Latest Articles about Turkey

TURKISH STATE STEPS UP PRESSURE ON KURDISH POLITICIANS

Hopes that the presence of the Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) in Turkey’s new parliament would facilitate dialogue and the formulation of a solution to Turkey’s long-running Kurdish problem appear to be receding. On Tuesday (September 4) an Istanbul judge ruled that the prosecution of... MORE

TURKISH MILITARY BRACES FOR NEW BATTLE OVER CONSTITUTION

Following its failure to prevent the election of Abdullah Gul as Turkey’s president, the Turkish military is now regrouping and preparing for the next battle in what is likely to be a long campaign to preserve the ideological legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded... MORE

RIVAL CAMPS POSITION THEMSELVES OVER GUL PRESIDENTIAL BID

The Nationalist Action Party (MHP), with 70 seats in the new Turkish parliament, has indicated that it has no serious objection to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, becoming president (Today’s Zaman, August 2). The party is expected to... MORE

TURKEY AT THE INTERSECTION OF ISLAM AND KEMALISM

Tuesday’s announcement of the re-nomination of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul for the post of president of Turkey puts the nation’s fiercely secularist military only one step away from reporting to an Islamist politician. Yet the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) must still see... MORE

AKP OPTS FOR CONFRONTATION, NAMES GUL AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

On August 13, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) opted for confrontation rather than conciliation by announcing that Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will be its candidate in Turkey’s forthcoming presidential election (NTV, CNNTurk, August 13). The announcement put an end to weeks of speculation... MORE

TURKEY REFUSES TO BACK DOWN ON IRAN ENERGY DEAL

The Turkish government has reiterated its determination to press ahead with massive investment in the Iranian energy sector, despite U.S. opposition. On August 12 Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler announced that Turkey was determined to implement the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed with... MORE

IRAQI DIPLOMACY LIKELY TO FORESTALL TURKISH INCURSION

On Tuesday, August 7, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) between Iraq and Turkey. The memorandum does not commit Baghdad to take many of the concrete actions against the Iraq-based Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) forces that Turkey wanted (Today’s Zaman,... MORE