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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

A New ‘Great Game’ Is About to Begin in the Horn of Africa By Ömer Taşpınar - Feb 23, 2020

A quick look at the map shows why the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea have been so important historically. The Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Ottoman, French and British empires understood the geostrategic stakes. The region was critical for global maritime trade even before the Suez Canal made it possible to sail between the Mediterranean … Continue reading “A New ‘Great Game’ Is About to Begin in the Horn of Africa”

Turkey’s Plans for Troops in Libya Is About Russia in Syria and Mediterranean Oil By Ömer Taşpınar - Jan 7, 2020

Turkey’s authoritarian leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, likes to tout his country as a regional superpower with an imperial legacy stretching over centuries and over continents. In fact, modern Turkey is something altogether different. Its military dominance has been confined to its immediate neighborhood, and consists mainly of fighting Kurdish militant groups in northern Syria and … Continue reading “Turkey’s Plans for Troops in Libya Is About Russia in Syria and Mediterranean Oil”

Erdogan Is Preparing For An Early Election Because Time Is Not On His Side By Ömer Taşpınar - Dec 31, 2019

After the embarrassing losses in this year’s local elections – not once but twice in Istanbul – Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come to the bitter realization that time is not on his side. As 2019 draws to a close, his sense of urgency is even more palpable. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2023, … Continue reading “Erdogan Is Preparing For An Early Election Because Time Is Not On His Side”