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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.

Politics in Turkey Is More than Just the Tension Between Islam and Secularism By Ömer Taşpınar - Dec 10, 2018

The polarity of Islam and secularism has long defined Turkish politics. But despite its continuing popularity among the commentariat, this binary mental map in fact often generates only superficial thinking and lazy analysis of the nature of the Turkish state. More importantly, it no longer captures the complex nature of politics. The time, thus, has … Continue reading “Politics in Turkey Is More than Just the Tension Between Islam and Secularism”

Washington’s Dance Between Turkey and the Kurds Will Soon Come to an End  By Ömer Taşpınar - Nov 27, 2018

The United States is rapidly approaching the limits of its balancing act between Turkey and the Kurds in northern Syria. Soon, the Trump administration will have to make a hard choice between its Nato ally and its anti-ISIS Kurdish partners on the ground. The obvious reason for the looming denouement is Turkey’s increasingly aggressive military … Continue reading “Washington’s Dance Between Turkey and the Kurds Will Soon Come to an End “

Turkey-US Relations Are Better – For Now; Watch the Economy By Ömer Taşpınar - Nov 20, 2018

At the height of Turkey’s economic crisis last summer, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the United States for the downturn, which also saw the lira taking a precipitous nosedive. He claimed that the US had declared economic warfare by imposing trade sanctions, tied to Turkey’s imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson. In conjunction with a resurgent … Continue reading “Turkey-US Relations Are Better – For Now; Watch the Economy”

Turkey’s Erdogan and His Objectives in the Khashoggi Affair By Ömer Taşpınar - Oct 28, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a lucky man with a good sense of timing. The killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate is of course a tragedy. But Erdogan, the Turkish president, immediately saw in this a huge opportunity. It amounted to a gift that came at an opportune moment. Erdogan had been in … Continue reading “Turkey’s Erdogan and His Objectives in the Khashoggi Affair”

Two Dates to Watch as Turkey’s Economy Goes into Stagflation Meltdown By Ömer Taşpınar - Oct 14, 2018

Vastly exceeding the most pessimistic forecasts, inflation in Turkey hit 25 percent in September, a 15-year high. With inflation sharply rising and growth grinding to a halt, Turkey now is in “stagflation” territory. The simultaneous occurrence of inflation and recession is the worst combination for any nation. It is obvious that Turkey’s economic performance will … Continue reading “Two Dates to Watch as Turkey’s Economy Goes into Stagflation Meltdown”