A Trump administration will likely see a warming of relations between the USA, Turkey, and Russia. With regards to Turkey, Trump has praised Erdogan, stating in an interview with the New York Times, that the suppression of the coup on July 15th was ‘quite impressive from the standpoint of existing government.’ Continue reading →
Post by Holly Mortimer, Research Intern at the International Centre for Security Analysis.
As Turkey’s President Recep Tayipp Erdoğan continues to expand the power of the presidency with an eye to rewriting the constitution; his outspoken comments, stubbornness and incoherent foreign policy in the Middle East appear to be pushing Turkey further towards international isolationism. In recent months Turkey’s friends seem to be particularly thin on the ground, both in the West and regionally. This is compounded by Turkey’s ever clearer authoritarian drift; its apparent reluctance to target ISIS; and its strained relations with neighbouring countries.
It is well documented that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has an active and well-developed media presence, especially on social networks. Recently, Robert Hannigan, director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), wrote in the Financial Times that social networks have become the “command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals”.