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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.

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”

Turkey’s Central Bank Is Being Set Up by Erdogan to Be the Villain in the Economic Crisis By Ömer Taşpınar - Sep 24, 2018

The Turkish central bank’s decision on September 13 to raise interest rates by a massive 6.25 percentage points to 24 percent surprised many analysts. After all, only minutes before the decision was announced, the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was once again declaring to a group of Turkish industrialists his well-known opposition to high interest rates … Continue reading “Turkey’s Central Bank Is Being Set Up by Erdogan to Be the Villain in the Economic Crisis”

Turkey’s Nightmare Is That Erdogan Is Not Going to Back Down on the Economy or on the US By Ömer Taşpınar - Aug 19, 2018

Depending on how you look at it, Recep Tayyip Erdogan either is a political genius with a keen sense of electoral timing, or his country’s worst economic nightmare. For Erdogan, politics is the art of survival – and he is extremely good at it. He correctly judged voters’ temperament and called early elections on June … Continue reading “Turkey’s Nightmare Is That Erdogan Is Not Going to Back Down on the Economy or on the US”

Turkey’s Economy in Peril with Erdogan’s Unorthodox Policies By Ömer Taşpınar - Jul 15, 2018

Soon after Recep Tayyip Erdogan won last month’s presidential and parliamentary elections, all eyes were on whether he would adopt a more conciliatory political tone and take steps to reform the economy. But true to form, Erdogan wasted no time in crushing early hopes of magnanimity in victory and pragmatism in the economy. The new … Continue reading “Turkey’s Economy in Peril with Erdogan’s Unorthodox Policies”

Turkey’s Elections Crowns Erdogan’s Nationalism By Ömer Taşpınar - Jun 28, 2018

Turkey’s strong man once again proved his invincibility in elections. But the real story behind what took place last Sunday is not Erdogan’s Islamist victory. It is rise of authoritarian Turkish nationalism. The elections show a country deeply polarized along ethnic lines. Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory came thanks his coalition with Turkish nationalists. His Justice … Continue reading “Turkey’s Elections Crowns Erdogan’s Nationalism”