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News You Really Need To See: “Politics: Getting Off the Train”

“Politics: Getting Off the Train” The Economist, February 6-12, 26, 2016, p.5 [special report] http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21689877-mr-erdogans-commitment-democracy-seems-be-fading-getting-train “Early in his career Mr Erdogan made a telling remark he was later to regret. Democracy is like a train, he said; you get off … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Darius’s Rules of International Engagement, #5

July 3, 2015 by Darius  [If you study international relations and political science, it’s impossible to avoid coming across Carl von Clausewitz.  While Clausewitz’s credentials may have been a bit thin in his primary specialty, military theory, he has given … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ocalan Niece’s Swearing-In Ceremony Marks Milestone for Kurds”

“Ocalan Niece’s Swearing-In Ceremony Marks Milestone for Kurds” Al Monitor, July 1, 2015 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/07/turkey-pkk-ocalan-niece-breaks-taboos-politics.html “In 1991, iconic Kurdish activist Leyla Zana became the first Kurdish woman elected to Turkey’s parliament.  While taking the oath, she uttered a few Kurdish words that were … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Midnight at the Pera Palace,” The Book

June 27, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Georgetown University history professor Charles King.  King tells the story of Istanbul, and by extension Turkey, through the first half of … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Kurdistan in Syria, To Be or Not to Be?

June 24, 2015 by Darius  In a development that didn’t attract much attention in the Western press, Kurdish militias forced ISIS out of the town of Tell Abyad on the Turkish-Syrian border – and Turkey is upset about that.  The … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Islam Center Stage as Turkish Election Campaign Enters Final Week”

“Islam Center Stage as Turkish Election Campaign Enters Final Week” Reuters, May 30, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/30/us-turkey-election-idUSKBN0OF0VB20150530 “Evoking the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and vowing the Muslim call to prayer would forever ring out, President Tayyip Erdogan put religion center stage on … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: No to Rifaat

May 11, 2015 by Darius  Today, one of the Syrian regime’s top intelligence officers was arrested for supposedly conspiring with Turkish intelligence to facilitate the return to power of Rifaat al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad’s brother and Bashar’s uncle, who has spent … Continue reading

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