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Dorian Jones

Russia & Turkey: Putin and Erdoğan Make Up in Istanbul, To a Point

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are...

Turkish-Russian Rapprochement Turbocharged by Istanbul Coup Attempt

The recent failed military coup in Istanbul is pushing the Turkish government...

Turkey: Using NATO to Gain Reconciliation with Russia?

After talking a blue streak about using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Turkey, Russia: Ties Worsen Over Downed Turkish Helicopter

Kurdish rebels’ “game-changing” downing of a Turkish attack helicopter with a Russian-made...

Does Turkey See Its Armenian Minority as a Security Threat?

Members of the small ethnic Armenian community in Turkey are feeling increasingly...

Turkey-Russia Antagonism Playing Out in Karabakh

The enmity that has been building between Turkey and Russia is spilling...

Turkey and Russia: History Fuels Rancor

A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Turkey: Is Russia Ready to Play the Kurdish Card?

Amid the free-fall in Russian-Turkish relations, Moscow seems ready to exploit Turkey’s...

Turkey: Could Ankara Go for Russia’s Jugular?

The dogged feud between Turkey and Russia is threatening to resurrect an...

Russia’s ISIS Claims Do Little to Dent Turkey

Propaganda about ISIS oil has become Moscow’s tactical weapon of choice in...

Turkey: What Price Will Ankara Pay for Downing Russian Fighter?

Three days after Turkey’s November 24 downing of a Russian fighter jet,...

Turkey: Lacking Geopolitical Leverage in Russian Relations

Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict is upsetting Turkey’s diplomatic ambitions. Russian...

Turkey: Support for Uighurs Could Undercut Ties with China

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s state visit to China later this month...

Turkey: Parliamentary Elections Give Ethnic Armenians Political Voice

The results of Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary elections denied a majority to...

Turkey: Armenian Church Sues for Lost Property

In a potentially groundbreaking lawsuit, a branch of the Armenian Apostolic Church...

Turkey’s Ethnic Armenians Wary About Future

The upcoming 100th anniversary of the Medz Yeghern, or the “Great Catastrophe,”...

Could Turkey Become the New Ukraine?

The deepening crisis in Ukraine is boosting Turkey’s decade-long efforts to establish itself...

Russia & Turkey: Putin Makes a Pipeline Play, but Will It Pay?

Energy-poor Turkey stands to benefit from Moscow’s surprise decision to drop the...

Turkey’s Kurdish Fears Encourage Inaction against Islamic State

For weeks, idle Turkish tanks have been watching from the hills in...

Turkish Cinema under Political Pressure

From Cannes to Venice, Turkish filmmakers this year h...

Turkey: Striving to Realize Energy Dream

With Ukraine and the Middle East currently engulfed in turmoil, Turkey is...

Turkey: Gezi Spirit Not Easily Subdued

A year after challenging Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s iron grip...

Turkey: Mining Disaster Puts PM in Hot Seat

With presidential elections just three months away, Turkey’s May-13 Soma mine disaster,...

A Further Look at How the Ukraine Crisis is Testing Turkey-Russia Ties

As noted in a  recent post on this blog, Russia's moves regarding...

Ukraine Crisis Puts Strain on Turkey-Russia Ties

The deepening Ukrainian crisis is placing Turkey in a difficult diplomatic position....

Polarization in Turkey Set to Accelerate Under “Teflon Tayyip”

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s apparent landslide victory in Turkey’s recent local...

Turkey: Walking a Tightrope over Crimea

The Russian-Ukrainian crisis over Crimea is forcing Turkey into a delicate balancing...

Turkey: A Conspiratorial State of Mind

As Eurasianet's Dorian Jones pointed out in a recent article, in response...

Troubled Turkey Looks to Conspiracy Theories for Answers

Facing bouts of civil unrest, corruption probes and growing financial and economic...

Turkey: Is a Dark Net Rising?

Cyberspace is becoming a key battleground in a political struggle in Turkey...

Turkey: Corruption Probes Threaten to Derail Economy

The escalating turmoil over corruption allegations against Turkey’s political elite is now...

Turkey: Armenian Church Catalyst for Change in Kurdish Region

A recently restored 13th-century church has become a focal point for ethnic...

Turkey: A Wonder of the World is in Middle of Religious Controversy

A senior Turkish minister’s call to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a...

Turkey: Student-Cohabitation Fight about Rights, Not Religion

Whether or not students of the opposite sex should live together is...

Turkey: Erdoğan Looking For Ways to Keep Economy Humming

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan proudly describes Istanbul’s newly opened Marmaray...

Turkey: Do Ankara’s Reforms Go Far Enough for EU?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described his recent “democratization package” of...

