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  • 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

    Whither Turkey?

    Turkey is going where President Erdogan wants to take it to, as those who do not agree with him are too intimidated to stand in his way.

    August 17, 2016

    The Failed Coup in Turkey - The Road Ahead

    The Failed Coup in Turkey - The Road Ahead

    The coup has seriously dented Turkey’s image as a stable, secular, progressive and prosperous country. And Erdogan's witch-hunt has tarnished the country's reputation and credibility. Turkey’s polity and economy will take a long time to recover from the crippling attrition of recent days.

    August 02, 2016

    The Attempted Coup in Turkey: What Next?

    The Attempted Coup in Turkey: What Next?

    Erdogan and Gulen were allies until 2013 when a corruption scandal erupted and Gulen’s followers in the judiciary and police investigated ministers and officials close to Erdogan.

    July 20, 2016

    The Terrorist Attack on Ataturk Airport – Portents and Pointers

    Terrorist Attack on Ataturk Airport

    The June 28 attack on Ataturk airport, as also the Zaventem attack in Brussels, have highlighted the security lacunae in all airports, which do not monitor the arrival terminals.

    July 08, 2016

    Will the EU-Turkey Deal Work?

    Will the EU-Turkey Deal Work?

    The only effective way to stop the flow of refugees is for Turkey to confiscate all boats or use brute force to prevent Syrians from going to the coast.

    March 23, 2016

    Ruling AKP in Turkey Gets a Lifeline

    The AKP needs to go over the fundamentals of its decade long success in the country before it charts its future course. Its success in the previous decade was built on the pillars of national consolidation, economic growth and religious tolerance.

    November 05, 2015

    Turkey, IS, US, Syria

    Turkey, IS, US, Syria

    There is a sudden and dramatic change in Turkey’s policy towards the Islamic State. What explains this change and what might be Turkey’s calculations?

    August 14, 2015

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