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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.

Written By Omer Taspinar

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”

If America Leaves Syria, the Kurds Need a Plan B By Ömer Taşpınar - Apr 23, 2018

In front of cheering crowds at a political rally, Donald Trump once again managed to shock his own administration by declaring that the US would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Trump apparently had not discussed the timing of this crucially important decision with his military and foreign policy advisors. Needless to say, his statements also … Continue reading “If America Leaves Syria, the Kurds Need a Plan B”