October, 2016 turkey

Turkish military

By Lars Haugom

 The Turkey Analyst

The Turkish military is undergoing a comprehensive post-coup restructuring process. It is not difficult to understand the rationale behind increased civilian government control of the armed forces after the July 15 coup attempt. 

German Wirtschaftswunder

by Daniel Pipes
In 1961, the German post-war "economic miracle" (Wirtschaftswunder) was in full bloom, with a seemingly insatiable thirst for unskilled workers. After signing government-to-government bilateral agreements with Italy (in 1955), Greece (1960), and Spain (1960), Bonn turned to Ankara and on this day, Oct. 30, in 1961 signed a "Recruitment Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Turkey" (Anwerbeabkommen zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Türkei). Little did either side realize the implications of this seemingly minor accord.

Europe, History, Politics, Turkey
Turkey economy

Guven Sak

Have you seen the Putinphone? Caviar, a Russian jewelry company, has designed a limited edition of them on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of the Russian president. It looks like the iPhone 6, except Putin’s face is encrusted in gold on the back, as is the seal of the Russian presidency and a few lines of the country’s national anthem. 

Economy, Politics, Turkey
Turkish academics Erdogan

Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow, Middle East Forum

In the days after the July coup attempt against his regime, Turkey’s tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused a group of scholars attending a conference in Istanbul of conspiring against him and directing the plot. After his widespread paranoid purge of Turkish academia, it seems Erdogan has now found a group of scholars he can live with.

Politics, Turkey
Devlet Bahceli

Fikret Bilal
Even though the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahçeli, fiercely opposed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) when they proposed the presidential system to the Constitution Conciliation Committee last term, this time he said “There is no harm in asking the nation; AK Party should introduce its proposal.” 

Politics, Turkey
Turkey warmongering

 Turkish air and ground forces are attacking northern Syria. The target is not ISIS – the presumed threat to Turkish interests – but rather Kurdish forces that have borne the brunt of anti-ISIS ground fighting and are key to the battle for Mosul in Iraq.

Erdogan Davutoglu

The optimists were optimistic that former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s forced de-parture in May and his replacement with the pragmatic Binali Yıldırım would recalibrate Turkey’s Sunni Islamist-based foreign (and domestic) policy. This columnist voiced hope that the optimists were right but predicted they were not. Call it blind faith in President Re-cep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political codes.

Politics, Turkey
Turkey coup

The same forces which “predicted” and encouraged the July coup in Turkey are again in action. Michael Rubin, a neoconservative activist, connected in the past with Turkish Kemalists, has posted an article in the website of the ultra-hawkish American Enterprise Institute titles “Is a new coup in the cards in Turkey”. This article was reproduced by Newsweek.

Turkey Iraq

Turkey says troops using artillery near Mosul but Iraq rejects "participation" claim in ongoing Peshmerga-led operation.
Ongoing tensions between Turkey and Iraq have intensified after Turkey said its troops fired artillery rounds at ISIL targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, following a request by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

National Pact map

Erdogan’s aggressive nationalism is now spilling over Turkey’s borders, grabbing land in Greece and Iraq.

In the past few weeks, a conflict between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkey’s role in the liberation of Mosul has precipitated an alarming burst of Turkish irredentism. 

Mosul ottoman

Author Cengiz Çandar

When it comes to opinion forming among the many pro-Erdogan daily newspapers in Turkey, Yeni Safak is the leader. Its editor-in-chief, Ibrahim Karagul, is known for incendiary columns, especially on foreign policy issues.

Politics, Turkey
Mosul operation


Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and Kurdish rulers next door in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Erdogan ambitions

Kemal Öztürk
While we were in New York for the 2009 United Nations meeting, Time magazine said they were interested in taking a portrait photograph of then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as they were taking pictures of all the leaders who attended. I delivered this request to Prime Minister Erdoğan and he accepted.

Turkey Russia

There was only one good aspect of the diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey that erupted after the downing of a Russian war plane by Turkish jets on the Syrian border nearly a year ago: The possible suspension of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project.