Anatolian Dispatches

Posts from across the Bosporus. The Republic of Turkey is turning its attention eastwards and proving itself a heavyweight in the Middle East arena. ‘Anatolian Dispatches’ sets the compass to the new Turkish orientation.



Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Turkey’s President: New and Improved?

The presidential elections on August 10 will be a crucial turning point in the history of Turkish democracy, as it marks the first time the president of the Republic will be directly elected by the people. After almost two years of tense discussions, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has managed to change the system to a semi-presidential one—although it has officially not been named as such—in which both the president and prime minister are chosen through popular electi...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 14 Jul, 2014

Erdoğan vs. the Central Bank

The victory of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in three consecutive elections is usually attributed to the country’s impressive economic growth over the past decade. Many economists agree that much of this performance can be traced back to the recovery program imposed by the IMF in 2001, when Turkey was facing perhaps the worst economic crisis in its modern history. Among the measures passed by the government of the day to tackle the crisis was a law granting autonomy to the...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Tuesday, 8 Jul, 2014

Ankara’s Bad News

The release on Thursday of thirty-two Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mosul last month came as something of a surprise for some...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 23 Jun, 2014

Turkey’s Game-Changer?

There have been a lot of positive reactions to the news that Turkey’s secular opposition have joined with nationalists to back a pious former Secretary-General of the Organ...

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Ahu Özyurt
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on : Monday, 16 Jun, 2014

The Sultan’s Reign ends with a Bang

It was almost an impossible dream in the beginning. When a small, newly-formed local TV production company embarked on a journey to tell the story of the longest living Ottoman Sul...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 9 Jun, 2014

New Representatives for Turkey’s Kurds

Turkey’s biggest Kurdish-majority city, Diyarbakır—designated the “heart of Kurdistan” by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—has witnessed hundred...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Saturday, 31 May, 2014

Friendly Ties, Lost at Sea

The Israeli military’s boarding of the Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, resulting in the deaths of several Turkish citizens, sent shockwaves around the world...

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Ahu Özyurt
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on : Saturday, 17 May, 2014

Abandoned Underground

Turkey has experienced a double-digit growth rate for more than a decade. Construction and coal mining were the engines of growth and underwrote the success of the ruling Justi...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Monday, 12 May, 2014

Prosthetics Give Syrians New Life

There are dozens of towns like Şanlıurfa along Turkey’s border with Syria—sprawling swathes of apartment blocks wrapped around picturesque old city centers. Visitors...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 5 May, 2014

Ankara’s Armenian Charm Offensive

Turkey has again weathered that time of the year when ambassadors line up in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get their share of the protests on April 24, when Armen...

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