

Prospects for Turkey’s Western Alliance

By Deniz Yuksel NATO heads of state met in Brussels last week. The alliance faces increasingly difficult challenges, stemming from both sides of the ocean, leading some to speculate whether the alliance will last. Many in Turkey seem to be reviewing Turkey’s relationship with the West, and even looking for alternatives. Last month, Turkish President … Continue reading

Erdogan Visits Washington

By Deniz Yuksel President Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the first time yesterday. Both leaders praised the U.S.–Turkey partnership, emphasizing the need for further cooperation. The meeting was cordial despite tensions between the U.S. and Turkey after Trump announced last week that the U.S. would directly arm the Syrian Democratic Forces … Continue reading

Flynn’s Vision for Syria

By Deniz Yuksel “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.” declared Donald Trump in his inaugural speech, amid cheers and applause, and added: “America will start winning again, winning like never before.” Statements like this might be appealing to those who believe that America needs to step up its foreign policy … Continue reading

Breaking ISIL’s Brand

By: Ayşan Berfu Yurdakul On May 10, 2016, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Texas Christian University held an event titled “Breaking ISIL’s Brand.” It was hosted by Bob Schieffer with panelists Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign … Continue reading

The Future of the Russo-Turkish Relationship: Reflections from the Atlantic Council, April 26, 2016

By: James Bieszka On April 26, 2016, the Atlantic Council hosted “The Future of the Russo-Turkish Relationship.” The event was moderated by Karoun Demirjian of the Washington Post and featured opening remarks from Senator Gerry Connelly (D-VA).  Former Ambassadors, James Jeffrey and John Herbst, and Dr. Soner Cağaptay of the Washington Institute joined Mr. Connelly … Continue reading

The Populism/Realism Gap: Managing Uncertainty in Turkey’s Politics and Foreign Policy

By: James Bieszka Whether or not one agrees with the notion that Turkey has become a more populist nation in recent years, the sustained rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) – along with constitutional/governmental amendments and rapidly evolving regional confrontations – requires Turkey scholars and observers alike to examine the many impacts of … Continue reading

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