Tag: Erdogan

Adnan Tanrıverdi and the Ascent of Turkey’s Hardliners

In August 2016, as branches of the Turkish government faced significant restructuring following July’s botched putsch, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan picked retired Brigadier General Adnan Tanrıverdi as his top security advisor. Tanrıverdi, the owner of SADAT International Defense Consultancy, has…

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.…

A Democracy in Dissolution

It is interesting to note that in Turkish there are two words for peace. The first, barış, denotes reconciliation and togetherness. The second, huzur, has connotations of tranquility and stability, but not harmony or justice. This latter is the word…

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…

Turkey’s Military: On the Outs

Outside of Ankara, construction crews work to build new military headquarters far removed from their old location next to the federal buildings. The move is one of many consequences of the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey last July. With fears of…

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…

A Night on the Bosphorus Bridge

As the world watched the attempted coup d’état in Turkey utterly fail in a chaotic struggle, President Recep Erdogan had already rejoiced in his newly risen opportunity for power extension. The Turkish military, long seen as the guardian of Turkey’s…

The Kurdish Spring 100 Years After Sykes-Picot

As the world marked the centenary of the Sykes-Picot agreement last week, the future of borders in the Middle East was the cynosure of all eyes. The legacy of great powers interfering in the affairs of states in the region is…