Atilla's Musings

Post-revolutionary Iran and Turkey at 40: Pragmatism and convergence

Source:Brookings Instituse Date:05Apr2019

For those who wish to understand how  Turkey and Iran can compete  in Syria, but cooperate in economics.   In due course, Turkey learned to co-exist with Iran’s new regime and during the

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Turkxit Time?

Source:Carnegie Europe Date:03Apr2019

This is a somber and multi-dimensional analysis of S-400 strife between Turkey and US/NATO.  It is a must read for anyone who needs to guess the end game.   Turkey will refuse deliver of S-400s,

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s power is waning

Source:Financial Times Date:02Apr2019

An astute analysis by David Gardner of FT about why Erdogan is upset  about losing Istanbul and  what he intends to do  going forward:   The focus on the AKP’s Islamist ideology underplays

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China Increases Foreign Direct Investments Into Turkey

Source:Eurasiafuture Date:30Mar2019

Don’t be fooled by the title. Adam Garrie goes beyodn the economics of Turko-Sino integration into the political aspects as well:   Today, Turkey is taking the next logical step in

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Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’ Has Left Millions Unmoored

Source:Bloomberg Date:28Mar2019

A startling account of the economic disenfranchisement and rural poverty behind Erdogan “economic miracle”   The “New Turkey” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been touting

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Erdogan is busy proving Huntington right

Source:Ahval News Date:26Mar2019

Editor in Chief of Ahval News, Mr Yavuz Baydar, has highlighted a topic about which I’ve been spending restless nights:  Has Hungington’s Clash of Civilizations already started?  Will

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Turkey can still reset its relations with the west

Source:Financial Times Date:23Mar2019

A wise view from FT, which I share.  The upcoming S-400 missile crisis between Turkey and NATO could be the cathartic event, which compels Erdogan  to “go West”.   Recep Tayyip

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Turkey Is Changing the Middle East. The U.S. Doesn’t Get It.

Source:Bloomberg Date:16Mar2019

Moreover, if Turkey — finally turning away from Europe after a century of unsuccessful efforts to integrate with the West — fixes its gaze eastward, it could become a regional hegemon as

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From myth to reality: How to understand Turkey’s role in the Western Balkans

Source:European Council on Foreign Relations Date:14Mar2019

For those who care about Turkey’s diplomatic focus:  Turkey and Balkans, a sober assessment     European fears of Turkish expansionism in the Western Balkans have no basis in

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The downward trend in Turkish-Chinese relations

Source:Hurriyet Daily News Date:12Mar2019

I felt compelled to add this article to my favorites list, because Chinese authorities detained 4 Turkish businesmen yesterday, triggering an exodus of dozens, Hurriyet also reported. Turkey has

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