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Omer Taspinar

Ömer Taşpınar is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of national-security strategy at the National Defense University in Washington. He is the author of two books: “Political Islam and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey” and “Winning Turkey: How America, Europe and Turkey can Revive a Fading Partnership” (with Philip Gordon). His research focuses on the Middle East, Europe, Muslim minorities in the West, radicalization and the global political economy. He is a frequent commentator for major Turkish, American, European and Middle Eastern news outlets.

Articles By Omer Taspinar

Turkey’s Plans for Troops in Libya Is About Russia in Syria and Mediterranean Oil By Ömer Taşpınar - Jan 7, 2020

Turkey’s authoritarian leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, likes to tout his country as a regional superpower with an imperial legacy stretching over centuries and over continents. In fact, modern Turkey is something altogether different. Its military dominance has been confined to its immediate neighborhood, and consists mainly of fighting Kurdish militant groups in northern Syria and … Continue reading “Turkey’s Plans for Troops in Libya Is About Russia in Syria and Mediterranean Oil”

Erdogan Is Preparing For An Early Election Because Time Is Not On His Side By Ömer Taşpınar - Dec 31, 2019

After the embarrassing losses in this year’s local elections – not once but twice in Istanbul – Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come to the bitter realization that time is not on his side. As 2019 draws to a close, his sense of urgency is even more palpable. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2023, … Continue reading “Erdogan Is Preparing For An Early Election Because Time Is Not On His Side”

Turkey’s Erdogan Scores a Pyrrhic Victory in Washington By Ömer Taşpınar - Nov 19, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a warm welcome at the White House on Wednesday. But this facade of good relations between the two countries is highly deceiving. Indeed, any sense of victory Turkey might claim from the outwardly friendly visit with Donald Trump is an illusion. In reality, the two countries are wide apart … Continue reading “Turkey’s Erdogan Scores a Pyrrhic Victory in Washington”