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Justin Vela

Turkey: Spy Agency a Key Partner for Prime Minister Erdoğan

Turkey's mysterious National Intelligence Organization has emerged as an important component in...

Turkey: Tea farming to be privatized?

Turkish tea farming was for decades a government-supported endeavor. Now, the private...

Turkey: Could US bombing of Syria Sidetrack Kurdish Peace Process?

Turkish government officials and Kurdish militants are divided when it comes to...

Turkey: What Future For Coal Mining?

Coal mining is among the more hazardous occupations in Turkey, underscored by...

Turkey: When Erdoğan Looks at Egypt’s Morsi, Does He See Himself?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is critical of Egypt’s military for...

Turkey: Gezi Park Coverage Costing Journalists Their Jobs

The recent dismissals of several high-profile journalists in Turkey are sending a...

Turkey: Protests Can’t Alter Ankara’s Syria Policy

Turkey's support for rebels in neighboring Syria is helping to fuel anti-government...

Turkey: From Project to Project, from Protest to Protest

Even as Istanbul residents celebrated the reopening of Gezi Park, the small...

Turkey: Will Tourism Prove Another Victim of Police Violence?

With the summer vacation season getting underway in Turkey, experts are wondering...

Turkey: Protests Taking New Shape

Despite smothering government pressure, critics of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan...

Turkey: Protests Reverberate in Anatolian Heartland

In using strong-armed tactics against his critics in Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister...

Turkey: Where Will the Protest Movement Go?

The mass protests that have swept Turkey in recent days seem to...

Georgia: Gülen Schools Flourishing

When the topics of conversation turn to Turkey and Islam, tempers can...

Turkey: Sex Education Remains Taboo Topic

As Turks debate the pros and cons of more traditional versus more...

Turkey: Volga Tatar Community Losing Touch with Heritage

The bulbous brass samovar on a table in the Tatar-Turkish village of...

Turkey Photo: Fallout from the Syrian Conflict

An Alawite woman prays in a shrine in Samandag, Turkey on July 13. Alawites,...

Ankara: Now About Art, Not Just Atatürk

Nearly 90 years after its transformation from provincial market town to capital...

Is Turkey Turning Its Back on Atatürk?

For decades, the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Republic of Turkey’s...

Cyprus's Cheesy Divide

As Eurasianet's Justin Vela recently pointed out, the dispute over who has...

Turkey: Cyprus Gas Drilling Could be Geopolitical Accident Waiting to Happen

Energy exploration is adding a new wrinkle to the Turkish-Greek rivalry over...

Turkey: A Peek Inside a Gülen School

With conservative Muslim believers becoming more visible in Turkey these days, a...

Turkey: Ankara Engaged in Energy Balancing Act

On matters of energy security, Turkey is finding itself caught between Iran...

Turkey: Syrian Strife Could Have Unsettling Impact on Southern Province

With the escalation of civil warfare in Syria, the flow of refugees...

Turkey: Kurds Doubting Promise of Political Fresh Start

Before Turkey’s parliamentary elections in June, many Kurdish politicians saw the government’s...

Turkey’s Oldest Political Party Learns to Be Second to One

Finishing a distant second in a Turkish parliamentary election is no easy...

Kyrgyzstan: Islamic Banking Offers Alternative to the “European System”

Islamic banking is getting off to a slow start in Kyrgyzstan. But...

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Is Batken Province Central Asia’s Next Flashpoint?

When the water flows in Batken Province, a hardscrabble patch of southwestern...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Detains Asylum-Seeking Turkish Terror Suspect

When authorities in Kyrgyzstan announce that a terrorism suspect has been detained,...

Kyrgyzstan: Banking on Turkish Trade

Arriving in Kyrgyzstan from Istanbul seven years ago, Orhan Eker found a...