Erdogan can use any number of legal, political or foreign policy tools to ensure his candidate wins this time around, no matter the reputational costs.
The convergence of Russian-Turkish interests is likely only of a temporary nature.
Putin has Turkey exactly where he wants it: As an upset NATO ally willing to break ranks with the alliance’s stance toward Russia.
The Turkish President only knows one loyalty — to himself. Little wonder Erdogan acts like a congenital flamethrower in international relations.
Kurdish battle positions Kurds as US ally against Iran.
Terrorism, oil, the crisis in Iraq, the Syrian civil war and geopolitics all weigh against the birth of a new Kurdish state.
The Kurds’ quest for self-rule is potentially explosive. It puts them in the crosshairs of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the United States.
When will Erdogan come to his senses to see that the solution to the conflict with the Kurds lies only in peace negotiations?
The Besiktas bombing raises important questions about counter-terrorism strategy and truth telling in Turkey.