Tulin Daloglu is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. She has written extensively for various Turkish and American publications, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Middle East Times, Foreign Policy, The Daily Star (Lebanon) and the SAIS Turkey Analyst Report. She also had a regular column at The Washington Times for almost four years. In the 2002 general election, Daloglu ran for a seat in the Turkish parliament as a member of the New Turkey Party. She earned a masters degree in international relations at the Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University in Washington, DC.
Ahmet Turk, a pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party member, draws attention to a new legislation bringing municipalities under direct tutelage of governors, and argues that is in direct contradiction to the government’s Kurdish initiative.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu claims Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters are withdrawing from Turkey toward Syria to fight against the Assad regime, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Deputy Nazmi Gur says his party will support the AKP government’s proposal to form an investigative commission in parliament, although it falls short of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan’s expectation of a ‘truth commission,’ Tulin Daloglu writes.
Talks between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were proceeding without interruption after imprisoned PKK Leader Abdullah Ocalan received three members of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) on April 2, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Ersan Sen, a well-known criminal-law expert, argues that Turkish Prime Minister Racep Tayyep Erdogan’s Kurdish initiative may undermine the role of parliament and prospects for a lasting settlement, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Gultan Kisanak, pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chairwoman, asks for legal guarantees to prevent any potential lawsuits for helping the Erdogan government in facilitating talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempt to clarify earlier remarks on Zionism may aim in part to repair ties with the United States, which have also been strained by Ankara's refusal to hand over an al-Qaeda official to US authorities, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Tulin Daloglu writes that PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is expected to call for the end of armed struggle in Turkey, and asks what the state is promising in return and why the government is seeking Ocalan’s blessing.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's suggestion of an Ottoman model for a new Middle East order is likely a misreading of regional politics that could prove hard for Turkey to back away from, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Although Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem will present his letter of accreditation to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, Turkish diplomatic sources insist that Turkey is not “appointing an ambassador to Palestine,” writes Tulin Daloglu.
Namik Durukan's scoop in Milliyet about the meeting between the Kurdish deputies and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has provoked a debate about journalistic ethics and practice, writes Tulin Daloglu.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Turkey, joined Western leaders in criticizing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inflammatory rhetoric on Israel equating Zionism to crimes against humanity, reports Tulin Daloglu.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s initiative to change Turkey’s constitution to support a presidential, rather than parliamentary, system, is encountering some opposition, writes Tulin Daloglu.
While there's no connection between the arrest of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Gheith, days before the suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, and the bombing itself, both incidents put the focus on Turkey’s role in combating terrorism, reports Tulin Daloglu.
Tulin Daloglu reports on how, beneath the rhetoric of Turkey's hard line on Syria, there are signs that Ankara might be willing to call on Syria's opposition to show greater flexibility in dealing with the Syrian government.
A petition on the White House website calling for Turkey to open its borders to Armenian-Syrian refugees has provoked a reaction from the Turkish Foreign Ministry as the Syrian crisis now appears linked to other issues in US-Turkey-Armenia relations.
In a rare interview, an Ahrar al-Shams fighter tells Al-Monitor that the goal of his Salafi group is to establish an Islamic state in Syria and that "We will not let go until we achieve our goal." He explained that most of his comrades “don’t know anything” about the external Syrian opposition, and that he believes Turkey is profiting from the war.
Izzettin Dogan, the chairman of the Cem Foundation, a major umbrella organization for Turkish Alewites, claims “there is a systemic cleansing of Alewites people from all state institutions – including the judiciary.”
While the Jewish community in Turkey — now reportedly under surveillance by Turkish intelligence services — wants to help the Erdogan government heal its rift with Israel, it’s unclear as to what they can do, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Pressure is mounting on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for Turkey’s failed Middle East policies, including calls from a leading opposition parliamentarian for his dismissal, writes Tulin Daloglu.
By continuing to engage PKK Leader Abdulla Ocalan, the government of Prime Minister Erdogan has failed in both its efforts to combat PKK terrorism and to resolve broader issues about Kurdish rights in Turkey, writes Tulin Daloglu.
Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one with consequences for Turkish democracy, Tulin Daloglu writes for Al-Monitor.
A peaceful celebration in Turkey was marred by barricades and tear gas, reports Tulin Davoglu. While the many non-governmental organizations that applied to gather before parliament were denied permits, the event in no way provoked security forces to violence, she writes.
No uprising in the Arab world has been as sectarian as the Syrian crisis, writes Tulin Daloglu, and Turkey's efforts to help been tainted by its own sectarian issues. Many question Turkish inaction to save the lives of kidnapped Shiite pilgrims, and its prime minister has accused an opposition leader of solidarity with Assad because of their common sectarian background.
In December, Egyptian police raided the Cairo offices of 10 NGOs, including four American ones, accusing them of improperly filing registration paperwork and receiving illegal money from outside the country for political campaigns. Al-Monitor's Tulin Daloglu interviewed Robert Becker, one of the two Americans staying to fight the charges.
Attacks by Kurdish separatists in Turkey are becoming bolder and more frequent, but the government and opposition political parties appear to be at a loss as to how to curb the violence. Tulin Daloglu writes that all the Turkish political factions are using the PKK as a political football, blaming each other for supporting the PKK’s ideology.
While the Syrian regime looks increasingly precarious, many Turks worry about the burgeoning refugee camps and wish that the Turkish government would move them into a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border. On site at the camps, Tulin Daloglu shares refugee stories and the perspectives of uneasy Turks.
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and Russian President Putin met in Moscow just as news broke that a bombing in Damascus had killed Syria’s defense minister and his deputy. Tulin Daloglu reports that despite their differences over Syria, the leaders acted as though all was business as usual regarding their strategic partnership of strong trade ties.
Tulin Daloglu writes that Turkey and Syria will not go to war because of a downed Turkish warplane, but that this is not the first time Turkey has lost citizens to its neighbors’ actions. The AKP government's attempts to maintain stability in its relationship with Tehran threaten Turkish credibility as the number of incidents with Iran also rises.
The Turkish-Israeli relationship is close to hitting rock bottom, writes Tulin Daloglu. The two countries once had good relations, relative to Israel and its other regional neighbors, but just last week the Turkish Prime Minister's declaration that Israeli tourists were no longer welcome once again exemplified bad blood between the nations.
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