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One Year After Turkey’s Coup Attempt

Nicholas Danforth / Blog July 10, 2017

July 15 and its aftermath put an already tense relationship between Turkey and the U.S.under even greater strain

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Terror Attacks in Turkey: What You Need to Know

Jessica Michek / Blog March 23, 2016

The March 19 suicide bombing in Istanbul occurred only six days after another attack in Ankara—each perpetrated by a different group with a different motive.

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Escalating Terror in Ankara Poisons Hopes for Peace

Nicholas Danforth / Blog March 14, 2016

Whoever was behind this attack, it has left many in Turkey worried that they are entering a new era in which political violence has become depressingly commonplace.

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ISIS: Turkey’s Ticking Bomb

Blaise Misztal, Nicholas Danforth / Blog January 12, 2016

The rhetoric of Turkey’s president has sought to present his party and the country as besieged by enemies. It now appears his paranoia is transforming into reality.

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Turkey Targets Kurds First, ISIS Second

Jessica Michek, Blaise Misztal / Blog October 28, 2015

Turkey has demonstrated that it has very different priorities—less than one percent of its airstrikes targeted ISIS and the rest targeted Kurdish forces.

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Who Oversees Turkey’s Elections?

Jessica Michek / Blog June 4, 2015

In disputes, Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Board effectively acts as the court of last resort, with its decisions exempt from any kind of judicial review.

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Recent Flurry of World Leader Visits to Turkey

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog December 18, 2014

As the United States and its allies battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Vice President Joseph Biden, Pope Francis, and Russian President Vladimir Putin have all visited Turkey.

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Who’s Fighting ISIS? Kurdish Forces in the Regional Conflict

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog September 24, 2014

The outsize role of Kurdish fighters in the conflict and the potential that the U.S.-led coalition will arm and cooperate with them is one reason Turkey cites for refraining from joining the fray.

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Coalition of the Reluctant: Turkey Wavers on Countering ISIS

Blaise Misztal / Blog September 10, 2014

While the nation waits for President Barack Obama to announce his strategy for dealing with the threat posed by ISIS, U.S. officials have been traveling the globe, seeking out partners to help shoulder the burden.

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Ceasefire Ceased? New Kurdish Tensions Complicate Turkey’s Presidential Election and Foreign Policy

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog June 13, 2014

The ceasefire negotiated last year between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers Party, one of the government’s major accomplishments, is now in danger of collapsing as discontent grows over the lack of progress toward a lasting peace deal. This has serious implications for Turkish politics because the Kurds are an important voting bloc in Turkey that could help determine the winner of August’s presidential elections.

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