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Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News, and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

ARTICLES BY: Burak Bekdil


May 11, 2020 8:53 am
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Turkey Won’t Recover Quickly From the Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has deepened fundamental imbalances in the Turkish economy, making a post-crisis freefall quite likely. However, as far as Turkey’s difficult foreign policy...

April 26, 2020 5:43 am
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Turkish Divisions Thrive Amid Coronavirus

Turks often boast about their strong national unity “in good and bad times.” “Dozens of ethnicities came together to win the War of Independence (1920-22),”...

March 25, 2020 8:04 am
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Turkey and Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories and Religious Fantasy

Turkey’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) is generally accepted to be rational, well-timed, not too badly planned, and fairly effective. At a time when the German case...

March 11, 2020 7:06 am
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Islamist Parties in Turkey: A Perpetual Matryoshka

The principal ideologue and leader of Islamism in Turkey was Necmettin Erbakan (1926-2011), none of whose various political parties managed to win enough of a...

February 9, 2020 5:41 am
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Turkey and Israel: Can Pragmatism Defeat ‘Bad Blood’?

For the first time in several years, the word “Israel” is not automatically accompanied in Turkey by bold pejoratives like “baby killer” or “terrorist state.”...

January 9, 2020 9:37 am
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The Soleimani Affair Reveals Turkey’s Directionless Regional Policy

The Turkish Foreign Ministry, which is usually quick to weigh in on matters of world affairs, was silent for hours after news broke of the...

December 9, 2019 6:56 am
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With Friends Like Turkey’s Erdogan, Trump’s America Won’t Need Enemies

With the rise of Islamic State (ISIS) in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014, Turkey became known as a “jihadist highway” that transported...

November 21, 2019 12:13 pm
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Washington and Ankara: Sweet Words, But Differences Remain

“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool. I will call you later,” Donald Trump ended his undiplomatic letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

October 29, 2019 6:44 am
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The West Tolerates Turkey Mainly Out of Fear

Turkey’s value for the West is not about the good it can offer, but the evil it might choose not to spread. In recent years,...

October 24, 2019 7:18 am
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Turkey’s Pyrrhic Victory in Syria

Turkey’s military incursion into northeastern Syria had an ostensibly happy ending on its seventh day, with all state and non-state actors in the Syrian theater...

October 3, 2019 6:42 am
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The Invincible Sultan: Is Erdogan Losing His Populist Charm?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan behaves like a cornered cat when it comes to regional politics: he acts savagely and erratically, lashing out at both...

January 24, 2019 9:05 am
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On Missile Deal, Turkey’s True Ally Is Russia, Not America

The Trump administration has offered to sell $3.5 billion worth of Patriot missiles to Turkey, apparently in an effort to stop Ankara from going ahead...

December 13, 2018 8:49 am
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Erdogan’s Self Interest Always Comes Before His Values

Is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a devout ideologue or a pragmatist? The answer is both. Perhaps a more relevant question is: When is he...

October 11, 2018 9:58 am
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Turkey’s Syrian Quagmire

At first glance, the plan looked viable: using the “Arab Spring” as a legitimate pretext, Turkey would convince Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign; the...

Culture

Leonard Cohen Receives Posthumous Grammy Nomination for Best Folk Album

The late legendary Jewish singer Leonard Cohen has received a posthumous nomination for...

Egyptian Celeb Faces Legal Action for Taking Photos With Israelis

Egyptian actor and rapper Mohamed Ramadan is facing legal action for causing "offense to the Egyptian people" after taking pictures...

Features

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens

JNS.org - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies

JNS.org - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

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World

Woman Screaming ‘Slaughter the Jews’ Attacks Rabbi in Central V...

A woman screaming "Slaughter the Jews" attacked a rabbi in broad daylight on a Vienna street on Thursday afternoon as...

Israel

Israel’s Ethiopian-Born Aliyah Minister to Travel to Country of Birth...

Israel’s Ethiopian-born Minister of Immigrant Absorption will be traveling to the country of her birth on Saturday to bring hundreds...

Middle East

Prominent Iranian Nuclear Scientist Fakhrizadeh Assassinated – State ...

An Iranian nuclear scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret atomic weapons program was assassinated near Tehran on Friday, Iranian state media reported. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died of injuries in hospital...

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