Turkey: Soccer Fans Give New Meaning to Political Football

Turkish soccer fans are taking the lead in İstanbul’s anti-government protests, effectively...

Turkey: Istanbul Redevelopment Plan Threatens Historic Russian Orthodox Church

In June, Turkey experienced the worst anti-government protests in decades over plans...

Turkey: Erdoğan is all in on Repression

With anti-government protests in Turkey showing no signs of subsiding, Prime Minister...

Turkey: Peace, or Just a Pause in Gezi Showdown?

In Turkey, a solution to a two-week-long standoff between the government and...

Turkey: Twitter and Mass Media Become Part of the Story

Mass media and social networks have emerged as fault lines in Turkey’s...

Turkey: Amidst Economic Boom, Popular Gloom

In his EurasiaNet article today, my colleague Dorian Jones argues convincingly that...

Turkey: Prosperity for a Few, Hardship for Many

Having tripled the size of its economy over the past decade, Turkey...

Turkey: Bullying Issue Puts Army on Defensive

For generations, schoolchildren in Turkey learned that “every Turk is a soldier.”...

Turkey: Car-Bombing Could Influence Ankara’s Stance in US Talks

The focus of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s May 16 talks...

Turkey: Ankara Seeks the Return of Looted Antiquities

Turkey's Ministry of Culture is playing hardball with some of the world’s...

Turkey: Is Alcohol Apartheid Coming to Istanbul?

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which concludes August 18, can be...

Turkey: Caught Between Syria’s Kurds and a Hard Spot

In a display of muscle-flexing, Turkish tanks this week carried out military...

Turkey: Will AKP Government Crack Down on Military’s Business Interests?

One of the defining achievements of Justice and Development Party’s tenure in...

Turkey: Could Ankara Make a Switch to a Powerful Presidency?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's expressed desire to create a more...

Turkey: Creationists Want to Airbrush Darwin Out of Evolutionary Picture

As Islam takes on a more visible public profile in Turkey, academia...

Turkey: Public Theaters in the Crosshairs of Culture War

Turkey’s government is embroiled in a bitter dispute with secular-minded actors over...

Turkey: Ankara Seeks to Raise its Profile within NATO?

For most of its 60 years as a member of the North...

Turkey: Twitter Cuts Two Ways

Social media has been a boon for democratization forces around the world,...

Turkey: Museum of Innocence Offers Intimate Look at Troubled Time

More than a decade in the making, Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence, the...

Turkey: On Nuclear Crisis, between Iran and a Hard Place

The last time that Turkey sought to mediate between Iran and the...

Turkey: Child Abuse Scandal Puts Spotlight on Prisons

An unofficial Turkish parliamentary investigation into physical and sexual abuse of Kurdish...

Turkey Goes Retro With Blockbuster Ottoman Film

ISTANBUL -- After the formation of the Turkish secular state on the...

Turkey: Using Pre-Trial Detentions to Silence Critics?

Turkey may be seen by many in the Middle East as a...

Turkey: Film “Zenne Dancer” Examines Risks of Disclosing Sexual Identity

A critically acclaimed film in Turkey about the murder of a gay...

Turkey: Does Dink Trial Verdict Indicate a Revival of Power Politics in Ankara?

Almost a week after the conclusion of a trial concerning the murder...

Turkey: LGBT Rights Movement Gaining Strength

With an annual gay pride march planned for this weekend and a...

Turkey: Ankara Pressing Ahead with Internet Filter Plans

After retaining control of parliament with nearly 50 percent of the vote,...

Turkey: Time Up for a Kurdish Compromise?

Turkey’s June 12 general election saw the pro-Kurdish movement score its biggest-ever...

Turkey: Kurds Boycott Mosques for Language Rights

Tens of thousands of Kurds are taking part in an increasingly potent...

Turkey: AKP Faces Growing Challenge from Kurdish Unrest

With just weeks to go before Turkey’s June 12 parliamentary vote, discontent...

Turkey: Are Ankara Web Regulators Running Amok?

When Apple’s iPad went on sale recently in Turkey it sold out...

Turkey: Ankara Wrestles with the Legacy of its “Dirty War”

As Turkey gears up for a general election in June, the government...

Turkey: Istanbul’s Greek Community Experiencing a Revival

In one of Istanbul's numerous chic cafes in the central Beyoglu district,...

Turkey: Ankara Trying to Project its Brand of Democracy in Muslim World

Political passions in Turkey are rising as Ankara becomes more assertive in...

Unearthing the Past to Get to the Future in Istanbul

When Turkish rail workers began construction on a tunnel that would connect...