Category Archives: Podcast

New Politics (as usual?)

After a lengthy hiatus, the Turkey Wonk podcast is back. In the inaugural episode, Aaron speaks with Laura Pitel, an Ankara-based journalist. The conversation touched on all things Turkish politics since the April referendum and the current state of affairs … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Stunted Democracy

There is a general consensus that Turkey is amid an authoritarian backslide. Is it as bad as generally believed? Are things better than they are made out to be? Is Turkey a one-man state with Erdogan at the head and … Continue reading

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America Engages: Providing Relief and Defending Kurdistan

What is going on in Iraqi Kurdistan? Will the US decision to use force to protect Erbil be a game changer? Will point defense work? Can ISIS advance on Erbil? Has the IS assault on Kurdistan united the Kurdish factions? … Continue reading

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After the Caliphate: The Current State of Affairs in Iraq and Syria

What is the current state of affairs in Iraq and Syria? How has Iran responded to the crisis in Iraq? Have things changed all that much after the declaration of the Caliphate? Are the countries of the region adopting a … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Iraq and Regional Responses

What is happening in Iraq? What are the regional implications of the ISIS offensive? How have the GCC states reacted to the ISIS offensive? What options does the United States have to affect change on the ground? Will airstrikes help? … Continue reading

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