Author: Kathryn Schmidt

Kathryn is in her second year at McGill pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. She is most interested in international politics, trade relations and Turkey’s increasing geopolitical importance.

Making Amends: U.S. Military Talks Turkey

America’s former ambassador to Turkey, James Jeffrey, once noted, “you have to deal with the Turkey you have, rather than the one you’d like to have,” underscoring the importance of America’s critical Middle Eastern ally regardless of its leaders’ ideological leanings.…

The Turkey-Russia Rapprochement

Nearly a month following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, we have seen neither a Russian démarche nor a reprisal against the Turkish government for the security oversight that allowed the gunman to enter the Ankara art…

Erdoğan’s Gamble

Whilst the West has been caught in a whirl of angst and apprehension following the results of the American election, arguably more concerning changes to the international balance of power have been unfolding in the Near East. In his most recent…

Erdoğan’s Gülen Problem

Last week, leaders from around the world convened in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly. As predicted, discussion centred upon the most pressing issues the international community continues to face: sustainable political solutions to the Syrian Civil…

Migrants, Terror and Turkey

After undergoing significant modifications since it was first announced in November of 2015, the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan has officially gone into effect as of Monday, April 4. The controversial accord has provided for the first wave of deportations of…

Joint Action Plan?

You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land… London-based poet Warsan Shire’s “Home” has captured audiences around the world. Each stanza is poignant, carefully crafted with an…

Negotiating with the Schengen’s Gatekeeper: Turkey and the European Migrant Crisis

Europe is experiencing a migrant crisis of tremendous magnitude, the largest it has experienced since the Second World War. According to the International Organization for Migration, since 2011 4.6 million Syrians have fled their war-torn homeland to seek refuge in…

Erdogan’s Balancing Act

As the new year unfolds, Turkey—under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan—will continue to hold an increasingly significant role within European, Middle Eastern and global affairs. Since the monumental AKP victory in the Fall of 2015, Erdogan has artfully navigated…

The Age of Erdogan: Why Turkey Voted AKP

The results of Turkey’s recent parliamentary election were anything but ordinary. Within the past five months, the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party has successfully recovered from this summer’s inconclusive election in which the party lost its majority standing. Since…