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Backgrounder: Turkey under Erdogan

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This backgrounder recounts the long road to Turkey’s seminal 2017 referendum, and what to expect next from this key NATO ally that is still undergoing dramatic political shifts.

Euphrates Shield Failing to Marginalize Syria’s Kurds

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An ambitious new force expansion and U.S. and Russian deployments in Kurdish-held territory all suggest that Turkey’s Euphrates Shield is not marginalizing the YPG.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Rise as an Independent Energy Player

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Iran’s energy engagement is serving to solidify Iraqi Kurdistan’s shift towards greater autonomy.

Global Forecast (03-22-2016)


A key security summit in the U.S., David Cameron’s cabinet in revolt, and Syria’s Kurds quietly assemble a state.

Analysis: AKP’s Surprise Election Win in Turkey

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Recep Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has retaken its parliamentary majority in a shock result that might mean big changes for Turkey’s foreign policy.

Is Turkey In Over Its Head?

Grafitti of Turkey president Tacip Erdogan, whose policy is turning the MENA region upside-down.

Ankara’s decision to intervene directly in Syria further complicates an already complex battlefield dynamic, and it risks repercussions for Turkey’s internal and external security.

The Impact of a Turkish “Safe Zone” in Northern Syria

Many believe that a Turkish 'safe zone' will be used to increase attacks against the Kurdistan Workers Party in and around the Turkish border.

A “safe zone” in northern Syria could be a game-changer, but not necessarily a welcome one for the fight against Islamic State.

New Regional Alliances Emerge in the Fight against Islamic State

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The dynamic in the Middle East is changing. Recent events have pushed Turkey towards a more activist position against Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdish forces, which is shaping the response of other regional players, and leading to new alliances that will impact the future of Syria, Iraq, and the wider region.

Analysis: Kurdish Peace Process at Risk as Turkey Bombs the PKK

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This past week has seen a sea change in Turkey’s foreign policy, one that threatens to upend the last bastions of stability in an otherwise chaotic region.

Turkish Troops Aim to Counter Kurds, Not Islamic State

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The Turkish government is considering deploying troops to create a “buffer zone” along its southern border with Syria, and it is clear that the intended target of such a move would be the Syrian Kurds, not Islamic State.

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