|By Michael Rubin | AEIdeas | When Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey’s president in 2014, a legal precondition for the office was a university degree. In theory, this shouldn’t have been a problem. His official biography says he received a degree in 1981...
By Global Initiative Secretariat | Oil smuggling is a lucrative financial source for organized crime and terrorist groups and an example of how demand for cheaper oil creates opportunities for criminals and terrorists in Turkey. The country’s high taxes, its proximity to...
by Ahmet S. Yayla | Homeland Security Today Al Qaeda has stepped out of the shadow of the Islamic State (ISIS), promoting its brand of terror with a new leader and a comprehensive list of attack priorities.  Hamza Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden’s...
by Zakir GUL | The Vocal Europe With Erdogan’s ruling and governing, Turkey lost its neighbors and friends. No-friend-left-behind policy worked greatly. One of the exception to that is the relations with Qatar that have been developing rapidly in the last...
|by Ahmet S. Yayla |ICSVE | Halis Bayancuk is the leader of ISIS in Turkey. His kunya is Abu Hanzala, although Turkish ISIS members call him Hanzala Hoca (Sheikh Hanzala). Halis Bayancuk and his father Haci Bayancuk have a long...
|by Ahmet S. Yayla | Huffington Post| Erdogan intends to use Mr. Brunson as leverage against the Zarrab case. At this point, the Trump administration must decide how to handle a brutal, ruthless dictator both to help suffering Turks and...
|by Ahmet S. Yayla | Huffington Post| Muscular diplomacy was given new meaning on May 16 when sign-carrying demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy in Washington were charged by a group of embassy supporters and the Turkish president’s own security guards....
|by Kenneth R. Timmerman | The Hill | Turkey has been on a steady glide path to dictatorship for well over a decade, as Islamist ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consolidated power, eliminated his political foes, and bought out or...
|By Pınar Ensari  |Free Speech Debate | Feb. 17, 2017| The Hrant Dink Foundation, named in honour of the late journalist and advocate of Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and human rights in Turkey, has been conducting a study titled Media Watch on...
|By Louis Fishman |Haaretz |Feb 19, 2017| The delegitimization, if not criminalization, of any opposition – political, media or cultural – by Turkey's ruling party coincides with a crucial referendum on expanding presidential power even further. It has been just over...

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