Turkey

Qatar doesn’t deserve to host the 2022 World Cup but Turkey does

1 June 2015 14:16

The campaign against Qatar’s plans to host the World Cup is racist and Islamophobic, according to the former prime minister…

Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their…

The Spectator at war: Russia and Constantinople

14 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: The Spectator for the last twenty years has urged that the Russians are the…

Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05

The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at…

The Spectator at war: News of the week

3 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 7 November 1914: THE most important event of the week has been the declaration of war on…

The US won’t beat Isis alone; Qatar and other Gulf allies must help in Iraq

30 October 2014 11:07

Revelations keep pouring in about the uneasy relationship between Western aid givers and ISIS operators: from bribes given by humanitarian…

The Spectator at war: The Crescent and the Cross

30 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: THE most important event of the past week is the entrance of Turkey into…

Fear, loathing and an Ottoman shrine in the cold war between Isis and Turkey

27 October 2014 16:04

Turkey and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) are engaged in a cold war. Although they despise each…

Never mind the Baghdad politics, Iraqi Kurds need help to fight Islamic State

27 October 2014 12:35

The threat from Daish, the Arabic acronym for the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has gone from a…

Turkey in Europe? Now there’s a migrant backlash waiting to happen

20 October 2014 19:24

Well, I don’t know how José Manuel Barroso came across in the broadcast accounts of his address to Chatham House…

The Spectator’s portrait of the week

15 October 2014 19:58

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though…

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is…

Hamas has fallen out of favour with ordinary Gazans

11 July 2014 16:57

Earlier this year, Daniella Peled suggested that Hamas had finally lost its grip on Gaza: Gaza City   Tattered green…

Syria’s humanitarian crisis must be addressed by Turkey

16 January 2014 17:38

On Tuesday morning, Turkish police in the border cities of Kilis and Gaziantep arrested 25 people on suspicion of aiding…

Forget the MINTs, the next economic success story will be in the BALLS

11 January 2014 10:21

Jim O’Neill, the Mancunian former chief economist of Goldman Sachs in London, commands attention whenever he speaks and has a…

Britain’s stated aim of getting Turkey to join the EU is mad

14 October 2013 15:43

Rather to my embarrassment, I find that I missed last night’s episode of the BBC2 three-part series on The Ottomans,…

Turkey redux

8 June 2013 9:56

It must be boring for you too, returning to the same complaint, over and over again. Report on the BBC’s…

Is it time to aid Turkey’s protestors?

3 June 2013 10:51

Is it now time for William Hague to send money, and possibly arms, to the rebels now participating in what…

Stopping Assad

7 February 2012 18:52

The situation in Syria grows worse by the minute. President Assad seems to have taken the UN Security Council’s deadlock…

Uncertainty reigns in Syria

29 January 2012 10:39

The Syrian situation is worsening by the day. Now the Arab League has pulled back its monitors in recognition of…

Turkish anger, French parochialism, British benefit

27 December 2011 18:39

The relationship between Turkey and France — which started with the alliance between Francis I and Suleiman the Magnificent —…

Stopping Maliki’s coup

26 December 2011 11:20

The year is ending not with a successful US withdrawal from Iraq — as President Barack Obama claims — but…

Sorry, Mr Gul, but Turkey won’t be joining the EU any time soon

21 November 2011 16:02

It’s not going to happen. That’s what everyone says who knows anything about the subject that we’re going to be…

Do Muslims vote Islamic?

3 November 2011 9:09

The electoral success of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party and the likelihood that the Muslim Brotherhood will do well in Egypt’s…

Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorate

2 September 2011 13:25

Last summer, I spoke to Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, about the Mavi Marmara row. Davatoglu was not only animated,…