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    Contemporary Turkey in conflict: How ethnic, political and religious conflicts will define Turkey’s future

Contemporary Turkey in conflict: How ethnic, political and religious conflicts will define Turkey’s future

Since 2015, Turkey has experienced a wave of terrorist attacks, political unrest, and a failed coup attempt. Drawing on research in a new book, Tahir Abbas writes on the radical changes that have occurred in Turkey during the 21st century and the conflicts that are now shaping the country’s future.

Thinking about the nation of Turkey conjures up all sorts […]

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    The murder of Russia’s ambassador shows Turkey in the worst possible light

The murder of Russia’s ambassador shows Turkey in the worst possible light

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead on 19 December at an art gallery in Ankara. Dimitar Bechev states that although the incident was shocking, it is unlikely to disrupt the recent thawing of relations between the two countries. But the incident nevertheless shows Turkey in the worst possible light and will provide an opportunity for Russia […]

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Experts react: EU Enlargement and EU progress reports 2016

What does the future hold for EU Enlargement? Our contributors reflect on this year’s European Commission reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries, framing it within the wider political and economic context of each country. (If you are interested in how this compares to last year’s reports, the 2015 expert reactions are available here).

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Estimating the economic cost of Turkey’s PKK conflict

Turkey’s conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has had a deeply negative effect on the regions most affected by the violence. But what has the overall economic cost been to Turkey as a whole? Fırat Bilgel and Burhan Can Karahasan present the key factors that have underpinned the issue and calculate that Turkish GDP could have been 14 […]

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    Turkey’s failed coup has firmly tightened Erdoğan’s grip on power

Turkey’s failed coup has firmly tightened Erdoğan’s grip on power

What does the attempted coup in Turkey mean for the country’s politics moving forward? Dimitar Bechev writes that on the one hand the failure of the coup illustrates the extent to which Turkey has become ‘civilianised’, with citizens less willing to accept the military interfering in politics. However, the net effect of the coup will be to greatly strengthen […]

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Brexit Ambassador series: The view from Turkey

If Britain chose to leave the European Union, it would not only have an effect inside the UK, but also on the rest of Europe. In the final month of the referendum campaign, we will be featuring comments from some of Europe’s Ambassadors to the UK on how they view a potential Brexit. Abdurrahman Bilgiç, the Turkish Ambassador, explains […]

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    Never mind Brexit scaremongering – Turkey is a long way from joining the EU

Never mind Brexit scaremongering – Turkey is a long way from joining the EU

There have been competing claims within the context of the UK’s EU referendum campaign over the prospect of Turkey joining the EU in the near future. David Phinnemore and Erhan İçener argue that the notion Turkey is close to joining the EU has been overstated by those campaigning for a Brexit, and that regardless of the merits of Turkey’s application for membership, […]

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    Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s relations with Europe are in flux following Ahmet Davutoğlu’s resignation

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, announced his resignation on 5 May. Didem Buhari-Gulmez writes that the resignation reflected a wider split within Turkey over the need for security-oriented policies, the validity of the deal between Turkey and the EU over refugees, and the aim of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to move the country toward a presidential political system.  […]

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    Bargaining bodies: The EU’s deal with Turkey has sacrificed Europe’s principles to appease domestic politics

Bargaining bodies: The EU’s deal with Turkey has sacrificed Europe’s principles to appease domestic politics

The EU and Turkey have agreed on the broad elements of a deal to help stem the flow of people across the Turkish border into the EU. Assessing the content of the agreement, Rebecca Bryant writes that the EU is on the brink of making a costly mistake for the sake of domestic expediency. She argues that rather than […]

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    Nato’s new migrant mission in the Aegean is a victory for Turkey and proof of Europe’s strategic irrelevance

Nato’s new migrant mission in the Aegean is a victory for Turkey and proof of Europe’s strategic irrelevance

A plan to deploy Nato ships in the Aegean sea to tackle people smugglers operating between Turkey and Greece was agreed in early February. Angelos Chryssogelos writes that the new mission will do little to influence the dynamics of the migration crisis, with effective management of the problem still reliant on Turkish cooperation. He also argues that by signing […]

