Category Archives: Turkey

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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The HQ-9: Dissecting Turkey’s Missile Defense Decision

Burak Bekdil, Turkey’s defense corespondent for Hurriyet Daily News and Jane’s Defence Weekly, reports that Turkey is “is strongly leaning toward adopting a Chinese long-range anti-missile and air defense system.” The HQ-9 missile system is reportedly based on and has … Continue reading

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Saturday Night in Taksim: Pictures from #Occupygezi

Below, please find some pictures I took during my two hour self-guided tour of the events in Taksim. Please enjoy and keep in mind that I am not a very good photographer. 

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#OccupyGezi: My Outside Publications

On 7 June, I published a piece about the Gul-Erdogan tug of war and the risk of AKP polarization for Foreign Policy. Feel free to read here. On 5 June, I published a piece about Erdogan’s rhetoric for the Royal … Continue reading

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Occupy Gezi Pics


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Guest Post: The EU Arms Embargo and the Syrian Conflict

As the debate about whether to arm the rebels continues, scant attention has been paid to whether or not such a policy is legal under international law. I have asked Jamie Walsh – a Ph.D candidate at University College Cork, where … Continue reading

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Alcohol and Export Controls: Turkey Moves in Slow Motion

On 10 May 2013 the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a draft law to Parliament with strengthened provisions against the sale of alcohol in Turkey. After two weeks of debate, the Parliament passed the bill and sent it … Continue reading

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Explaining Turkish Nuclear Decision-Making: The Origins of Sinop

Last week, Turkey and Japan signed an agreement to begin exclusive negotiations for the construction of a nuclear power plant at the Sinop site on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. The agreement follows the 2010 agreement with Russia’s Rosatom for the … Continue reading

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Evaluating Turkey’s Missile Defense Plans

In January 2013, Lale Sariibrahimoglu and Nicholas de Larrinaga reported: Turkey has decided to abandon its plans to buy an off-the-shelf system for its T-Loramids surface-to-air missile (SAM) programme and is now seeking to co-develop a SAM system instead. Local … Continue reading

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Passive Defense: The Questions Turks Should be Asking about Patriot

Yesterday, I summarized an article I co-authored with Shashank Joshi – a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute- about the Patriot missile system and Turkey’s Syria policy. If you missed yesterday’s post, click here. In general, Shashank and … Continue reading

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