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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 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
​Islamic State and the appeal of 72 Virgins-in-waiting: Video games, boredom and the lack of future prospects ​Islamic State and the appeal of 72 Virgins-in-waiting: Video games, boredom and the lack of future prospects
Muslim extremism has been NATO's enemy-of-choice since the mid-1990's, and now this amorphous opponent has once again assumed the shape of a recognizable organization headed by a similarly tangible figure, worthy of a worldwide campaign of hatred. September 01, 2014 15:04
​All's well that ends well: Rise to the top of the new Turkey’s PM ​All's well that ends well: Rise to the top of the new Turkey’s PM
For the past 90 years Turkey, NATO's most eastern member and the Islamic world's gateway to the West, has been a nation state comprised of a manifold of ethnic groups and sub-groups bonded by the religion of Islam. August 28, 2014 17:14
​NSA, BND and MIT: Whose Big Brother is watching whom? ​NSA, BND and MIT: Whose Big Brother is watching whom?
When news broke last summer that a certain NSA contractor had "leaked" an inordinate amount of secret data to various media outlets, global public opinion suddenly realized that the world we live in today does resemble the Orwellian dystopia 1984. August 20, 2014 14:29
​Creative chaos redux: The Black Sea pivot and the evolving project for the Greater Middle East ​Creative chaos redux: The Black Sea pivot and the evolving project for the Greater Middle East
The events of the past weeks and months show that the world is currently going through an intense and frightening time. War and armed strife bound about once more, threatening the global equilibrium, now moving towards the Black Sea. August 19, 2014 14:55
Operation Protective Edge, ethnic cleansing and the issue of genocide Operation Protective Edge, ethnic cleansing and the issue of genocide
Last Tuesday, the Israeli government decided to bring its near month long campaign of destruction and devastation of the Gaza Strip to a halt with a temporary ceasefire (arguably meant to hold longer), claiming its immediate objectives had been achieved. August 08, 2014 11:03

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