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  • November 21, 2016|Stephen Schwartz and Veli SirinThe Weekly Standard

    Turkey's Erdoğan Continues Harsh Repression of Political Opponents

    Turkey's Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appears as the sole person in his country's politics who knows what he wants. Erdoğan seeks absolute power and acts against all obstacles to his ambitions. He is eager to identify new "enemies...

  • October 26, 2015|Stephen Schwartz and Veli SirinThe Huffington Post

    Blood and Ballots in Turkey

    The Turkish Republic will hold new parliamentary elections for the second time this year on November 1, following the failure of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to maintain a legislative majority.

  • June 23, 2015|Stephen Schwartz and Veli SirinThe Huffington Post

    Turkey: Hope and Fear

    Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary...