Turkey’s greatest influence among the Turkic populations of the post-Soviet world derives not from their common ethno-linguistic roots, but from the success of Turkey’s religious outreach.
The current conflict between Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and religious authority Fethullah Gülen, if not stopped, has the potential to damage Turkey’s image and soft power in the world.
Turkey’s authoritarian drift is undoubtedly complicating relations with the United States. However, Washington should not allow this to undermine an invaluable alliance.
The bonds between Turkey and the EU are reaching a critical moment. Vision, and not local politics, should guide upcoming talks between Erdogan and his EU counterparts.
The sooner the Turkish political class is able to reach a consensus on the indispensability of a reform agenda, the sooner the country can return to long-term political stability.
The Syrian refugee crisis is mostly being addressed as a tragic outcome of the violence in Syria. However, it is not separate from politics and could well result in the redrawing the region’s political map.
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran will become more acute in the years ahead. It is in this context that Turkey’s role as a secular power will become more important than ever.
In the eyes of the West, Ankara fluctuates on international issues and displays a lack of consistency in dealing with its allies. Why is Turkey’s foreign policy so erratic?
The Justice and Development Party and Gülen alliance serves Turkish interests inside and outside the country, but the two groups are divided on the fight for religious and ideological influence in Turkish society and beyond.
The question of whether a government can and should enforce rules about personal morality is at the center of current political arguments in Turkey and the outcome of this dispute will determine the future direction of the country.