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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 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”

Northern Syria and the Problem It Provokes in Turkish-American Relations By Ömer Taşpınar - Aug 25, 2019

Decades from now, history books dissecting what went wrong in Turkish-American relations will dedicate a special chapter to Syria. Before the civil war in in that country, Ankara and Washington could still pretend to be strategic partners, despite significant problems between the two. But the uprising in Syria has not only turned the autocracy into … Continue reading “Northern Syria and the Problem It Provokes in Turkish-American Relations”

The Sultan and the Tsar: Turkey’s Flirtation with Russia Has a Long History By Ömer Taşpınar - Aug 16, 2019

Anyone wanting to understand Ankara’s current military and political engagements with Moscow needs to pay attention to two factors: Turkey’s frustrations with the West and the historic drivers of Turkish-Russian friendship. While the former is well documented, the latter is seldom analyzed. The conventional narrative about the history between Russia and Turkey is one of … Continue reading “The Sultan and the Tsar: Turkey’s Flirtation with Russia Has a Long History”