The Strongman Bond: Trump and Erdogan

Post by Ed Roberts, Research Intern at ICSA

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

Can Turkey Achieve its Domestic Nuclear Ambitions?

Post by Holly Mortimer, Research Intern at the International Centre for Security Analysis

As Turkey’s nuclear energy programme slowly progresses with the ceremonial ground breaking  for the first Russian-built plant at Akkuyu, and the ratification of the  intergovernmental agreement with Japan for the second plant at Sinop, President Erdogan and other senior government officials continue to promote the idea of a fully domestic nuclear capability. This ambition is in line with their wider domestic agenda ahead of the 2023 centenary of the Turkish Republic; widely interpreted as an attempt by the Justice and Development party (AKP) to drum up nationalistic support.

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Turkey’s Road to Isolation

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.

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