Mustafa Akyol

A large image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is held up outside the Turkish Consulate during protests in Rotterdam, Netherlands, March 11, 2017.  

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How conflict with the West empowers Erdogan

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

How did the West so firmly become the main enemy for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters?

How Germany accidentally gave Erdogan a boost ahead of key vote

Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

Are German authorities doing the right thing by not allowing Turkish politicians to hold rallies in Germany? Here is why they are not.

How Moses cartoon killed Turkish satirical magazine

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

A cartoon ridiculing Moses brought about the swift demise of a satirical magazine without a political or legal decision having been made.

Coming soon: Erdogan 'The Chief'

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

A hagiographic biopic on the life and times of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled for release during the runup to the constitutional amendment that could expand his authority and entrench him in power.

The real reason Erdoganists still love Trump despite 'Muslim ban'

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 | Mustafa Akyol, Columnist

One wonders why all this persistent sympathy for US President Donald Trump exists in Turkey’s pro-Erdogan universe. There are two answers.

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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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