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Culture, Politics, Turkey
Mustafa Kemal


By Toni Alaranta  The Turkey Analyst

The debate on political Islam under the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP) needs to fully acknowledge the crucial importance of nationalism as the enduring element of any relevant form of mass politics in Turkey. 

 Saudi-Egyptian Tensions


By Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 384

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A dangerous rift has developed in Saudi-Egyptian relations on two fronts. The Saudis, for whom the Iranian-backed Houthi uprising in Yemen has become an existential issue, are aggrieved that Egypt is not pulling its full weight in that campaign.

Russia, China, Iran Erdogan

Turkey is seeking to conduct trade with Russia, China and Iran in national currencies, announced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a shopping mall in Istanbul, Erdoğan said that he had proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to conduct trade between the two countries with local currencies, hurriyetdailynews.com reported.

 War on China

 
By John Pilger
  "Information Clearing House" - "teleSur" - The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way. When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there.

 Dead end in Aleppo


Cengiz Candar writes, “The fate of Aleppo has the potential to seal the fate of [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's regime in Turkey. Too many of Erdogan's eggs are placed in the basket of northern Syrian geopolitics, and most of them are likely to crack.”

Politics, Turkey
Turkey party state

Serkan Dermitas
Although the text has not been publicized yet, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has already begun collecting the required signatures from its lawmakers for a constitutional amendment package in a bid to accelerate the process to introduce a presidential system.

Erdogan iBlunders and Bluster

 Melik Kaylan
Turkey's President Erdogan has put himself in a geostrategic corner with almost no options. Having publicly railed against the US for allegedly supporting the failed coup at least tacitly, he has roused popular feeling against Turkey's NATO alliance. 

Trump Putin

By William Blum

 "Information Clearing House" - That he may not be “qualified” is unimportant. That he’s never held a government or elected position is unimportant. That on a personal level he may be a shmuck is unimportant.What counts to me mainly at this early stage is that he – as opposed to dear Hillary – is unlikely to start a war against Russia. His questioning of the absolute sacredness of NATO, calling it “obsolete”, and his meeting with Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, an outspoken critic of US regime-change policy, specifically Syria, are encouraging signs.

Fat school bully’

Burak Bekdil
In 2004 when the then prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was receiving praise after praise from the West’s blind leaders for his “reformism and supreme democratic credentials,” he abruptly reverted to his Islamist self: He drafted a bill that would outlaw adultery. Under pressure from Brussels, he had to drop the idea, but since then, he has danced around the theme of outlawing “sins” stated in the Islamic holy book.

Prisoner’s Dilemma

By Jacob L. Shapiro
OPEC countries have an agreement on production, but will they abide by it?
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says its members have approved a plan to cut oil production by about 1.2 million barrels per day, or roughly 1.5 percent of current global crude production.


Turkey split from the West


Author Metin Gurcan
People nowadays seriously wonder if Turkey is about to split from the West. Is Turkey’s opening up to the East, which became more noticeable after the July 15 coup attempt, a passing reaction to the lack of interest shown by the United States and Europe, or is it Ankara’s more independent and nonaligned policy choice? Will the honeymoon between Ankara and Moscow in recent weeks become a long-term alliance? 

 ANKARA TURKMENS


AYKAN ERDEMIR AND MERVE TAHIROGLU
The Mosul operation has made the predominantly Turkmen city of Tal Afar the latest focus of Turkey and Iran’s sectarian struggle for influence in post-Islamic State Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against allowing Iran-backed Shiite militias to liberate the city.

Anomalies  Russia

 
By Jacob L. Shapiro
Are Russia’s banks failing or recovering?

On Nov. 22, an economist wrote in a Russian-language newspaper: “To judge by the flood of complaints, guarantees on bank deposits are ceasing to operate. People are often paid a fraction of their deposits and are being told that before closing the bank destroyed its documents, and your copies of the contracts are not binding for us!” (Translation by the BBC.) 

Aleppo Day after


The fall of Aleppo could lead to a further increase in tension between the Syrian regime and Turkey.
Francesco Belcastro

The Syrian army’s rapid advances in eastern Aleppo last weekend have rekindled discussions over what the consequences would be of the fall of the besieged northern city. Observers seem to agree on the fact that (barred dramatic changes on the ground) the regime will be able to take control of Eastern Aleppo.

Politics, Turkey
Turkish left

 MUSTAFA AKYOL

The passing of Fidel Castro was big news in Turkey as in much of the world. What was interesting was the unreserved adoration the Turkish left expressed for the late Cuban dictator. Socialist newspapers such as BirGün came out with headlines that praised “The Commandante,” as social media flooded with love for the great socialist hero and his glorious revolution.

 Erdogan US, Russia  Syria


Author Semih Idiz
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been promising since September to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS) and move east to Manbij to rid it of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Turkey claims that the YPG — the core of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting IS — and its parent organization, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), are terrorist groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), but it has failed to generate international support for this position.

Beware Of Turkey


Endy Zemenides
In just under two months, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. As many of his predecessors learned before him, no amount of intelligence briefings, travel or business experience, or even previous foreign policy experience fully girds a new President and his team for that first time they get called to the Situation Room to deal with an international crisis.

Absurdistan


Burak Bekdil
Turkish politics is struggling harder and harder to go beyond the title of “Absurdistan.” Sadly, not even the sky is the limit.
It is no secret that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan worships the notion of the “national will,” the sanctity of elected officials and, therefore, their decisions. But he only worships the will of the Turkish nation - and only when he wins at the ballot box. 

 Trump’s NATO

By Dr. Tsilla Hershco 
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 381

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: US President-Elect Donald Trump has toned down the anti-NATO rhetoric he employed on the campaign trail, but it remains uncertain whether he appreciates the value of the organization for American interests. NATO provides security insurance not only to Europe but also to the US. Trump should be cautious about weakening its deterrence and power projection.

Economy Russia US

 By Jacob L. Shapiro
Regionalization can reveal much about countries’ economic structure and relative power.
Power is a relative concept. To say that one state is powerful means nothing. Power only derives meaning if it is evaluated in comparison. Two of the states whose powers we constantly re-evaluate are Russia and the United States.