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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

Israel and Turkey Share the Same Pathology: the Meltdown of the Left By Ömer Taşpınar - Apr 18, 2019

Recent elections in Turkey and Israel have proved once again that these two countries have much more in common than one might immediately suppose. At first sight, the elections produced different results for Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Benjamin Netanyahu. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 52 percent of the overall vote in Turkey’s local elections … Continue reading “Israel and Turkey Share the Same Pathology: the Meltdown of the Left”

Turkey’s Democracy Wakes Up as Erdogan’s Invincibility Wavers By Ömer Taşpınar - Apr 4, 2019

The most fundamental question in Turkish politics – since the country entered an unprecedented phase of civilian autocracy after the Gezi park protests in 2013 – is an existential one about democracy: do elections matter? More precisely, would President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surrender power because of election results? At a time when Turkey seems to … Continue reading “Turkey’s Democracy Wakes Up as Erdogan’s Invincibility Wavers”

Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Missile-Defense System Will Be ‘Paradigm Shifting’ for its Relations with the US By Ömer Taşpınar - Apr 3, 2019

Turkish-American relations often are fraught with drama followed by reconciliation. At the end, the two countries usually manage to save their partnership by focusing on shared strategic interests. But in recent years, they have increasingly different threat perceptions and it is no longer possible to take the relationship for granted. Turkey’s military rapprochement with Russia … Continue reading “Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Missile-Defense System Will Be ‘Paradigm Shifting’ for its Relations with the US”

An Obsession with Islam Blinds the West to Real Problems in the Middle East By Ömer Taşpınar - Mar 10, 2019

From Donald Trump’s alarmist speech in 2017 in Poland, where he declared “every last inch of Western civilization is worth defending with your life,” to his more recent fear mongering about “Middle Easterners” hiding in the Latin American caravan and who were about to “invade” the United States, one thing is constant in the American … Continue reading “An Obsession with Islam Blinds the West to Real Problems in the Middle East”

Turkey’s Islamist Policy Remains Intact – After Accidentally Extraditing a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood By Ömer Taşpınar - Mar 3, 2019

How should we interpret the fact that a member of the Muslim Brotherhood was recently extradited from Istanbul to Cairo? Is the Turkish government finally changing its policy of support for the Islamist movement? The short answer is no.   But, before we get too far ahead, what actually happened? Mohamed Abdelhafez Ahmed Hussein, a … Continue reading “Turkey’s Islamist Policy Remains Intact – After Accidentally Extraditing a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood”