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  • AKP, the Arab Spring and the Unravelling of the Turkey ‘Model’

    The rise of the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), its domestic and foreign policy successes and its early response to the Arab Spring made it popular in the Arab world. Many inside Turkey, the US and the Arab world saw the AKP as an Islamist party with a difference, that could be a ‘model’ for the Arab countries struggling with a democratic deficit.

    July 2018

    Turkey’s Afrin Offensive can pitch Ankara against both Washington and Moscow

    Turkey's resolve to dislodge the Democratic Union Party (PYD) from Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria adjacent to the Turkish border, will be seriously tested by the US and Russian opposition to military action against the Kurds.

    January 22, 2018

    The Turkish Military Base in Doha: A Step towards Gaining “Strategic Depth” in the Middle East?

    The nostalgia among a section of the AKP to recreate the Ottoman past through economic and geopolitical integration has been the driving force behind Turkey’s recent assertive postures in regional matters including the Qatar crisis.

    September 26, 2017

    India-Turkey Relations: Frozen in Time?

    India-Turkey relations are expected to gradually move in a positive direction based on new found interests and some common grounds.

    May 12, 2017

    Turkish Referendum: Will it lead to Autocratic Rule?

    The post-referendum changes in Turkey will have far reaching implications not only for the form of government but also for the long-term future of the republic and adversely affect democratic consolidation.

    April 20, 2017

    Is President Trump’s Foreign Policy Shaping Up?

    What to make of the combination of Trump’s missile strikes in Syria, changes of mind about China and Russia, warnings to North Korea, signals about scaling up military presence in Afghanistan, and outreach to Turkey?

    April 24, 2017

    New Year Attack in Istanbul: Predictable and Preventable!

    While the New Year attack in Istanbul underscores Turkey’s endemic vulnerabilities, India too needs to be on guard. Messaging by the ISIS is often followed by action.

    January 30, 2017

    Is Turkey Heading Towards a Presidential System?

    The Turkish republic stands at a crucial juncture today. The latest constitutional amendment will change Turkey’s 94-year old parliamentary system of government. As the constitutional amendment bill awaits referendum, serious questions arise about the direction in which Turkey is heading.

    February 03, 2017

    Is Turkey’s insistence on a military role in Mosul a strategic miscalculation?

    Turkey’s insistence on a role for itself risks escalating the already fraught sectarian situation in Iraq, undermining Iraqi sovereignty and not yielding any significant military or political gains for itself.

    October 28, 2016

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