Erdoğan’s Kurdish Gambit

Erdoğan’s Kurdish Gambit

In 2015, soon after the Turkish people went to the ballot box, the main Kurdish insurgency group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), ended a ceasefire it had declared two years prior. Just a few months earlier, there had been hope for peace. Even Turkish...
Erdoğan’s Kurdish Gambit

Turkey and the U.S.: A Poisoned Alliance

Ever since the Iraqi Kurds held a referendum (and voted “yes”) on independence on September 25, Turkey has aligned itself with Iran and the Iran-controlled government in Iraq, who view the Kurdish political movement as a major threat. Take the most...
Erdoğan’s Kurdish Gambit

The Turkish Love-Hate Relationship with America

Turks often expose degrees of confusion when asked about their foreign policy preferences. A public opinion poll in the mid-2000s found that most Turks viewed the US as a threat to world security – but the same poll found that Turks expected the US, before every other...
Erdoğan’s Kurdish Gambit

What’s on the Mind of a Muslim ‘Refugee’?

The autumn of 2015 was unusual in almost every way on the north Aegean Greek island of Lesbos from which I am writing. There were tens of thousands of illegal migrants on the island, the native population of which was scarcely 100,000. New refugees arrived every day...