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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.

Economic Uncertainty Likely to Continue After Turkey’s Elections By Ömer Taşpınar - Jun 21, 2018

Whoever emerges as the victor in Turkish elections on June 24, investors will remain nervous about the direction of the economy. With interest rates increasing in the West, global investors are losing interest in emerging markets. Countries like Turkey and Argentina that suffers from high inflation and growing current account deficits are under even more … Continue reading “Economic Uncertainty Likely to Continue After Turkey’s Elections”

Expect Erdogan to Launch a Northern Iraq Offensive Before Turkey’s Elections By Ömer Taşpınar - Jun 12, 2018

Turkey’s strongman leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, relies on two things to win elections: a strong economy and nationalism. With the Turkish currency in free fall and the economy unravelling, he now desperately needs to mobilize the nationalist vote. A cross-border military operation in northern Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, would certainly do … Continue reading “Expect Erdogan to Launch a Northern Iraq Offensive Before Turkey’s Elections”

Turkey and Israel’s Fraying Ties Go Beyond Erdogan and Netanyahu By Ömer Taşpınar - May 20, 2018

Turkish-Israeli relations are going from bad to worse and there is not much light at the end of tunnel. Those who believed Turkey and Israel should be able to work together based on shared economic and strategic interests – strong trade, energy cooperation, stability in Syria, containment of Iran – often make a simple point: … Continue reading “Turkey and Israel’s Fraying Ties Go Beyond Erdogan and Netanyahu”

As Turkey Goes to the Polls, Erdogan’s Belligerent Nationalism Masks Economic Problems By Ömer Taşpınar - May 3, 2018

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to call early elections on June 24 reflects his sense of urgency, bordering on panic. The reason is simple: the Turkish economy is on the verge of a currency crisis. Erdogan’s winning formula in politics has always been strong economic performance coupled with nationalism. In the absence of the former, … Continue reading “As Turkey Goes to the Polls, Erdogan’s Belligerent Nationalism Masks Economic Problems”