Latest Articles about Turkey

ANKARA DOES NOT RULE OUT FURTHER ENERGY TIES WITH TEHRAN

Visiting Madrid on January 14, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara would proceed with fresh gas deals with neighboring Iran, although Tehran had once again halted gas exports to Ankara earlier this month. However, Turkish energy analysts told Jamestown that Turkey has... MORE

ERDOGAN INADVERTENTLY REIGNITES HEADSCARF DEBATE

An off-the-cuff response by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a question by a journalist has unexpectedly reignited the long-running debate in Turkey over the Islamic headscarf by triggering a furious reaction from Turkish secularists. The headscarf has long been one of the main... MORE

TURKISH ALEVIS SPURN OVERTURES FROM AKP

In a sign of their continuing suspicions of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), representatives of Turkey’s Alevi religious minority spurned what the government claimed was an olive branch by boycotting a banquet organized for them in Ankara on January 11. No reliable statistics... MORE

HOPES LOW FOR CLARIFYING ANTI-“TURKISHNESS” CONCEPT

The infamous Article 301 of the Turkish penal code, which outlaws “humiliating Turkishness,” has been the focal point of criticism that the country lacks decent legislation allowing free speech. Knowing that, Turkey’s pro-EU government is working to amend that article, but in a way that... MORE

DIYARBAKIR BOMBING INCREASES PRESSURE ON THE DTP

The January 4 bomb attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey has increased the pressure on the members of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) to distance themselves from the PKK’s violent campaign. But they... MORE

AKP PREPARES TO ANNOUNCE NEW CONSTITUTION

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is finally expected to announce details of a new Turkish constitution later this month. A provisional draft has been submitted to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his approval prior to it being made public. The current expectation... MORE