Turkey News

Turkey's Turmoil: Why Erdogan and the Kurds Are Both to Blame

Sep 25, 2015
In sum, the solution to the Kurdish problem, always predicated upon the expansion of the democratic space in Turkey, is foundering precisely because both Erdogan and the PKK have little regard for democracy.

Erdogan’s Great Losing Gamble

Sep 14, 2015
These are unusual times in Turkey. This is not just because Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a new round of voting after the June 7 general election, in which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002 or because of the renewed violence with the Kurds. These are also unusual times because there is a great deal of confusion in Ankara: Who actually runs the country, the Prime Minister or the President?

IPC-Wilson Center Turkey Papers: Transatlantic Security, NATO and Turkey

Aug 04, 2015
In the second installment of the Istanbul Policy Center-Wilson Center Turkey Papers, “Transatlantic Security, NATO and Turkey,” Gulnur Aybet explores Turkey’s unique position in NATO and its developing role in transatlantic security cooperation.

Turkey after Elections: Iranian Nuclear Deal, Kurdish Peace Process and the Fight against DAESH

Aug 03, 2015
Global Fellow Bülent Aras and Fuat Keyman, Director of the Istanbul Policy Center, discuss the changes in Turkey’s political climate and the implications of forming a coalition government following elections in June.

Henri Barkey Discusses ISIS and Turkey on Charlie Rose

Jul 31, 2015
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey discusses ISIS and Turkey with Ambassador Francis Ricciardone, Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations, and David L. Philips, author of "The Kurdish Spring" on Charlie Rose.

What’s Behind Turkey’s U-Turn on the Islamic State?

Jul 29, 2015
After years of disagreement, the U.S. and Turkey are preparing to fight together in Syria. Henri Barkey explains Ankara's change of heart.

Turkey blames ISIS for suicide bombing

Jul 20, 2015
"If there is one group in the Middle East that has managed to bloody ISIS seriously, it has been the Syrian Kurds. Therefore, ISIS has an incentive in hurting the Kurds wherever they are, whether it is in Turkey or in Syria," says Henri Barkey in this interview on CNN.

Global Europe Program and Istanbul Policy Center Launch Publication Series

Jan 09, 2015
The Global Europe Program is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative publication series between the Wilson Center and the Istanbul Policy Center: the IPC-Wilson Center Turkey Papers. In the inaugural publication in the series, Kemal Kirişci discusses “TTIP’s Enlargement and the Case of Turkey.” Kirişci argues that Turkey’s inclusion in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would be economically and geo-strategically advantageous for all parties involved.

The Vortex

Dec 05, 2014
"Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey some forty miles from the Syrian border, has become a bustling hub at the center of the Middle East’s latest conflict. It’s a destination for spies and refugees, insurgent fighters and rebel leaders, foreign-aid workers and covert jihadists—all enmeshed in Syria’s multisided war," writes Robin Wright.

Jane Harman on The Daily Rundown

Oct 20, 2014
Jane Harman comments on the developing ISIL situation; what might happen if ISIL did, in fact, obtain three fighter jets, the power and success of the Kurdish fighters, and the role that Turkey has played in the conflict.