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The Turkey Initiative of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Joint Center was launched in 2006. The main aim of the Initiative is to function as a nexus for expertise, knowledge and information on Turkish politics, society, and foreign relations.

Geopolitical developments in the Middle East and the Black Sea region, Turkey's bid for EU membership, and the evolution of Turkey's experiment in democratic politics in a Muslim society all make Turkey a crucial country to both Europe and the United States, as well as to the region in which it is located. However, Turkey is generally treated peripherally within academic as well as bureaucratic institutions - on the edge of either Europe or Asia - but it is seldom taken as a focal point.


The Turkey Analyst

The main outlet of the Turkey Initiative is the Turkey Analyst edited by Halil M. Karaveli. The Turkey Analyst is a publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Joint Center, designed to bring authoritative analysis and news on the rapidly developing domestic and foreign policy issues in Turkey. It is published bi-weekly, and includes summaries of selected commentaries in the Turkish media


Visit the Turkey Analyst webpage.



Svante E. Cornell, Director
Halil M. Karaveli, Senior Fellow and Managing Editor
Gareth H. Jenkins, Non-resident Senior Fellow


Publications on Turkey

Halil Karaveli
NATO Must Demand More From Turkey
COMMENTARY, The New York Times, March 29, 2016 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli
Turkey's Decline
COMMENTARY, Foreign Affairs, March 02, 2016 Webpage Link
Halil M. Karaveli
La Turquie, est-elle destinée à durer ?
COMMENTARY, January 27, 2016 Webpage Link
Halil M. Karaveli
Is Turkey at War with the “Islamic State?”
ARTICLE, Turkey Analyst, Volume 08, January 25, 2016 Webpage Link
Eric Edelman, Svante Cornell , Aaron Lobel , Halil Karaveli , Blaise Misztal, Ayhan Üçok, Jessica Michek
Turkey Transformed: The Origins and Evolution of Authoritarianism and Islamization Under the AKP
REPORT, October 29, 2015 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli
Turkey’s Military Rulers
COMMENTARY, The New York Times, September 11, 2015 Webpage Link
Ozan Serdaroğlu
The Turkish-Kurdish Energy Deal Could Pave Way for Iraq's Breakup
COMMENTARY, Middle East Eye, August 31, 2015 Webpage Link
Svante E. Cornell
Erdogan’s Approaching Downfall—and a Kurdish Revolution
COMMENTARY, The American Interest, June 10, 2015 Webpage Link
Halil M. Karaveli, Aliza Marcus
How the Kurds' Power Play Backfired in Turkey
ARTICLE, The National Interest, March 27, 2015 Webpage Link
Svante E. Cornell
Understanding Turkey's Tilt
JOURNAL ARTICLE, The Journal of International Security Affairs, No. 27, February 20, 2015, pp. 7 Webpage Link
Ozan Serdaroglu
Turkey and China: An Emerging Partnership?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 162, October 09, 2014 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli
Kobani and the Future of Turkish Democracy
COMMENTARY, Foreign Affairs, October 08, 2014 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli, Michael Tanchum
Pakistan's Lessons for Turkey
COMMENTARY, The New York Times, October 05, 2014 Webpage Link
Halil M. Karaveli
Erdogan's Achilles' Heel
ARTICLE, Foreign Affairs, August 08, 2014 Webpage Link
Blaise Misztal, Halil M. Karaveli, Svante E. Cornell
Foreign Policy Reset Unlikely Under President Erdogan
COMMENTARY, The American Interest, August 07, 2014 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli, Aliza Marcus
Turkey: Return of the Generals
COMMENTARY, The National Interest, May 13, 2014 Webpage Link
Halil Karaveli
Cold Turkey - Reforming Ankara from the Outside In
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Foreign Affairs, April 23, 2014 Webpage Link
Halil M. Karaveli
Trial By Twitter
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Foreign Affairs, March 25, 2014 Webpage Link
Svante E Cornell
Erdoğan's Looming Downfall
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Middle East Quarterly, Volume 21, No. 02, March 05, 2014 Webpage Link

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