Geopolitics

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

Ankara Trump


AUTHOR  Semih Idiz

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be.

A strong right-wing alliance on its way in Turkey

Right-wing alliance Turkey

Murat Yektin
I was recently having an informal chat with an important name from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) together with a number of colleagues. “When are you going to import the MHP?” I asked half-jokingly, referring to the current close cooperation between the AK Parti and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) over the constitutional shift to an executive presidential system, as targeted by President Tayyip Erdoğan.

WILL TRUMP BE A GAME-CHANGER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD?

MUSLIM WORLD


BY ZVI MAZEL 
How will the new US administration impact the age-old Sunni-Shi’ite conflict? Sunnis make up 85% of the Muslim world, with Shi’ite a poor second at less than 15%. Nevertheless, Iran enjoys an advantage because it is the supreme Shi’ite religious and political authority, whereas in the Sunni world, every imam can issue his own fatwas – though there is no general obligation to follow them.

After the Fall of Aleppo

 After the Fall of Aleppo


by Jonathan Spyer, The Jerusalem Post
Bashar and Asmaa al-Assad are less stressed out these days.
The battle for Aleppo is over. The Assad regime and its Russian, Iranian and Shia paramilitary allies have achieved victory.

‘There is hope’ for Turkey-US relations under Trump

Stephen Hadley

Murat Yektin
Despite being “tested” by problems and “misperceptions,” Turkey-U.S. relations are “not irretrievable” and could be fixed under the presidency of Donald Trump, according to Stephen Hadley, a former U.S. National Security Advisor, speaking after top-level talks in Ankara on Jan. 17.

Turkey's Radical Islamization Process Accelerating

 Turkey's Radical Islamization

BY UZAY BULUT 

A primary school in Istanbul’s Umraniye neighborhood has recently prepared a “corner” remembering those who lost their lives during the abortive coup on July 15. A model of Sergeant Omer Halisdemir (who died that day), photos of armed soldiers describing the coup night, as well as models of tanks and people standing in front of tanks were put in the corner, with a caption that reads:

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