Archive | November, 2015

With miscalculations on both sides, what chance is there for Russo-Turkish tensions to ease?

The dangerous confrontation following the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey on Tuesday is showing no signs of easing. This is, without doubt, the most serious flare-up between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War and its repercussions will be felt far beyond Turkey and Russia. A series of […]

Violence in Silvan must stop immediately!

With tanks and armoured vehicles patrolling streets, helicopters circling in the air, snipers shooting from rooftops, Silvan, a small town in the south east, has become the latest battleground in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict. Even with limited information reaching the outside, it has now become crystal clear that the conflict has entered a dangerous new phase. […]

Is Turkey’s politics of fear a double edged sword for the AKP?

There is no doubt that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) ruthlessly forced its way to success at the polls. Following the bomb attack in Ankara on October 10th, the opposition parties temporarily suspended their campaign rallies. The Kurdish-affliated People’s Democratic Party (HDP) did not feel safe enough to resume its public gatherings before the […]