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Semih Idiz


Semih Idiz is a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Turkey Pulse. A journalist who has been covering diplomacy and foreign-policy issues for major Turkish newspapers for 30 years, his opinion pieces can be followed in the English-language Hurriyet Daily News. He can also be read in the newspaper Taraf. His articles have been published in The Financial Times, The Times of London, Mediterranean Quarterly and Foreign Policy magazine, and he is a frequent contributor to BBC World, VOA, NPR, Deutsche Welle, various Israeli media organizations and Al Jazeera.

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Turkey, Russia tread cautious line over Ukraine

By  Semih Idiz | Tue, Apr 15, 2014
As the conflict between Russia and the West heats up, Ankara and Moscow are finding their neighborly relationship ever more challenging to maintain.

Erdogan’s quixotic battle against social media

By  Semih Idiz | Fri, Apr 11, 2014
The Turkish prime minister’s battles with Twitter and YouTube undermine his government’s international credibility.

Erdogan presidency no foregone conclusion

By  Semih Idiz | Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Turkish President Abdullah Gul still holds the key to how Turkey will be governed, even if Recep Tayyip Erdogan runs and wins, which may not be a foregone conclusion.

Erdogan’s fractured ties to the West

By  Semih Idiz | Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Some are speculating that following the victory of the Justice and Development Party in municipal elections, Turkey might seek to build bridges to the West, but this would require a shift in Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approach.

Erdogan plays Egypt card in 'ballot box' victory

By  Semih Idiz | Tue, Apr 1, 2014
The municipal elections may have been a victory for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP), but not necessarily a victory for Turkish democracy.
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