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Turkey Charting Unexpected Course on Iran-Saudi Conflict

Nicholas Danforth / Blog January 21, 2016

Turkey appears to be making a greater effort to stay neutral and avoid antagonizing its neighbors than it has in the recent past.

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An Overview of ISIS Threat and U.S. Response

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog September 25, 2014

ISIS threatens to dismember Iraq and create a Sunni Islamist state that could launch military operations at other neighboring states—including Lebanon and Jordan.

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President Erdoğan? Turkish Prime Minister Announces Presidential Candidacy

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog July 1, 2014

On August 10, Turkey will hold its first direct presidential election. On the last possible day for candidate registration, July 1, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the much-anticipated announcement that he will run for president—a post that he has long coveted. 

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Turkish Opposition’s Electoral Strategy: Challenge Erdoğan on his Own Turf

National Security / Blog June 18, 2014

On June 16, Turkey’s two main opposition parties, the social democratic Republican People’s Party and the rightist Nationalist Action Party, decided to nominate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as a joint candidate in the presidential elections scheduled for August 10. 

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Democracy, Memory and Responsibility: An Interview with General Wojciech Jaruzelski

Blaise Misztal / Blog May 29, 2014

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Polish leader who passed away on May 25, 2014, was a paradox, a man torn between two worlds. He was the brutal enforcer of a totalitarian system and yet, eventually, tacitly consented to that system’s demise. But as a pivotal player in and witness to one of the most successful democratic transitions of the last quarter century, he also had a unique and still relevant perspective.

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4 Critical Issues to Watch in Turkey Following Local Elections

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek / Blog April 30, 2014

Turkey’s March 30 local election, with the ruling Justice and Development Party earning 45.5 percent of the vote, revealed a country deeply divided. How Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan interprets these results will determine how he approaches the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections and whether he pursues a policy of conflict or compromise: continuing the repressive practices that characterized the lead-up to the local elections or abandoning them now that he’s secured his party’s rule.

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Back to Zero Problems? Recent Developments in Turkey’s Foreign Policy

National Security / Research April 3, 2014

American policymakers should squarely face the challenges confronting Turkey, as well as their implications for greater U.S.-Turkish cooperation.

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