Cengiz Çandar

Meral Aksener (C) stands before security barriers as police seal off a hotel, preventing Nationalist Action Party dissidents from holding a party congress, Ankara, Turkey, May 15, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Tumay Berkin)

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This woman might be the wild card who stops Erdogan

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

As Turkey's ruling political party struggles to revive its mojo, a challenger is rising who could take on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

KRG not concerned by Turkey's reactions to independence vote

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

Although Kurdistan Regional Government officials are optimistic about the Turkish government's ultimate position on the independence referendum, the Turkish president's recent remarks say differently.

Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric may not have impact he expects

Friday, Jul. 28, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

Turkey, with a fragile economy mostly dependent on the benevolence of its European partners and Israel, cannot swagger about in the Middle East.

Turkey's divisions on display on 'Day of National Unity'

Sunday, Jul. 16, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

Turkey's "Day of Democracy and National Unity" marking the defeat of last year's July 15 coup attempt turns into a celebration of the president and his Justice and Development Party.

Opposition leader's 'Justice March' will change Turkey's political landscape

Friday, Jul. 7, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

Millions around the globe hope Turkey's main opposition's "Justice March" will mark the beginning of a new societal movement.

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Cengiz Candar is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. A journalist since 1976, he is the author of seven books in the Turkish language, mainly on Middle East issues, including the best-seller Mesopotamia Express: A Journey in History. Currently, he is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies (SUITS). On Twitter: @cengizcandar

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