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    Turkey’s academic petition affair: How Erdoğan’s attacks on critical academics are likely to bolster his support

Turkey’s academic petition affair: How Erdoğan’s attacks on critical academics are likely to bolster his support

A recent petition by Turkish academics criticising military operations in Kurdish-dominated areas of the country has generated substantial criticism from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other Turkish political figures. Sezin Öney argues that the affair, which has raised questions about the nature of academic freedom in Turkey, represents an attempt by Erdoğan to bolster his support among nationalist voters […]

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    The clash between Putin and Erdoğan represents a turning point in Russian-Turkish relations

The clash between Putin and Erdoğan represents a turning point in Russian-Turkish relations

Russian-Turkish relations have deteriorated sharply in the aftermath of Turkey shooting down a Russian aircraft in November. Didem Buhari-Gulmez assesses how the situation is likely to develop in the coming months. She writes that there is little consensus over what the lasting implications will be for relations between the two countries, with both Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]

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Experts react: EU progress reports 2015

On 10 November, a month later than usual, the European Commission released its annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. We asked seven experts in the region to give their responses to the key points raised for each state. (If you are interested in how this compares to last year’s reports, the 2014 […]

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    Views on the UK’s renegotiation: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

Views on the UK’s renegotiation: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

Britain’s forthcoming referendum on its membership of the EU is being followed not only in the EU but also around the world. How might the rest of the world view a British exit from the EU? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP has been running a series of views from […]

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    Turkish elections: Why the EU may come to regret its support for Erdoğan

Turkish elections: Why the EU may come to regret its support for Erdoğan

Turkey held national elections on 1 November, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan managing to regain the absolute majority in parliament that it had lost in elections in June. Ranj Alaaldin writes that while Erdoğan has successfully reasserted his control over Turkish politics, the tactics he adopted following the June elections […]

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    Turkish elections: Why Turkey’s opposition should remain hopeful despite Erdoğan’s victory

Turkish elections: Why Turkey’s opposition should remain hopeful despite Erdoğan’s victory

Turkey held a parliamentary election on 1 November, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan winning back the absolute majority of seats in parliament that it had lost in elections earlier this year. Firat Cengiz writes that while the results appear a substantial blow for the Turkish opposition, there remain reasons for […]

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    The EU’s dirty deal with Turkey: why the refugee agreement could have dangerous consequences

The EU’s dirty deal with Turkey: why the refugee agreement could have dangerous consequences

EU leaders have proposed a deal with Turkey under which the country would receive financial assistance and other concessions in exchange for limiting the flow of refugees across Turkey’s borders into the EU. Rebecca Bryant writes that while Turkey undoubtedly requires money to help manage the crisis, the EU should not view the deal as a simple way to […]

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    Turkey’s war against peace: why the EU should rethink its support for Erdoğan

Turkey’s war against peace: why the EU should rethink its support for Erdoğan

On 10 October a bomb attack on a rally in Ankara killed almost 100 people. Esra Ozyurek and Bilgin Ayata write that against the backdrop of renewed hostilities between Kurdish groups and Turkish security forces, the bombing may prove to be a lasting blow for hope of a permanent reconciliation in the country. They argue that the EU should […]

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    Turkey’s repeat elections in November are unlikely to ease the country’s political tensions

Turkey’s repeat elections in November are unlikely to ease the country’s political tensions

Turkey will hold elections on 1 November, with the campaign being marred by a bomb attack during a political rally in Ankara on 10 October which killed almost 100 people. Sezin Öney writes that the election, which follows an earlier election in June that failed to produce a majority for any one party, is unlikely to ease growing political […]

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    A web of unholy alliances: How the US has indirectly aided Ankara’s attempts to undermine the Kurds in Syria and Turkey

A web of unholy alliances: How the US has indirectly aided Ankara’s attempts to undermine the Kurds in Syria and Turkey

Turkey committed itself to conducting operations against Islamic State following a suicide bombing in the town of Suruç in July. However, as Bill Park writes, the country has faced criticism over its decision to link operations to attacks carried out against Kurdish forces. He notes that the complex nature of Turkey’s involvement in the conflict has indirectly allied the […]

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