“Why do we have this recent haze and craze then if the liberal world order that we mourn for now has never been born?”
Over the past week, the Turkish Armed Forces neutralized two senior PKK commanders and took diplomatic steps for a decisive solution to the country’s war on terror.
The U.S. will fail to leave a smooth legacy in the Middle East without the support of Turkey. Thus, there’s still time to transform relations from a lose-lose to a win-win situation.
The only hope for a new start is Trump’s unpredictability. Another u-turn in American policies toward Turkey can save a sinking alliance, but time is running out. Somebody should tell Trump that when a super power goes rogue, everything goes wrong.
The U.S. demands Turkey to release Andrew Brunson but at the same time refuses to extradite Fetullah Gulen – the leader of the terrorist organization, FETO.
As the HDP embraces a louder affiliation with the PKK, counterterrorism measures might be hardened to hurt the party organization more seriously.
Following the independence referendum held in the KRG last September, with Nechirvan Barzani’s attendance to Erdogan’s inauguration, Turkish government and KRG administration have began to re-build relations.
“A final finding of the June 24 elections in Turkey is that neither Turkey’s eastern votes nor its Kurdish votes act as a bloc but intra-eastern and intra-Kurdish differences prevail in the country.”
The June 24 elections have illustrated that the popularity of the HDP in comparison to the AK Party has decreased in Eastern Turkey.
Many would bet for a victory for Erdogan but with a divided parliament, which will make politics quite hot for the following months in terms of the relations between the executive and legislative branches.