Al-Monitor Newsmaker Interviews

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, attend an official ceremony to mark the 89th anniversary of Republic Day in Ankara, Oct. 29, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan wants war with Syria

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 | Amberin Zaman , Columnist

Turkey’s main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the Republican People’s Party, says that the Turkish prime minister is bent on provoking war with Syria to divert attention from government corruption.

Islamic Jihad leader: negotiations gain 'nothing'

Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 | Ali Hashem, Columnist

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shalah said, “Our performance from one war to another is getting better. If in 2012 we hit Tel Aviv, I think the enemy can imagine what can be beyond Tel Aviv.”

Sen. Kaine says Russia can do more to resolve Syria crisis

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, discusses US policy toward the Middle East with Al-Monitor.

Kemal Dervis: 'Crisis in Turkey is primarily political'

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | Riada Ašimović Akyol, Contributor

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Turkey’s former Minister of Economic Affairs Kemal Dervis asserts, “The perception of the independence of the Central Bank has been shaken.”

Salih Muslim: Syrian coalition does not represent Kurds

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Columnist

In exclusive remarks to Al-Monitor, Salih Muslim, the chairman of the Democratic Union Party, said that Syria's Kurds should be better recognized in the Geneva negotiations.


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