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explosive13Interviews with Prof Daniel Pipes

Copyright: (December 12, 2015)
Republication at RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 13 December 2015.

The editors of Aydınlık, a Turkish newspaper, asked me a number of questions about the shoot-down of the Russian plane on Nov. 24. I replied to the questions and sent in my replies on Nov. 27 but did not hear back. So, over two weeks later, I am providing them here, as I wrote them, in English.
As relations between the Turkish and American governments have worsened in recent years, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sought improved relations with Russia and (to a lesser extent) China. With the shoot-down of the Russian SU-24 warplane, Erdoğan has seemingly thrown away this option. Why? Read more

mephotoCompiled by Middle East Forum web editor Gary C. Gambill

Copyright: www.meforum.org - Republished on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 14 November 2015

The victory of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a November 1 snap election took most informed observers by surprise.
Less than five months after losing its parliamentary majority for the first time in a regularly scheduled legislative election in June, the AKP captured 317 of 550 seats on this second try, securing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's grip on power through at least 2019. How did this turnabout happen?.. Read More

turkeyphotoAnthony Derisiotis (PhD)
(Lecturer in Turkish Foreign Policy, Department of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, School of Economics and Political Sciences, University of Athens, GR)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 8 November 2015

After 5 turbulent months and contrary to expectations that it will again fall short of winning the majority vote, the Justice and Development party secured 49.4% of the vote and 317 seats in the 550-seat Turkish parliament, thus securing a generous majority but not the 367 seats that would pave the road for the government to proceed to the transition to a presidential system, or the 330 seats that would allow a referendum, in line with President Erdoğan's aspirations. The Republican People's party, which is the main opposition, did not succeed substantial improvement, whereas the nationalistic MHP and the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) saw their votes dropping sharply...Read more

turkey30Nickolaos Mavromates, "Turkey's Election Results and Tayyip Erdogan's Alternative Scenarios", RIEAS: Research Paper, No. 167, (July-August 2015).

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turkey30Theodora Papatheodorou
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 28 March 2015


In November 2002 and July 2007 the Turkish electorate voted for the Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AK Parti) demonstrating a great risk for broad political change. There was some doubt whether a modern democratic party with deep roots in political Islam was in the position to expand liberties and preserve the democratic system. The AKP had been described as an "Islamist or Islamic party", "fundamentalist party", "party with Islamic roots" or, as the economist called it "Mildly Islamist". Nowadays, several authors use the phrase "democratura" in order to explain the new model of the Justice and Development Party and its political choices and tactics...Read more

latin15Ariel González Levaggi
( Ph.D. student at Koç University in Istanbul. Turkey)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 1 March 2015

The international system is in the middle of a transitional age. The non-Western world is rising and there are plenty of examples about the rise of a novel geopolitical axis. Unipolarism, beyond the role of US as the main great power, does not mirror the real condition of the World Order On the contrary, there is a rising multipolarism exemplified in the alteration of the sources of power from the traditional Western nations to emerging powers, from the "developed" North to Global South and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. China as the second military – based on annual military expenditure - and economic - GDP at purchasing power parity (PPP) power, is the best example of the geopolitical axis alteration. In this context, Turkey and Latin America are not secondary players in this game and both have strong bets to promote their normative values, gain more strategic autonomy and achieve a more prominent role in the concert of nations. The recent visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Colombia, Cuba and Mexico is an important indicator of the growing ties... Read more

turkey30Markos Troulis
(PhD Candidate, University of Piraeus (Greece)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 6 January 2015.

On the 28th of August, Ahmet Davutoğlu became the new Prime Minister of Turkey succeeding Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and giving his position at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Erdoğan's Turkey emerged as a new challenger for regional hegemony and the new heads of Turkey's foreign policy are undoubtedly working toward this goal. Davutoğlu's promotion to prime minister seems to come as a reward for his foreign policy initiatives up to now, while Çavuşoğlu's move from the Ministry of EU Affairs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reflects AKP leadership's satisfaction for his stance on the issue of Turkey's EU candidacy....Read more

turkeyflag1Nickolaos Mavromates

(Security Analyst- Historian)

Editing by: George Mavromates author of "Operation Medina The Jihad and Operation Medina: The Crusade."

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)- Publication date: 10 August 2014

On August 10, 2014 people in Turkey will go to polls to elect their president. Three candidates, Erdoğan, İhsanoğlu and Selahattin Demirtaş, will contend with each other for the presidential chair. However, the real challenger is no other than current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) joint candidate İhsanoğlu and pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) candidate Selahattin, a popular political figure among Kurdish people have no chance in derailing Erdoğan's forthcoming Presidential victory... Read more

Nickolaos Mavromates
(Security Analyst- Historian)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) (Publication Date: 17 June 2014).

The Turkish consulate seizure in Mosul by men of the (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) ISIL terrorist movement has unleashed a discussion inside and outside Turkey about the role of Ankara's failed strategy in the region of the Levant and Iraq. A role that was mainly based in aiding terrorist organizations like Al Nusra and ISIL for its own grand designs. Initially meant in overthrowing Bassar al Assad regime and simultaneously curtailing any Syrian Kurdish PYD (Democratic Union Party) independence ambitions in the area. By mainly denying the capability of the Syrian aspirations uniting with their KRG brothers authority of Northern Iraq or by becoming a strategic reserve of PKK in the area of Turkish Kurdistan..... Read more

Nickolaos Mavromates

(Security Analyst- Historian)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) based in Athens, Greece. (Publication date: 30 March 2014)

As the geopolitical field in Ukraine is unavailing with uncertainty between the competition of Ukraine's Pro-western elite and Moscow's security concerns, Turkey a nearby neighbor is  confronting also its own political anxiety and Geo-strategically designs that are currently shaping its own destiny.

Despite the recent bashing that Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received from the EU and the US for his autarchic handling of the Gezi Park protests and the bribery scandals that included AKP party and family members, his political power tarnished he has still remained relatively unscathed. Not only did the EU request Turkish security forces to participate in a Peace keeping mission in the civil war torn Central African Republic, but also all the latest Turkish exit polls show Erdogan’s political power holding at 40 to 45 percent.... Read more


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