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Recent Developments a Grim Tableau of Politics in Turkey

Nicholas Danforth / Blog May 20, 2016

A divided opposition, politicized judiciary, and compliant media helps ensure Erdogan’s power remains effectively unchallenged.

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Turkey’s One-Man Show: Erdogan’s Agenda After Davutoglu

National Security / May 16, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

What does Davutoğlu’s resignation mean for the future of Turkey? How will Erdoğan’s consolidation of power play out in the broader Middle East?

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Turkey’s Davutoglu Leaves as He Led: Compliantly

Nicholas Danforth / Blog May 5, 2016

Turkish foreign policy under Erdoğan is not only likely to be more erratic and personalized but, as importantly, it will almost certainly look more erratic and personalized.

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Debate Over Syrian Kurds at Peace Talks Reveal Complex Ties

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 2, 2016

Whether the Syrian Kurds would attend the talks is perhaps most interesting for what it reveals about the relationship among the U.S., Turkey, and Moscow.

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Biden’s Turkey Visit: Stalemate on Syria, Step Forward on Democracy

Jessica Michek / Blog February 1, 2016

Washington and Ankara’s failure to see eye-to-eye will likely hamper attempts in the longer-term both to degrade and destroy ISIS and reach a peaceful transition in Syria.

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Turkey’s Ruling Party Makes Major Changes Ahead of November Election

Jessica Michek / Blog October 16, 2015

While President Erdogan would like to purge the party of any elements that are not loyal to his leadership, he doesn’t think that he can win without them.

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Erdogan Seeks ‎to Reclaim Power in Early Elections

National Security / Blog August 24, 2015

Under AKP rule, Turkey has been on a downward democratic trajectory, which is poised to continue if the party regains its majority in the upcoming election.

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Turkey’s President Erdogan Tries to Politically Disarm Kurds

Jessica Michek / Blog August 6, 2015

For Erdoğan and his party, which lost its parliamentary majority during the June 7 elections, beheading the pro-Kurdish HDP serves a political purpose.

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Turkey’s Post-Election Process Inches Toward Early Elections

National Security / Blog July 23, 2015

Because of Erdoğan’s ties to the AKP, critics argue that he is stalling the process in order to force a snap election and maintain the party’s grip on power.

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Turkish Posturing on Syrian Border Raises Questions About Intervention

Blaise Misztal / Blog July 7, 2015

There is reason to believe that Turkey is interested in reversing recent tactical gains made by the Syrian Kurdish forces.

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