Turkey-US Relations

Assad Jumps into the Afrin Conflict

YPG fighters in Afrin, CC Flickr Kurdishstruggle, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In a further escalation of the Syrian civil war, Damascus has vowed to help the Kurds of Afrin repel the advance of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch.”

Turkey: NATO’s Rogue Member State

A US Patriot missile system deployed in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in 2013. cc Flickr U.S. Army Europe, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Is it time to consider kicking Turkey out of NATO?

Outlook 2018: Retrospective


Looking back on the major geopolitical trends of 2017.

Turkey’s Domestic Crackdown: No End in Sight

Erdogan2, cc Flickr AMISOM Public Information, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

Turkey’s post-coup purges have come to a head with the trial of 11 human rights activists on terrorism charges.

Turkey: Syrian Intervention, Regional Resurgence

cc Flickr Rafiadli Roebiono, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This outline explores the regional forces and core interests motivating Turkey’s foray into the Syrian civil war.

Pressured from All Sides, Will Iraqi Kurdistan Back Down?

Barzani, cc Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Wikicommons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_of_Iraqi_Kurdistan_Masoud_Barzani.jpg

The blowback against Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum was swift as it was fierce, with every neighboring state piling pressure on Irbil to back down.

Turkey-Russia Relations: Close, but Not Too Close

PutErd, cc www.kremlin.ru, modified

Ankara and Moscow have found a common cause in the Syrian civil war, but geopolitical disagreements in the South Caucuses and beyond will thwart too close of a détente.

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.

Turkey Remade in President Erdogan’s Image

erdoflags, cc Flickr Andreas Trojak,https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified,

President Erdogan’s long-sought constitutional changes have passed by the narrowest of margins. What comes next for Turkey?

Global Forecast (04-10-2017)


Turks vote on overhauling their political system, a far-left outlier surges in the French presidential race, and attacks on Copts trigger a state of emergency in Egypt.

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