Tag Archives: Turkey

Ankara’s New Reality in the Middle East

In February 2013, Shashank Joshi and I wrote an article for the RUSI Journal about Turkey’s troubles in Syria. At the time, we wrote: Syria’s two-year descent into civil war, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is facing one … Continue reading

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Soma: Deconstructing the Tragedy in Turkey (Podcast)

Today I speak with Alex Christie Miller about his experiences covering the tragedy in Soma. The conversation begins with a discussion about the quality of the response to the tragedy, before asking what the response says about the state of … Continue reading

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The Turkish Convoy: The Vehicles

The youtube video above allows for the identification of some of the vehicles used in the Turkish military convoy that entered Syria. The first is the Kirpi: The Kirpi is a mine resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle capable of carrying … Continue reading

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The Erdogan/Gul Prisoner Dilemma

During the Cold War, strategists often turned to game theory to explain deterrence and the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD). The United States and the Soviet Union, for example, were cast as players in an open-ended PD game, whereby … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Airplane-less Nuclear Weapons: A Classic Crisis Stability Problem? (Updated)

As Hans K. notes over at Strategic Security, the United States Air Force’s 2015 Budget shows “that integration of the B61-12 on NATO F-16 and Tornado aircraft will start in 2015 for completion in 2017 and 2018.” The upgrade includes: software … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing Turkey’s Satellite Launch Vehicle

  In July 2013, SSM concluded a contract with Roketsan to begin pre-conceptual work on a satellite launch vehicle (SLV). SSM has asked that the proposed SLV be capable of launching satellites into low-earth-orbit. Roketsan has also been asked to … Continue reading

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Podcast: Turkey’s Perception in Washington

Journalist Yigal Schleifer and I discuss Turkey’s perception in Washington, the future of the Gulen movement, the prospects for a Turkish-Israeli rapprochement, and Erdogan’s presidential prospects. Follow @YigalSchleifer for excellent Turkey analysis on twitter. 

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