Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Turkey eyes a new military operation in northern Syria, leaving people in the area on edge


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he plans to establish an 18-mile “safe zone” in northern Syria to counter a US-backed Kurdish group. Erdoğan considers the People’s Protection Units, or the YPG, a threat to the security of his country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman review a military honor guard during a welcome ceremony, in Ankara, Turkey

MBS visits Ankara as Turkey attempts to repair relations with its regional rivals

Global Politics
Members of a Turkish group hold a symbolic boarding pass for 10 foreign ambassadors as they stage a protest near the US Embassy to support Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. 

Turkey’s Erdoğan strategically backtracks threat to expel Western diplomats, political analyst explains

Foreign policy
Protesters chant slogans against the government's decision to withdraw from Istanbul Convention

Hundreds protest Turkey’s withdrawal from treaty to prevent violence against women

Supporters of the Turkey Youth Union chant slogans during a protest against US President Joe Biden's statement, outside the US consulate in Istanbul, April 26, 2021.

Turkey’s Erdoğan calls Biden’s acknowledgment of the Armenian genocide ‘unfounded, unjust, unrealistic’

Human rights
A few cows graze on green grass along a river in daylight hours.

Istanbul’s mega-canal poses threats to surrounding villages, wildlife


Turkey is planning a billion-dollar canal project along the Bosphorus, but environmentalists and local villagers say it could threaten the way of life there.

A man in a suit stands at a podium near red and white Turkish flag.

French teacher’s murder widens France-Turkey rift over secularism


As France mourns a beloved teacher murdered after showing controversial cartoons in class, a diplomatic rift between Europe and the Muslim world over secularism and religious freedom is widening.

A Turkish ship with a flag sails in the eastern Mediterranean Sea

Greece and Turkey sail toward a crisis of sea borders 


Greece’s and Turkey’s land borders are fairly clear these days — but claims over the sea are not. When you add recent, underwater gas discoveries to the mix, the decision about who has the right to drill — and where — becomes tangled and complex. 

Women hold protest signs and also wear face masks and plastic shields as they protest.

In Turkey, a conservative push to remove domestic violence protections is met with an uproar

Women & Gender

Leaders of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were expected to announce a decision on the matter after a meeting on Aug. 5, but Turkish newspapers reported Tuesday that the gathering has been postponed indefinitely. Turkish women, however, say they will continue to protest. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's supporters rally in Istanbul in 2016 following the failed coup.

Expulsions, pushbacks and extraditions: Turkey’s war on dissent extends to Europe

Conflict & Justice

The Gülenists, dubbed by Turkey as FETO, the Fethullahist Terror Organization, are being purged on a massive scale. Those who have been accused include scientists, schoolteachers, policemen and journalists.