Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Standoff Between Turkey, West Accelerates as Syrian Kurdish City Sacked

Reading Time: 2 minutes After the fall of the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin on March 18, the Turkish operation in Syria has entered a particularly dangerous phase, with relations between the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US fast approaching a make-or-break point.Turkey has set its sights on the next big Kurdish-held city in Syria: Manbij. Read More

Council of Europe, Turkey

Council of Europe Downgrades Turkey as Erdogan Bombs Kurds

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Council of Europe watchdog voted to put Turkey on a human rights monitoring list on Tuesday amid widespread claims of fraud in a controversial referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan authoritarian powers.The amendments to the Turkish constitution that passed by a narrow margin of just under 3 percent “do not comply with our Read More

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Fraud Allegations to Test Turkish President Erdogan’s New Authoritarian Powers

Reading Time: 5 minutes While protests and complaints of fraud are unlikely to overturn Erdogan’s narrow referendum majority, his victory may turn out to be a Pyrrhic one. Keeping the economy afloat and ensuring stability in a deeply divided country pose huge challenges to the Turkish president — and to NATO and the US.