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  • Hair Today, Prime Minister Tomorrow

    By Dr. Soner Cagaptay | 24 August 2010 Turkey has nearly a year to go before it holds elections, but one outcome seems certain: the country’s next prime minister will wear a moustache. Over the past two decades a streak of hair between the nose and upper lip has gone from a sign of manhood to a

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  • How Conspiracy Theories Spread

    By Soner Cagaptay, Jaclyn Blumenfeld, and Burc Ozcelik | 01 August 2010 How and why do conspiracy theories spread in Turkey? Recent developments are a case in point, demonstrating the role of government rhetoric in spreading such theories, as well as anti-Western sentiments. Lately, Turkey has experienced a spike in Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, terror attacks,

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  • Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Direction: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations

    By Michael Rubin | 28 July 2010 House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Berman, Ranking Member Ros-Lehtinen, Honorable Members. Thank you for this opportunity to testify. Prime Minister Erdoğan, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) have changed Turkey fundamentally. They do not simply seek good relations with their Arab neighbors and Iran. Instead, they favor the most

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  • Statement of Dr. Ian Lesser

    By Ian Lesser | 28 July 2010 House Committee on Foreign Affairs Mr. Chairman, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to share my views on Turkey’s evolving foreign policy and the implications for American interests and strategy. With your permission, I will offer a brief summary of my remarks. Let me also note that these are

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  • Turkey and the United States: How To Go Forward (and Not Back)

     Statement for the Record By The Honourable Ross Wilson | 28 July 2010   House Committee on Foreign Affairs Mr. Chairman, thank you very much for the honor of being invited to speak at this hearing on Turkey and U.S. Turkish relations. Turkey is a fascinating, sometimes frustrating, often confusing and very important country in a key

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  • Statement of Soner Cagaptay, Ph.D.

    By Soner Cagaptay | 28 July 2010 House Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives Hearing on “Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Direction: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations”   Thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, for inviting me to this timely and important hearing on Turkey at this crucial juncture in U.S.-Turkish relations. I will present

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  • Chairman Berman’s opening statement at hearing, “Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Direction: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations”

    By Howard L. Berman | 28 July 2010 The purpose of this hearing is to gain insight into the changes in the foreign-policy direction of our long-time ally Turkey. Now the sixteenth-largest economy in the world, Turkey is a complex country, endowed by geography with circumstances that connect Turkey to developments in at least a half-dozen regions

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  • The AKP’s Hamas Policy III: Countering Radicalization

    By Soner Cagaptay | 9 July 2010 For Turks today, after seven years of propaganda, Hamas appears to be a good organization as it has been a guest in Istanbul seven times and has had multiple contacts with the government. It even has fundraisers in Turkey. Therefore, one should not expect today that the Turks would oppose

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  • The AKP’s Hamas Policy II: “Us vs. Them”

    By Soner Cagaptay | 5 July 2010 At home, the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has promoted the Islamist mindset of “us Muslims” in conflict with “the bad others” through the media and also by spreading Hamas’ views throughout Turkey, whether through official Hamas visits to Turkey or through AKP-supported conferences and fundraisers.   Recent changes

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  • The AKP’s Hamas Policy I: How Turkey Turned

    By Dr. Soner Cagaptay | 29 June 2010 Turkey has not traditionally boasted strong popular support for Hamas, or any other groups with a violent Islamist agenda. Turks generally have had an attitude of benign indifference towards their country’s ties with Israel. Lately though, this is changing. Whereas anti-Israeli demonstrations would have typically attracted only a few

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  • Let’s not Forget History’s Lessons

    By Prof. Bulent Gokay | 14 July 2010 Reply to Dr. Cagaptay’s Article (Turkey Lost Turkey) “When Ataturk established the CHP in the 1920s, his vision was to make Turkey European”[1].  Yes it was a truly commendable achievement for Mustafa Kemal and the other leading founders of the Turkish Republic to establish an independent state in 1923.  Just

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  • Turkey Lost Turkey

    By Soner Cagaptay | 12 July 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama last week partly blamed the European Union for supposedly driving Turkey away from the West by stalling the country’s EU accession. Mr. Obama is confusing cause and effect. The real problem is that the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) doesn’t share the dream of

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  • The Bigger Picture: Israel-Turkey Relations in Context

    By Dr. Guy Burton | 20 June 2010 The fallout from the Gaza flotilla debacle at the end of May provides an opportunity to consider the relative positions of Israel and Turkey both regionally and globally. The furore has reinforced the image of Israel as a growing liability for American and European interests and highlighted the increasing

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  • Turkey Still Needs The West

    By Walter Russell Mead | 15 June 2010 In an earlier post, I wrote about the emergence of Turkey and Brazil on the world stage.  Since then, the ‘terrible twins’ voted against the Security Council’s latest set of (almost certainly ineffective) sanctions against Iran.  The Obama administration had worked hard to get both countries on board; their

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  • Terrible Twins: Turkey, Brazil and the Future of American Foreign Policy

    By Walter Russell Mead | 05 June 2010   These days, there’s an unusual spectacle in world affairs.  The United States has relatively good relations with the major powers: China, the EU states, India and even Russia are all more or less working together.  But two middle powers, Turkey and Brazil, are not only asserting themselves more

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