Mustafa Akyol

Ambulances attend the site of an explosion in front of the courthouse in Izmir, Turkey, Jan. 5, 2017.  (photo by EMRE TAZEGUL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Why Turkish government pushes 'global conspiracy' narrative

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Fueled by conspiracies and fake news, Turkey’s ruling elite want to portray all hostile acts in the country as controlled by a Western “mastermind."

How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Did the Islamic State target “the apostate Turkish government” or New Year's Eve? The answer is complex.

Turkish Islamists’ trial with sectarianism

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Turkish Islamists’ Middle Eastern vision did not begin with a sectarian outlook, but the existing sectarian tension may change this.

What the 'Russian lobby' in Ankara wants

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

A group of so-called Eurasianists are again whispering to Ankara that Turkey's future lies with Russia and China and have outlined a plan for severing ties with Europe.

Why do Turks blame the West for PKK terror?

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Conspiracy theories aside, Turks can be forgiven for thinking that Western support for Syrian Kurds is essentially support for the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party.

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Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse, a columnist for the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, and a monthly contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times. His articles have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian. He is the author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. Akyol is currently a Visting Senior Fellow at the Wellesley Freedom Project. On Twitter: @AkyolinEnglish

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