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Graft Crisis and Wire Tapping Scandals
Erdoğan`s Media Grab Stymies Expansion by Murdoch, Time Warner For Erdoğan, battling a barrage of leaks about corruption, the coming weeks are crucial, as Mehul Srivastava, Benjamin Harvey, and Ercan Ersoy argue.
Something is Rotten in Turkey (1)-(2) Mustafa Akyol argues that Turkey’s religious conservatives failed to implement a worthy democracy. According to him, Islam needs its John Locke.
Corruption or Noble Cause? Nuray Mert questions the government discourse, which argues that there is no corruption but rather a wicked plan to ruin Turkey’s “noble cause.”
End of Charisma? Doğu Ergil explains that charismatic leaders start their downward journey and lose their luster.
Erdoğan`s Endless Legitimacy Crisis (1)-(2) Neither the ballot box nor a harsher regime seem to be able to rescue Erdoğan from his current political troubles, writes Kadri Gürsel.
"State of Rule of Law Suspended in Turkey, If not Completely Eliminated" An interview with Ümit Kardaş, a former military judge, on the graft crisis and the tapping scandals.
Public Opinion: Gloomy, But Less Confused (1)-(2)-(3) Yavuz Baydar argues that Turkey is moving ahead to a de facto referendum on 30 March.
What Is Going to Happen After the Elections? (1)-(2) If the AKP wins in local elections, Erdoğan will start a witch hunt and establish an Orwellian regime in Turkey, Orhan Kemal Cengiz argues.
Believe It or Not! The PM Admits Manipulation (1)-(2) Murat Yetkin asks why Erdoğan acts so boldly in admitting his manipulations and waits until polls for anti-Gülen operations.
"Beware! He is an Alevi" Cafer Solgun comments on a recorded phone call between Erdoğan and former justice minister Sadullah Ergin.
Remembering Erdoğan’s First Campaign Tulin Daloglu draws attention to the historical continuities in Erdoğan’s political practices and discourses.
Chronology of Dec. 17: The Stones Are Settling into Place… Today’s Zaman`s chronology of the graft crisis.
Corruption, Gülen, and Erdoğan The bigger picture appears to Hilal Kaplan: the corruption investigation is uncovering an even greater corruption scandal.
March 30, Local Elections? Taha Özhan writes that the local elections have come to mean much more than local elections after the graft crisis.
A Weird Democracy According to Etyen Mahçupyan, Turkey is in an odd situation: “A ruling party that is rumored to be heading toward a dictatorship is anxiously waiting for the elections to come.”
Erdoğan Appears to Advise on Shipbuilding Contract in Leaked Tape Daniel Dombey and Funja Guler focuses on the tension between the PM and Koç Holding, Turkey’s largest industrial group.
Need for "Clean Politics" in Turkey Murat Yetkin writes on Mustafa Koç’s recent interview, where Koç points to the need for “clean politics.”
Turkey`s Turmoil Puts Property Market at Risk Emre Peker and Yeliz Candemir argues that the lira`s decline and rising rates threaten to slow growth amidst the graft crisis.
Why The Worst is Still Ahead for Turkey`s Bubble Economy Jesse Colombo analyzes Turkey’s economy amidst the power struggle between the AKP and Gülen community.
How Far Backward Is Turkey Sliding? Marc Pierini speculates over the consequences of the political crisis in Turkey for international actors.
Ukraine-Crimea Crisis Will Affect Turkey The crisis in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula could have a serious impact on Turkey, Fuat Keyman argues.
Turkey Dependent on Russian Gas via Ukraine Olgu Okumuş writes that Turkey’s energy-supply vulnerability continues unchanged from earlier crises.
Turkey Boxed in by Russian Moves in Crimea The Ukraine crisis will likely harden Russia’s support for Syria, further complicating Turkey’s regional policies, Semih İdiz argues.
Russia, Turkey Weigh Options in Crimea Maxim A. Suchkov asks whether the Turkish response in Crimea foreshadows an opportunity or a challenge for Russian policy.
Ukraine Versus Gezi Protests It is quite popular these days to compare the Gezi protests with the uprisings in Ukraine, yet there are many differences, Verda Özer writes.
Erbil Sends Oil, Ankara Gets Trouble Olgu Okumuş analyzes the energy deal’s between Turkey and Iraq’s Kurdistan regional government.
Iraq Notebook: No Talk of the Turkish Model Cengiz Çandar writes on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s first visit to Sulaimaniyah.
Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges Tarık Oğuzlu argues that Turkish foreign policy will face important challenges in the forthcoming years.
Armenian Question and 1995 Pogrom
The Issue of Genocide is a Headache for Turkey Sergey Minasyan provides his assessment on Armenian-Turkish relations.
Without Genocide Issue, the Unity of Armenia Could Be in Danger For Mensur Akgün, the major obstacle to the convergence of Turkey to Armenia is the nature of Ankara-Azerbaijan relations.
Apelasis “Apelasis” has finally entered our glossary, Cengiz Aktar writes.
Other Pertinent Pieces
Başbuğ’s Release a Sign of Changing Balances “This new atmosphere seems like it will have further effects on political life as Turkey heads for critical local elections,” writes Murat Yetkin.
Alevis Want Back Places of Worship Seized by Ataturk Orhan Kemal Cengiz writes that the return of Alevi places of worship could be a milestone in Turkey’s democracy.
Reversing Turkey`s Brain Drain Riada Ašimović Akyol reports that Turkey is proud of the positive results of the initiatives taken to attract skilled researchers to return from abroad.
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