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Can Erimtan

Can Erimtan

Can Erimtan
Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent scholar residing in İstanbul, with a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans and the Greater Middle East. He attended the VUB in Brussels and did his graduate work at the universities of Essex and Oxford. In Oxford, Erimtan was a member of Lady Margaret Hall and he obtained his doctorate in Modern History in 2002. His publications include the book “Ottomans Looking West?” as well as numerous scholarly articles. In the period 2010-11, he wrote op-eds for Today’s Zaman and in the further course of 2011 he also published a number of pieces in Hürriyet Daily News. In 2013, he was the Turkey Editor of the İstanbul Gazette. He is on Twitter at @theerimtanangle
​The Prez, the FSA, and the Caliph: A Zero Problem Policy? ​The Prez, the FSA, and the Caliph: A Zero Problem Policy?
Prime Minister-turned-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (aka the Prez) performed a remarkable U-turn some years ago - a U-turn that transformed Bashar Assad from a "brother" of his into a "bloody handed dictator.” December 15, 2014 14:49
Putin in Turkey: Russian Bear basking in Turkey's Crescent Putin in Turkey: Russian Bear basking in Turkey's Crescent
Turkey’s President Erdogan seems willing to perform an unlikely dance of alliances involving Russia, Turkmenistan and the EU. But when it comes to commerce and trade, it’s all cordial between Moscow and Ankara. December 02, 2014 17:34
President Erdogan and Islam: Piety and Ottomanitas President Erdogan and Islam: Piety and Ottomanitas
Islam is currently going through a remarkable revival in Turkey. Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu and President Tayyip Erdogan are both working hard to consolidate this Muslim re-awakening at home and the spread of Turkey's religious pretensions abroad. November 24, 2014 18:12
The TAPI project or the future of Afghanistan The TAPI project or the future of Afghanistan
The term the "New Great Game", as a shorthand for the energy rivalry sweeping across Central Asia in the post-Soviet era has been in use for many years. In this respect, the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India gas pipeline (TAPI) appears pivotal. November 05, 2014 15:01
​Blood & oil: Turks, Kurds, and the Islamic State ​Blood & oil: Turks, Kurds, and the Islamic State
Over the past month the Islamic State's siege of Kobani (aka Ayn al-Arab) has been dominating the world news coverage, revealing Turkey's fraught relationship with its own Kurdish minority and with Kurds and Kurdish organizations across the wider region. October 24, 2014 14:47
The Islamic State and Kurdish Nationalism The Islamic State and Kurdish Nationalism
Despite massive support from the US-led coalition, the Syrian border town of Kobani is still besieged by ISIS jihadists while the Turkish Army remains steadfastly standing still just across the Syrian border. October 16, 2014 13:19
​Turkish Army's waiting game: The siege of Kobani ​Turkish Army's waiting game: The siege of Kobani
Syria's war, which erupted as an orchestrated armed insurrection against the Assad regime, is a long-standing thorn in the side of the US. But lately it has taken a backseat with the emergence of Jihadi or "Al-Qaeda-linked" opposition groups. October 09, 2014 15:29
Turkey playing wily diplomatic game with IS Turkey playing wily diplomatic game with IS
As IS forces waged a campaign of fear sending thousands of Kurds fleeing into Turkey, Ankara managed to “free” its hostages held by the group in Iraq. Allegedly they were exchanged for Islamist prisoners. Does this indicate a Turkey’s new ISIS policy? September 23, 2014 16:01
​Turkey between rock and a hard place in US fight against ISIS ​Turkey between rock and a hard place in US fight against ISIS
Turkey, a happy crossroads connecting Islam and Christianity, is heavily embroiled in the military aggression on its southern borders while trying very hard to act appropriately with regard to its NATO allies and EU partners in the West. September 18, 2014 16:35