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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.

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”

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”