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    Turkey: Erdogan Government’s War on Media

    Hundreds of brave journalists in Turkey took to the streets of Istanbul this week to protest new laws tightening censorship of the Internet. In early February, Azerbaijani journalist Mahir Zeynalov was expelled from Turkey for the crime of “insulting the prime minister” in a Twitter post, the first since 1995 … More

    Erdogan’s Turkey Goes Soft on Terrorism

    There is mounting evidence that longtime U.S. ally Turkey has gone soft on terrorism since the rise to power of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan, whom President Obama claims is a close “personal friend” and “outstanding partner,” has turned a blind eye to the activities of terrorists who support … More

    Turkey No Model for Muslim Democracy

    President Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week to discuss, among other things, Syria, free speech, and the excessive police tactics the regime used to quell recent protests against Erdogan’s policies. Violent clashes between protesters and security forces have already resulted in 24 arrests and … More

    Turkish Protests Undermine Erdogan and His Foreign Policy

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has badly mishandled mushrooming protests, which could obstruct his political ambitions and constrain his latitude on foreign policy issues. The protests, which were initially triggered on May 28 by Erdogan’s plans to uproot trees in Gezi Park in Istanbul, quickly snowballed into nationwide anti-government … More

    Turkey: Erdogan’s Reality Check

    Has Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally worn out his welcome? The anti-government protests that began last Friday in Taksim Square against Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian leadership could become the start of a “Turkish Spring.” At the very least, if Erdogan does not implement serious reforms and address the widespread … More

    Despite “Pivot” to Asia, Kerry Forced to Return to Middle East

    Although the Obama Administration has proclaimed its intention to “pivot” toward Asia, Secretary of State John Kerry has been forced to pivot back to the Middle East in advance of his forthcoming trip to Asia. Kerry was originally slated to travel to South Korea, Japan, and China following the April … More

    Congressmen Talk Turkey

    At a Washington, DC, press conference held by Members of Congress in support of Israel, Turkey received its taste of changing attitudes on Capitol Hill after sponsoring a flotilla to breach Israel’s blockade of the terrorist organization Hamas-run Gaza strip. Congressmen warned that Turkey’s break from its traditionally warm relations … More

    Turkey's Dangerous Turn Against the West

    Turkey may no longer be the friend the United States once knew. The Washington Post reports that thousands gathered in Istanbul on Saturday, shouting “Damn Israel!” in protest of the clash between Israeli forces and “peace activists” on a Turkish-flagged ship. The protest, together with dangerous shifts in Turkey’s foreign … More