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Why a ‘No’ Win at Referendum is the Best Option for Erdogan

Why a ‘No’ Win at Referendum is the Best Option for Erdogan

Few analysts have looked at the effects on Erdogan’s future – and that of the Turkish state – if the final votes tip the polls towards the ‘No’ option.

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Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Neither a Putin-Assad hegemony nor an inclusive transitional government of a united Syria are solutions after Aleppo. Partition is the solution.

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On Turkey, NATO and Needing New Allies

On Turkey, NATO and Needing New Allies

After almost a century of marching in lockstep with the secular ideas of Ataturk and the Kemalists, Erdogan is taking a hammer to the entire edifice.

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Turkey’s Syrian Blowback

Turkey’s Syrian Blowback

The current Turkish struggle with IS is a complete reversal from the early years of the Syrian civil war, when Turkey supported opposition against Assad.

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Japan Outpaces U.S. in Race to Enlist Russia to Balance China

Japan Outpaces U.S. in Race to Enlist Russia to Balance China

U.S.-Russian hostilities have decreased U.S. strategic options with respect to China, enabling Shinzo Abe's own Russian diplomacy to be more fruitful.

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Increased Great Power Competition Changes Strategy of “Swing” Powers

Increased Great Power Competition Changes Strategy of “Swing” Powers

U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China hostilities have led to foreign policy strategy recalibrations for the Philippines, Japan, and Turkey.

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An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An Independent Kurdistan under U.S. Protection?

An independent Kurdistan under U.S. protection would unite Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan as well as minority areas of Assyrians, Turkomans, Yezidi and others.

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Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

Turkish and Egyptian Occupation in Iraq and Syria

After the defeat of ISIS, temporary Turkish and Egyptian occupation zones should be imposed in Sunni provinces of Iraq and Syria prior to partition.

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Sovereignty Strikes Back: Turkey’s Purge and International Silence

Sovereignty Strikes Back: Turkey’s Purge and International Silence

On July 15th, the world saw the consequences of the struggle between religious forces and the secular military contending for control of the Turkish state.

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Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Turkish Foreign Policy After the Military Coup

Immediate speculation following the coup attempt says that Turkey is likely to move further away from the West. But Ankara has deep ties with Europe and is an important member of NATO.

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Did Gül Really Mean What He Said?

Did Gül Really Mean What He Said?

In an interview, the former Turkish President said, “What happened [the coup attempt] was a crime that will ultimately fail because Turkey is not an African country and is not located in Latin America.”

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Future Russian Leaders Might Regret Putin’s ‘fresh start’ With Erdogan

Future Russian Leaders Might Regret Putin’s ‘fresh start’ With Erdogan

The Kremlin keeps accusing the West of meddling in Russian politics but embraces Turkey that openly claims large swaths of its territory.

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Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Those events are symptoms of larger problems that need to be addressed by U.S. society.

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The Wider Implications of ISIS’ Istanbul Bombing

The Wider Implications of ISIS’ Istanbul Bombing

The recent attack on the Istanbul Ataturk airport by ISIS will only exacerbate Turkey’s serious tourism and economic woes.

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Sunni Areas Post-ISIS: Occupation by Sunni Powers?

Sunni Areas Post-ISIS: Occupation by Sunni Powers?

Current governments of Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan should rule over their ethnic populations while Sunni areas should be occupied by foreign Sunni powers.

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