Sada contributors share their take on what the extraordinary election of Donald Trump could mean for a region in turmoil.
The operation to retake Mosul is part of a broader power struggle between Baghdad and Ankara over spheres of influence in northern Iraq.
Turkey’s shift away from the West since the July 15 coup attempt is a deliberate tactic to strengthen the government’s domestic support base and pursue a more aggressive regional role.
Turkey’s failed coup attempt suggests the military’s political role has reached a nadir, but politicization of the institution continues.
The driving factors of the new war between Turkey and the PKK are intricately linked to the Syrian theater.
Supporting Kurdish groups in Syria could empower them to play a role in resolving regional conflicts, not just in Syria but also in Iraq and Turkey.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party successfully convinced a cross-section of voters that it was the only party able to maintain domestic security.
Turkey’s general elections show the HDP successfully broadened its voter base, but it is unclear how this will affect negotiations to form a parliamentary coalition.
Although real progress is being made on Kurdish peace in Turkey, the PKK is not likely to disarm anytime soon.
Kurds will benefit from the HDP’s decision to run as a party in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, but the party will bear most of the risk.
Erdogan’s hardball politics with other Islamic groups, including the conservative Gülen movement, are discrediting his party’s democratic credentials.
The war in Syria has polarized Turkey’s political landscape and reignited hostilities between Islamists and secularists.
Although Kobani has spurred a KRG-PYD strategic rapprochement, Kurdish unity across borders remains elusive.
Regardless of whether Kurds can successfully defend Kobani, the PKK stands to gain support for its nationalist claims in Turkey.
Prospects for an independent Kurdish state are hampered by security challenges, internal competition, and insufficient international support.
What does the Turkish experience actually represent for the Arab Middle East—and can it really be emulated?
Reformists tout the “Turkish model” as an example for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. But the countries’ different neoliberal trajectories suggest that Egypt’s Islamist parties have a much more difficult road ahead.
Turkey has greatly expanded its economic and security relationships with its Arab neighbors in a drive to increase its role as regional power, while Arab states retain concerns about ties with the powerful Turkish economy.
Since his release from prison late last year, the prominent Sudanese Islamist and former Speaker of Parliament Hassan Turabi has been busy preaching democracy as the best possible system for Muslim countries. Many might consider Turabi's ardent espousal of democracy highly suspect, given his repressive record during the decade when he was Sudan's de facto ruler (1989-1999).