Erdogan neglected alternative options that could have strengthened Turkey’s position — without sparking the ire of much of the international community.
Trump abandoning the Kurds will damage the U.S. and embolden its foes. It amounts to nothing less than treason.
While Turkey’s President dreams big power dreams, Putin plays Erdogan like a fiddle.
This year’s Istanbul election and last year’s move to a presidential system have unified and galvanized the opposition, raising questions about Erdogan’s next move.
Why is standing up to one-man rule and presidential nepotism actively pursued among AK Party grandees in Turkey, but not by Republicans in the U.S.?
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.
Ultimately, Erdogan might end up losing Istanbul again. And botch yet another opportunity to normalize relations with the Kurds.
Public sentiment is moving away from President Erdogan in Turkey’s largest cities, especially his hometown of Istanbul. This will have major political ramifications.