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Opinion: Turkey’s Slow-Burning Alevi Unrest

Opinion: Turkey’s Slow-Burning Alevi Unrest

In the past year, Turkey has been shaken by anti-government rallies in which six protestors were killed—an unusual spike in violence in a society that is otherwise increasingly non-violent. Five of these fatalities occurred during the Gezi rallies of June 2013. On...
Opinion: Erdoğan’s Empathy for Mursi

Opinion: Erdoğan’s Empathy for Mursi

Among all Middle East powers, Turkey has uniquely stood behind Mohamed Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood party after their ouster from power in July. This has cost Turkey dearly. Egypt has pulled its ambassador from Ankara. To rub salt on the wound, Cairo has entered...
Opinion: Turkey’s Alawite Opening

Opinion: Turkey’s Alawite Opening

In recent months, Turkey has done the unthinkable, launching peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an organization Ankara designates as a terrorist group. An important motivation for this breakthrough has been Turkey’s Syria policy. Turkey is pursuing...