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Washington’s Dead End in Syria

Victory Will Only Last if the U.S. Stays by Sam Heller On July 4, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), …

Plumbing the Deep State

Before leaving Turkey for London with my family in 1999, I remember regularly seeing uniformed men on television commenting on …

A Turkish Helping Hand

There’s been much focus on religious-motivated violence by Al Qaeda-linked groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and others in Syria, and rightly so. …

The Turkish Model

In an unprecedented move, in late December 2012 Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government started negotiations with the Kurdistan …

PKK Waves Flag of Islam

Recent comments from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan puzzled groups that have long been allied with his …

War of Words

It is only a fish restaurant, but Memet gasps with surprise when he sees it. “I’ve never seen this in …

Big Brother Erdoğan

Five years ago in Diyarbakır, a Kurdish city built on a volcanic outcrop over a bend in the River Tigris …

Three’s A Crowd

My career as a diplomatic reporter began just a couple of months before the start of the First Gulf War. …

PKK–Ankara Talks Resume

A welcome new opportunity has opened up to settle the thirty-year conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ …