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.



Ahu Özyurt
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on : Monday, 21 Apr, 2014

Partners for Peace

The recent local elections in Turkey attracted several claims of irregularities, but one of the undisputed outcomes of the polls was the fact that the Kurds have become a political power to be reckoned with, both in Turkey’s southeast and beyond. The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) took the provinces of Mardin, Bitlis and Ağrı from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and increased the number of cities it won from eight to eleven. The party even sought to make a...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Party Pilots

Now that the local elections are over, with a resounding victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey is seeking the answer to a new question: will he run for the presidency or will he opt to remain prime minister? Despite conceding that the past few months had been the “toughest period” of his political career, Erdoğan turned the local elections into a vote of confidence in his administration. The prime minister’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) more than survived ...

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Ali Hussein Bakeer
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on : Monday, 7 Apr, 2014

A Turkish Double Act

There are many people who would agree with the description of Abdullah Gül as being the cool logic to the fiery emotion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan is rooted in the wor...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 31 Mar, 2014

Triumphant and Unrepentant

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) incurred every assault imaginable in the lead up to Sunday’s municipal elections. Now those who voted against the AKP in...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 24 Mar, 2014

Dividing a Nation

The ad the Justice and Development Party (AKP) commissioned for the local elections on March 30 shows a man walking up to a huge steel flagpole and cutting the metal wire insid...

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Ahu Özyurt
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on : Monday, 17 Mar, 2014

Turkey’s Uncertain Vote

Turkey is entering the final leg of campaigning before municipal elections are held on March 30. This is just the beginning of a series of elections: Presidential elections are...

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Selin Ugurtas
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on : Saturday, 15 Mar, 2014

Breaking Majority Rules

One of the thousands who gathered on crowded Piyalapaşa Avenue on March 12, I bid farewell to Berkin Elvan’s body as it was carried out of the Alevi temple. The “Little Prince...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 10 Mar, 2014

Ankara Cautiously Defends Crimean Tatars

While lawmakers in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea declare their intention to split from Ukraine and join Russia, Turkey is performing a balancing act in maintaining ties w...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Thursday, 6 Mar, 2014

Turkey’s Vote of Approval

On December 17, 2013 the followers of the self-exiled Turkish imam Fethullah Gülen declared war on Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The former allies, ...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 24 Feb, 2014

Turkey’s Leaky Ship of State

Haters of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have had fun over the past few weeks. Almost every day, a recording of a new phone tap appears somew...

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