• Eurasia Outlook
    Strategic Cynicism in Kobani
    Michael Cecire October 30, 2014

    In isolation, Turkey’s actions in Iraq and Syria appear strategically myopic and potentially self-defeating, but they do accept that even an assured victory against ISIS irregulars could end up empowering the same regime Ankara has pledged to remove from power.

  • Strategic Europe
    Understanding Turkey’s Take on the Islamic State
    Marc Pierini October 17, 2014

    Ankara should acknowledge that political realities and threats in the Middle East are changing fast. And the West should support a change in Turkish policy.

  • Syria in Crisis
    A Kurdish Alamo: Five Reasons the Battle for Kobane Matters
    Katherine Wilkens October 10, 2014

    The outcome of the battle for Kobane will have significant implications for the fight against the Islamic State and developments in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq moving forward.

  • Strategic Europe
    Kobanê and Beyond: Unfathomable Risks for Turkey and the Kurds
    Marc Pierini October 10, 2014

    If Islamic State militants were to gain control of Syrian Kurdish areas, it would trigger a political earthquake among the Kurdish communities of Turkey and Western Europe.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Why Is Turkey Still So Reluctant to Join the Coalition Against the “Islamic State”?
    Bayram Balci October 10, 2014

    Turkey hesitates to fully embrace the U.S.-led coalition’s actions against the Islamic State. Ankara’s most crucial hesitation relates to the Kurdish issue which plays such a central role in Turkish policy in the Middle East.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Is Turkey Going to War?
    Aron Lund October 3, 2014

    While Turkey is likely to lend assistance to the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State, the recent parliamentary vote won’t trigger any military action by itself. For Turkey, the top priority is not to join the campaign but to leverage it for other purposes.

  • Strategic Europe
    Judy Asks: What on Earth Is Turkey Up to?
    Judy Dempsey September 24, 2014

    Every week, a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

  • Strategic Europe
    Tensions on the Turkish Border
    Marc Pierini September 22, 2014

    Chaos has descended along Turkey’s frontier with Syria. That raises a number of questions about Ankara’s efforts to combat the Islamic State militants.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Debating a Kurdish State
    Serhun Al August 12, 2014 عربي

    Prospects for an independent Kurdish state are hampered by security challenges, internal competition, and insufficient international support.

  • Strategic Europe
    The Impact of ISIS on Turkey and Beyond
    Sinan Ülgen June 23, 2014

    The ISIS insurgency in Iraq will pose significant political and security challenges for the established states of the Middle East, including, first and foremost, Turkey.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkey’s Border Threat and NATO’s Role
    Marc Pierini October 14, 2014 Nato Channel TV

    The West and Turkey should meet the Islamic State threat with counterterrorism and border control measures. That may not be a military operation, but it is a big challenge.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkey Seen Rebuilding Ties with the EU and U.S. on Security
    Sinan Ülgen August 8, 2014 Bloomberg TV On the Move

    The security risks in the Middle East will strengthen Turkey’s partnership with Western allies.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    How Should Washington Respond to Turkey?
    David Rothkopf June 11, 2013 CNN

    Following massive protests in Turkey and subsequent government backlash, Obama’s relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan has come into question.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkey at the Political and Geographic Nexus
    Marc Pierini April 4, 2013 China Radio International's Beyond Beijing

    Turkey has experienced rising influence, but struggles with internal divides. Currently, it is dealing with regional developments in pursuing peace with the PKK and Israel.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Is Turkey Taking the Lead Against Assad's Regime?
    Marc Pierini April 4, 2013 Fox News

    Following the Syrian crisis, Turkey's main role will be that of providing reconstruction aid.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    A Discussion on Turkey
    Henri Barkey May 12, 2011 Charlie Rose Show

    The Arab Spring has presented problems for Ankara’s foreign policy of zero problems with its neighbors. The outcome of the popular uprisings in neighboring Syria will ultimately have a significant impact on this policy and on the projection of Turkish power in the region.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkey's Role in the Middle East
    Henri Barkey June 8, 2010 Al Jazeera's Inside Story

    Turkey is one of the most economically and politically powerful states in the Middle East and it has recently been taking steps to fill the leadership vacuum that exists in the region.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Raid Strains Israeli-Turkish Relations
    Henri Barkey May 31, 2010 NPR's All Things Considered

    Turkey is strongly condemning Israel for the attack Monday on a six-ship flotilla taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The attack has dealt a very public setback to Israeli-Turkish relations, which have been slowly deteriorating for several years.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Gaza and the Peace Process
    Jessica Tuchman Mathews May 31, 2010 Al Jazeera

    The attack on the flotilla headed for Gaza was not only a political catastrophe for the Israelis; it also underscored the tragedy of the situation in Gaza and the need for substantive progress to be made in the peace process.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Turkish Military Leaders Released in Coup Probe
    Henri Barkey February 25, 2010 PBS NewsHour

    The recent arrest of more than fifty senior Turkish military officers on allegations that they planned to overthrow the government is part of a larger question about the influence the Turkish military should have on national politics.


Carnegie Experts on Turkey

  • Bayram Balci
    Nonresident Scholar
    Russia and Eurasia Program

    Balci is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on Turkey and Turkish foreign policy in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

  • Shahram Chubin
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Chubin, who is based in Geneva, focuses his research on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues. He was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009.

  • Gilles Dorronsoro
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Dorronsoro’s research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan. He was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute of Political Studies of Rennes.

  • Ariel (Eli) Levite
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Marc Pierini
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Pierini is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on developments in the Middle East and Turkey from a European perspective.

  • Sinan Ülgen
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Ülgen is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the implications of Turkish foreign policy for Europe and the United States, nuclear policy, and the security and economic aspects of transatlantic relations.

  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

  • Katherine Wilkens
    Deputy Director
    Middle East Program

    Wilkens is the deputy director of the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Over the last two decades, she has held a number of senior positions in the U.S. government and nonprofit sector.


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