Turkish-Soviet relations expanded from economic to military affairs only when the U.S. Congress imposed an arms embargo on Ankara in 1975. The White House and the State Department opposed actions that would alienate a NATO ally, but Congress sought to punish Turkey for its operation on Cyprus in 1974. Today more sanctions from the Trump administration, especially if they are cast broadly enough to significantly harm the Turkish economy, will dramatically strengthen anti-Americanism.
The date of October 30 in Turkey is known as the day the city of Kars was "liberated from enemy occupation". When the army under the command of Kazım Karabekir captured the city in 1920, Kars became Turkish soil and the city's fate changed for good. The parties that were affected the most during this process were the Armenians and the Yezidis.
ISIS remains a big question mark for Europe and especially Germany because Turkey's operation against the Kurds is turning ISIS into an acute problem for Europe.
Since its establishment in Aug. 2016, Gazete Duvar has been one of the most successful examples of a new wave of soul-searching in Turkey’s media. We now have the honor of joining the family with a new online publication in English which intends to bring a new breath for Turkey-watchers throughout the world.
According to official figures, Turkey has suffered an employment loss of 465 thousand in its construction sector, 102 thousand in the industrial sector and 254 thousand in wholesale and retail trade. And there is more.
The engineers of Turkey's Syria foray failed to calculate its possible outcomes. The most notable of which is the SDF's necessary alliance with Damascus.Turkey is now faced a state, not just an armed group. In the wake of the YPG-Damascus deal, YPG flags were swiftly replaced with Syrian state flags.
Though European security experts are generally skeptical about a plan Erdoğan presented at the UN General Assembly, it does not mean Germany or France will reject it right away.
Armed militant groups in three different continents have all engaged in peace negotiations. While one can discern a pattern in these processes, respective factors such as international relations, supra-state actors, the political conjuncture, civil society and the media also play a crucial role.
Four American congresswoman are changing the dynamics of US politics with their progressive policies. The clues they provide for the future of global politics may affect Turkey's political soul-searching.
Dialogue is the sine qua non for understanding. Assessment through dialogue can help achieve this end. For now, if the basic dynamics of problems on the agenda are evaluated, a clear lack of justice is apparent.
It is clear the the Turkish democratic powers and Kurdish politic movement who organize democratic/civilian opposition, objection and resistance; who are trying to accelerate a democratic republic, do not need a brotherhood under 'Islam flag' nor encouragement for it.
The 15-minute rap bombshell 'Susamam' that was posted in social media last week reminded all of us that words and music can still be used to express certain issues, that courage could erupt from the least expected place and, most importantly, it showed us where our hearts were.