EGF Turkey File, March — Mid April 2015

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Insights into Turkish Domestic and International Politics
1 March 2015 — 16 April 2015

By John VanPool, EGF Turkey and Black Sea Regional Analyst

Key Points:

  • President Erdogan claims Iran is attempting to divide and conquer the Middle East, but tempers his criticisms following a visit to Tehran.
  • Turkish journalist Emre Kizilkaya notes the aftereffects of the Gezi Park protests and their resulting impact on the opposition"s electoral processes.
  • A Cold War relic reappears in a terrorist attack by a far left group, though the lack of support for the group"s actions indicate maturing Turkish political attitudes.
  • The geostrategic implications of the Turkish Stream Pipeline expand as two EU-member states sign on and Turkish energy importers seek to lower rising Russian gas prices.

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