Mustafa Akyol

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (L) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 10, 2016. (photo by Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS)

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Venezuela's Maduro finds solidarity in Turkey

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

When supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan look at the situation in Venezuela, they see a leader to be defended like their own instead of a situation to be avoided.

Why Erdogan fired Turkey’s top cleric

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

The departure of Mehmet Gormez, who headed Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), had many wondering if he was not loyal enough to the Turkish president.

Turkey’s main opposition changes focus from 'secularism' to 'justice'

Sunday, Jul. 2, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s impressive march from Ankara to Istanbul shows one thing: The CHP is no longer the “state party” that it was throughout the 20th century.

Insulting Ataturk still serious crime in Turkey

Tuesday, May. 16, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Here is the key question that very few Turks ask: Should disrespectful speech about an important person constitute a crime?

Will Turkish opposition rally around Erdogan challenger in 2019?

Thursday, May. 11, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

If the opposition unifies around a candidate who can attract varied segments of votes, Erdoganism may not become the only game in town by the 2019 presidential election.

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Mustafa Akyol

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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 LibertyAkyol is currently a Visting Senior Fellow at the Freedom Project at the Wellesley CollegeOn Twitter: @AkyolinEnglish

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