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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 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”

Don’t Just Impose Sanctions On Turkey – Make Sure They’re ‘Smart’ By Ömer Taşpınar - Oct 30, 2019

Given the constant turbulence in Turkish-American relations, Washington’s national security establishment no longer considers Ankara an ally. Instead, it perceives Turkey to have moved resolutely into Moscow’s orbit. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent agreement with Vladimir Putin to establish a safe zone along almost the entire 400-kilometer-long Turkish-Syrian border – to be patrolled by Russian military … Continue reading “Don’t Just Impose Sanctions On Turkey – Make Sure They’re ‘Smart’”

Turkey Enters Northeast Syria to Show that Erdogan Can Solve the Refugee Crisis – at the Cost of Relations with the US By Ömer Taşpınar - Oct 13, 2019

Note: This article was distributed to Syndication Bureau clients on October 9, before the Turkish campaign in Syria began later that day. It has been slightly edited to reflect this fact.  Turkey is now in the midst of a major assault in northeast Syria, greenlit unexpectedly by President Donald Trump following a phone call with … Continue reading “Turkey Enters Northeast Syria to Show that Erdogan Can Solve the Refugee Crisis – at the Cost of Relations with the US”

Erdogan’s Nuclear Dreams Will Be a Nightmare for Turkish-American Relations By Ömer Taşpınar - Oct 7, 2019

As if Turkey’s current problems with NATO – sparked by its purchase of a Russian missile-defense system – were not troubling enough, now its strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants to adopt nuclear weapons. Erdogan made his first public reference to the subject in a speech last month marking the 100th anniversary of Turkey’s War of … Continue reading “Erdogan’s Nuclear Dreams Will Be a Nightmare for Turkish-American Relations”