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Briefing on the Istanbul airport strikes

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20 September 2018 Worker protests at the new Istanbul airport highlight the nature of the political and economic challenges facing the Turkish government   Workers have briefly halted construction at Istanbul’s new airport amid complaints of dangerous working conditions The airport is one of several flagship ‘mega-projects’ facing an uncertain future following a recent government […]

Briefing on the changes at Cumhuriyet newspaper

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13 September 2018 Changes at Cumhuriyet newspaper reflect Turkey’s shifting political landscape The new executive board of Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s last remaining independent outlets, have removed the newspaper’s editor-in-chief alongside several high-profile members of staff The move has empowered more secular-nationalist inclined figures at the newspaper at the cost of liberal-leftists The changes reflect […]

Briefing on growing UK – Turkey relations

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06 September 2018 The UK is fast becoming Turkey’s most important Western ally The City of London could face serious challenges from a crisis to Turkey’s banking system, making the UK government a potentially crucial ally as Ankara seeks to secure financial assistance from the EU At the same time, the recent confrontation with the […]

Briefing on Syria and the limits of Turkey – Russia relations

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30 August 2018 Developments in Syria are exposing the potential limits of the Turkey – Russia relationship Turkey is seeking to consolidate its influence in north-west Syria, where it has taken responsibility for the remaining areas under rebel control Russia has indicated it will support an offensive to bring the territory back under the Assad […]

Briefing on EU-Turkey relations after the US crisis

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23 August 2018 Turkey is looking to Europe to offset the economic impact of the crisis with the US Turkey is seeking to decrease its dependence on the West But the EU remains crucial to the prospects of the Turkish economy The crisis with the US has therefore created the opportunity to renew Turkey-EU relations […]

Briefing on the Turkish lira crisis

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16 August 2018 The Turkish government has bought itself time but still faces a potential economic crisis The Turkish lira has rallied amid government steps to stabilise the financial system and secure foreign investment Although temporarily effective, these measures have failed to address the political and economic factors driving a potential crisis, most notably the […]

Briefing on Turkey’s new cabinet

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09 August 2018 President Erdogan’s picks for his new cabinet offer an insight into the direction of his government New Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak is likely to oversee the continuation of an increasingly unorthodox economic policy As Defence Minister, former Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff Hulusi Akar will be tasked with managing the transition that […]

Briefing on US sanctions against Turkey

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26 July 2018 Domestic politics risks pushing Turkey-US relations into a period of perpetual crisis The dispute between the US and Turkey over detained nationals has been increasingly driven by the local political priorities of both governments The move to impose sanctions may have short-term benefits for the Trump administration but is also likely to […]

Briefing on Turkey and the future of NATO

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26 July 2018 Turkey is likely to continue to test but not overstep the limits of the NATO alliance Turkey’s relationship with NATO has been corroded by internal divisions and divergent strategic priorities Growing cooperation with Russia has added to concerns that Turkey is pivoting away from the West But despite seeking greater autonomy, Turkey […]