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.
The ruling party in Turkey has long relied on a powerful Islamic social movement to maintain power. But cracks in the alliance are exposing a rivalry at the heart of the state.
Turkey’s planned new canal and a missile defense system both send the message that Turkey will go its own way, swiftly and irrespective of the country’s international environment and commitments.
The main obstacle in EU-Turkey accession talks is whether Ankara will create a domestic environment that can ensure a culture of open discussion.
For Turkey, the U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons is at best incomplete and at worst a distraction from the real political goal: removing Assad from power.
Egypt’s morass, together with the unrest in Turkey, has plunged political Islam into a crisis of democratic confidence.
There are serious concerns in Ankara that Turkey’s security could be put at risk by a U.S.-led strike that is too limited in scope.
After the Gezi protests, freedom of cultural expression and coexistence of different lifestyles became the centerpiece of Turkey’s political debate and image abroad.
What is at stake in Turkey is the issue of fundamental freedoms in the daily life of Turkish citizens and the limits on an elected government’s way to exercise authority.
Ubiquitous social media use is pulling back the curtain on governments' reliance on old tactics—policymakers can no longer rely on media censorship, public pressure, and overt force.