It had almost an immediate cost in cash. Worse, the Europeans expressed worry, the Turkish opposition screamed electoral theft, and the Americans - well, the Americans have yet to take a firm position, but don't be surprised when Washington suddenly discovers its democratic scruples when it serves U.S. interest. The decision by Turkey's electoral board, … Continue reading Why is Erdogan risking so much for Istanbul’s mayoralty?
On Friday, a faction of the Turkish military tried to overthrow presidential strongman Recep Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party and increasingly the man of Turkish politics. They failed; first, they didn't kill or capture Erdogan in the opening moments of the coup, then they failed to shut off the Internet and media so … Continue reading Turkey’s Coup Signals A Generational Shift to Islamism
Turkey shot down a Russian jet and got away with it. Why it wanted to, and why geopolitics allowed such a thing to happen.
Much of the world's attention has been focused recently on the relatively insignificant town of Kobane. Kobane is hardly worth getting upset about; Aleppo, Homs, and Damascus are all far more central to the events in Syria. And yet here we are, all watching the street-to-street fighting in a place we'd probably not even considering getting … Continue reading Turkey, Neo-Ottomans, and The Cycle of History (Or: When Picking Starting Territories for Empires, Anatolia Ain’t Half Bad)