Erdogan's insistence on delivery of the Russian-made missiles, a $2.5 billion waste of money, has invited severe U.S. retaliation - and turned Turkey from an ally of NATO into its antagonist
Simon A. Waldman
Dr Simon A. Waldman is a Mercator-IPC fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center and a visiting research fellow at King's College London. He is the co-author of the recently published The New Turkey and Its Discontents (Oxford University Press, 2017). Twitter: @simonwaldman1
Opinion Erdogan Lost Istanbul. Now He’ll Use All His Power to Bring Down Turkey’s Newly Confident Opposition
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The Turkish pro-democracy opposition desperately needs to defeat Erdogan. But not by building up their candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, as an infallible 'savior'
The anti-Erdogan opposition needs to win big time to avoid another disqualification. But it's facing the full wrath and intimidation of the AKP's machine, and a president who's left democracy behind
Two opposition parties - one mercilessly suppressed, the other subject to underhand attacks - broke 17 years of ‘invincible’ Erdogan in local elections. But the Turkish president’s still got plenty of support – and power
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Erdogan, who rose out of a party whose leader compared Jews to bacteria, likes to name-drop 'The Mastermind': a Jewish conspiracy preventing Turkey taking its rightful place as a world superpower. No surprise, then, that he's now targeting Soros
After crises over Syria, Kurdish fighters, Russian missiles, beating up protestors, Iran sanctions-busting and jailing clerics, Trump ratcheted up the pressure on Erdogan, forcing Turkey to compromise. In dealing with belligerent authoritarian strongmen, it takes one to know one
Two of the world's biggest suppressors of freedom of expression are about to go head to head over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, while the West, keen to keep Riyadh's billions onside, will only muster a silent displeasure, a whisper in a thunderstorm
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He's jailed the opposition, controls the media and enjoys autocratic political powers: Erdogan’s never lost an election. And he’ll make sure it stays that way
Turkey and the West no longer share any strategic interests. In fact, Ankara regards the West as a key security threat
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Turkey's belligerent response to the Kurdish referendum is predictable, but it's still shortsighted and wrong
In Turkey’s schools, creationists are now far ahead of their American peers. And there's a characteristic anti-Jewish twist
The power-centralizing referendum result was an unmitigated tragedy for democracy in Turkey. So why is the ex-pat Turkish elite, usually such astute commentators, so strangely unwilling to admit it?
Will Erdogan’s vocal, consistent opposition to the Assad regime, which has significant popular support, be the second victim of the Andrey Karlov assassination?
With a security apparatus critically weakened by his own post-coup purges, President Erdogan offers Turkish citizens one 'compensation': That victims should be considered martyrs.
For years, the EU believed talks with Turkey over membership granted them leverage to curb its descent into authoritarianism. That was a European delusion.
With three years to go before any further elections and legitimized by the failed coup, Erdogan and the AKP now have free rein to purge their critics and cement an authoritarian regime.
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