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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
Will Turkish vote thwart ‘foreign plans’ for independent Kurdistan? Will Turkish vote thwart ‘foreign plans’ for independent Kurdistan?
Turkey's recent elections have produced an unexpected outcome as voters appeared to oppose the one-party AKP rule and allowed the Kurdish their moment in the sun. The result seems to run counter to the plans of the US, Israel and even Saudi Arabia. June 10, 2015 15:46
Spelling out Zbig's legacy on Turkish Riviera: NATO's Antalya summit Spelling out Zbig's legacy on Turkish Riviera: NATO's Antalya summit
The two-day NATO foreign ministers' meeting in the Turkish city of Antalya has reaffirmed the West's commitment to the continuation of the New Cold War as well as its dedication of armed opposition to Islamic militancy. May 15, 2015 12:43
ISIS and its mission: Religious cleansing, genocide & destruction of the past ISIS and its mission: Religious cleansing, genocide & destruction of the past
The Islamic State has become part and parcel of global news cycles, but its goals remain little discussed. Instead, Westerners focus on determining whether or not IS should be understood as representing Islam or rather as an aberration of the faith. May 10, 2015 07:55
Terror in Turkey: What lies behind it? Terror in Turkey: What lies behind it?
The spectacular terrorist attack on the Caglayan Justice Palace and its bloody resolution, culminating in the deaths of the hostage-takers and their hapless hostage, are events that occupy public opinion in Turkey. April 02, 2015 14:39
The abduction of Suleyman Shah The abduction of Suleyman Shah
Turkey, ruled by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), has over the past years openly opposed Bashar al-Assad's rule in Syria. Still, it took Recep Tayyip Erdogan many years to actually send his troops next door . . . until late February that is. March 03, 2015 16:28
134-day Islamic State siege of Kobani lifted 134-day Islamic State siege of Kobani lifted
The apparently unstoppable progress of the IS terrorist group now seems to have come to an end on the Syrian-Turkish border. Kurdish fighters, opposition forces and coalition air strikes have thwarted the Caliph's designs on the town of Kobani. January 30, 2015 15:16
Matter of deadly legacies: War on terror and new Cold War Matter of deadly legacies: War on terror and new Cold War
Today the West, and the rest of the world, is faced with a whole host of deadly threats affecting many people in many regions close by, as well as wide and far removed. January 28, 2015 16:40
The end of The end of "Secular Turkey" or Ottomans re-emergent?
On the international scene Turkey is playing a high stakes game, trying to transform itself into an international energy hub as vividly illustrated by the recent rapprochement between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's Vladimir Putin. January 13, 2015 10:55
The Charlie Hebdo attack: Geo-politics, eurocentrism, Islamophobia, and blowback The Charlie Hebdo attack: Geo-politics, eurocentrism, Islamophobia, and blowback
The recent violent outrage in Paris that saw cartoonists and other innocents killed is but the latest example of the way in which Muslim extremists nowadays manage to occupy the airwaves and dominate the news broadcasts. January 09, 2015 20:46