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Turkey Wonk

Oct 16, 2017

What the hell is going on in Idlib? Turkey has sent troops into a sliver of territory in northwestern Syria to monitor a tripartite deescalation zone, as part of the Astana process.

The terms of the agreement are murky, the reasons the actors agreed to this arrangement are also hard to understand. And to make things...

Oct 5, 2017

Turkey and the KRG have a complicated energy relationship. Ankara is the KRG’s main conduit for oil exports and, up until about a week ago, was the KRG’s most important ally in its squabbles with Baghdad. Now the tables have turned and the Turks and Baghdad are best friends, so much so that their militaries...

Sep 21, 2017

The Kurdish referendum is going forward, despite most of the world opposing the non-binding vote on the independence question. The pro-independence campaign will win, but what will the fall out be?
Is Iraq destined for more violence? What about Kirkuk and the disputed territories? Iran and Turkey? Federal Iraq? To...

Sep 11, 2017

After a lengthy hiatus, the Turkey Wonk podcast is back. In the inaugural episode, Aaron speaks with Laura Pitel, an Ankara-based journalist. The conversation touched on all things Turkish politics since the April referendum and the current state of affairs in the “New Turkey”.

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