In Turkey, “Politics Still Wears a Moustache”
Hazal Atay, December 2017
On 5 December 1934, Turkish women won the right to vote in national elections, ten years before the women of France. They had already been able to vote and run for office in local elections since 1930, and the first woman to become avillage chief, Gül Esin, was elected at Çine in the province of (...)
Meral Akşener, a Woman against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
A Reformer or a Turkish Marine Le Pen?
Matthieu Eynaudi, Max-Valentin Robert, November 2017
On 25 October 2017, Meral Akşener founded a new group, “The Good Party” (Iyi Parti). The former Minister of Home Affairs is often compared with Marine Le Pen and might be seen as an alternative to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, capable of appealing to voters beyond the nationalist electorate in the 2019 (...)
Turkey. Ahmet Şik’s Statement in Court on 24 July 2017
Defending Freedom of Expression
Ahmet Şik, September 2017
In 2011, Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şik wrote a book titled The Imam’s Army, on the infiltration of the Fethullah Gulen movement into the Turkish state. The draft was confiscated by authorities and banned by a court. But the manuscript was leaked online. Şik was jailed for a year as (...)
Turkey Places Too Much Hope in Trump
Bayram Balci, March 2017
Donald Trump’s election was favourably greeted in Ankara. Turkish-American relations had seriously deteriorated during the Obama presidency. Yet it is unlikely that Washington will modify its policies on the Syrian issue (and specifically its support for the Kurds), go back to its refusal to (...)
Moscow Capital of the Middle East
Waiting for Donald Trump
Alain Gresh, March 2017
Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
Turkey Trapped in the Syrian Crisis
Samim Akgönül, January 2017
For some ten years now, Turkey’s regonal policies have been characterised by U-turns and changes of heart. Henceforth, Ankara is bogged down in the Syrian crisis, caught between Kurdish demands and the terrorist attacks of ISIS.
On December 19, 2016, on the eve of the opening of the summit (...)
What was Different about the Ottoman War?
Erik Jan Zürcher, October 2014
We can approach the immense historical phenomenon of World War I on different levels: global, national, regional and even local.
On one level World War I, or the “Great War” as it was known until 1939, certainly was a world war in the sense of a global conflict. The war in the Middle East shows (...)
Syrian Armenians are caught in the middle of a propaganda war
The regime lies, Turkey interferes
Vicken Cheterian, April 2014
On March 21 the attack on Kessab, a Syrian town inhabited by Armenians, triggered an intense campaign of propaganda based on supposed “massacres” perpetrated by Turkey. Armenian Diaspora organizations compared this event with the 1915 genocide. Although it was true that Turkey provided direct (...)