Turkey News

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syria

Nov 24, 2015
Middle East Program Director Henri Barkey comments on Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet, calling it a “dangerous escalation.”

Paris, and Turkish Policy in Syria

Nov 19, 2015
The Paris attacks have not only undermined Turkey’s position on a number of fronts—including the Syrian conflict, U.S. demands for a more aggressive position on the Islamic State, collaboration with Syrian Kurds, and the refugee crisis—but have also eclipsed President Erdogan’s plans to showcase his and Turkey’s growing influence at the recent G20 meeting in Anatalya.

Turkey’s Election Recap

Nov 10, 2015
In what was a surprise to most, Turkey’s elections resulted in a decisive win for the ruling party.

Turkey’s Elections, the Syrian Crisis, and the US

Nov 04, 2015
Fresh off his party’s stunning election victory, will Erdogan get in the way of U.S. plans, or work with Washington toward a grand bargain on Syria and Iraq?

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.