Burhanettin Duran

Burhanettin Duran

Burhanettin Duran received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in 1993 and obtained his Ph.D in Political Science from Bilkent University in 2001. Currently, Dr. Duran is a Professor at Ibn Haldun University and the General Coordinator of SETA Foundation.
Fear and loathing in the Middle East

Fear and loathing in the Middle East

November 3, 2018
Having eliminated his rivals within the House of Saud, MBS was widely seen as the man who would call the shots for the next four or five decades in Saudi Arabia – until the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, that is. The Saudi crown prince currently faces allegations that he gave the orders for the Saudi journalist's murder.
Celebrating the Republic with concrete action

Celebrating the Republic with concrete action

October 31, 2018
On Monday, the Turkish people marked the 95th anniversary of their republic as Istanbul's new international airport opened its doors. This event went down in history as a first under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
Another story cannot absolve Riyadh

Another story cannot absolve Riyadh

October 29, 2018
It is obvious that the Khashoggi murder has damaged the Saudis' regional design aims that had the crown prince as their centerpiece.
The alleged 'ideological split' in the People's Alliance

The alleged 'ideological split' in the People's Alliance

October 27, 2018
It became clear on Tuesday that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won't form an alliance ahead of the 2019 municipal elections. Now both sides have to compete against each other in a civilized manner and manage the risk of the former members of the Nation Alliance cooperating.
Whither the People's Alliance

Whither the People's Alliance?

October 24, 2018
The AK Party and the MHP finding themselves at odds over certain issues is only normal and does not mean that their alliance will be damaged or come to an end.
Turkey's 4 options in the wake of the Khashoggi assassination

Turkey's 4 options in the wake of the Khashoggi assassination

October 22, 2018
Turkey's sole purpose in the Khashoggi case is not to take part in any regional power struggles but to help find the actors responsible for the murder.
Against the backdrop of the Khashoggi affair Putin must be

Against the backdrop of the Khashoggi affair, Putin must be smiling

October 18, 2018
If Washington cannot refresh its Middle East policy, particularly on Syria, Putin may use it as an opportunity to gain more influence in the region.
Turkey-US relations after the Brunson affair

Turkey-US relations after the Brunson affair

October 15, 2018
Turkey is still the most significant regional actor enabling the U.S. to secure its credibility and reputation across the whole Middle East.
In the age of Trump Erdogan represents a new vision

In the age of Trump, Erdogan represents a new vision

October 3, 2018
Under the Trump administration, the United States will continue to ignore its global responsibilities. The world must brace for a new reality – a superpower involving itself in various issues to look out only for its own national interest.
Where Erdogan and Trump stand in the United Nations

Where Erdogan and Trump stand in the United Nations

September 24, 2018
President Trump wants to redesign the international system based on U.S. interests alone – as his campaign motto, America First, suggested. By contrast, Turkey calls for a new international system that seeks to protect the interests of all countries and urges the United Nations to take necessary steps. In a nutshell, this is the difference between Erdogan's constructive approach and Trump's destructiveness.