Turkey


The Kurdish Referendum: Fears Grow Over A ‘Destabilizing Impact’

Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani, plans to take the Kurds to a landmark referendum. Despite the overwhelming international opposition to this plan, Barzani believes this referendum will bring the Kurds to independence. Kurdish nationalist movements have advocated for independence since the Orroman Empire broke down, giving birth to the modern […]


Regional Discontent Surrounds Independent Kurdistan Referendum

As ISIS is hammered on all fronts in Iraq and Syria and ceases to exist as a viable territorial and economic entity, joint counterterrorism operations could potentially be undermined and affect regional security with the reopening of the Iraqi Kurdistan question through an independence referendum to be held on September […]


President Erdogan’s Purge Continues With Trial Of 500 Military Personnel

The largest single trial since last year’s attempted military coup is underway in Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. Consisting mainly of members of Turkey’s military, the trial is the most recent purge of government institutions and civil society by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A variety of charges have been mounted against […]


A Call For Neutrality In UN’s Syrian Peace Talks

In an open letter to Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s Syrian Special Envoy, a coalition of 160 Syrian civil society groups have voiced concerns that their peace talks are failing due to external influence from foreign nations. The letter reveals a deep-seated frustration with the UN’s peace processes as several […]


Autocracy In Turkey: The Lesser Of Two Evils?

Seventeen journalists from Cumhuriyet, the last independent newspaper in Turkey, have been put on trial in Istanbul and have been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist organizations by the government. This trial follows a long period of government superstition after the attempted coup in 2016, with more than 50,000 people […]


Muslim Youth Gather In Istanbul To Support Palestine

Members of student unions and youth organisations from 30 countries assembled in the Turkish city of Istanbul to participate in a two-day conference discussing recent and future developments in the Palestinian territories. Organised by the Turkish-based Anatolian Youth Association, National Youth Foundation and Platform for Youth Movement for Jerusalem and […]


United Arab Emirates Denies Washington Post Report On Hacking Of Qatar News Agency

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied The Washington Post’s report that claims it was behind the hacking of the state-run Qatar News Agency in May, which has resulted in one of the worst diplomatic crises for the Arab Gulf in decades. In May, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad […]


EU-Turkey Deal Is A Violation Of Human Rights

The Syrian-Turkish border has been closed for over 2 years. Yet, with the Syrian-Jordan border seriously restricted, Lebanon saturated with refugees, and the war extending into Iraq, asylum seekers are desperate to reach Europe. Over the last two years, however, the European governments have taken increasingly controversial measures to ensure the […]


The ‘Silent Crisis’ Of Mental Illness Among Asylum Seekers In Europe

A report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has brought to light the severity of the psychological traumas being suffered by asylum seekers in the European Union. Suicide attempts, self-harm, aggression, anxiety, and depression were found to be endemic among those contained in camps on Greek islands, particularly among young […]