Ross Wilson

  • Wilson Quoted in DW on Secretary Tillerson's Visit to Turkey


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  • Tillerson's Endgame in Turkey

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s current trip to the Middle East reportedly seeks to attempt to restore stability in the region following the virtual destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) by US and coalition forces. What is his way forward with the Turks and how should Washington manage its differences with Ankara on Syria? 

    Given the raft of other problems in the relationship—the fate of the Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, the detention of American Consulate staff in Adana and Istanbul, disagreement about the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Ankara’s dalliance with Moscow and Tehran, and the difficulty of dealing with an increasingly authoritarian and erratic ally—how much can Tillerson actually achieve?

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  • Wilson Quoted by Deutsche Welle on US-Turkey Relations in Advance of Vice President Biden's Visit


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  • Wilson Quoted by Financial Times on Turkey Conspiracy Theories


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  • Wilson Joins CNBC to Discuss the Potential Extradition of Gulen to Turkey


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  • Erdoğan Loses His Midas Touch

    The wheel of politics goes round and round. Turkish voters demonstrated this in the thumping they gave in parliamentary elections June 7 to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) that had governed the country for over a decade.

    The AKP did win a 41 percent plurality and will take about 255 seats in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. However, it lost the majority it has held there since 2002. While in each national election since 2002, AKP has won a progressively larger share of the vote, this time it got less—nine points less than the nearly 50 percent of the vote it received in 2011.

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  • Unprecedented Uncertainty in Turkey’s AK Party

    Turkey today appears more unsettled than at any time since the Justice and Development (AK) Party came to power in late 2002.  The difficulties it faces now differ substantially from those during previous periods of discord, such as the Gezi Park-related protests in May-June 2013 or when the military intervened in the 2007 presidential election.

    Political divisions at the top are key drivers of today’s uncertainty, and they include acrimony among party leaders, frictions created by institutional and government changes, and impending personnel turnover.  Bickering over monetary policy not only reveals disunity, but also undermines the economic success that has greatly bolstered the party’s fortunes at the polls.  Regional and international risks round out the picture.  While no one doubts that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will remain Turkey’s head of state, and that the AK Party he founded will remain in power, the country’s ride over the coming year will be a rough one.

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  • Erdoğan Victory Will Extend Turkey’s Polarization, Tension with US

    Turkish Opposition Fails to Coalesce Around a Message and a Leader



    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s widely-expected election to the presidency of Turkey won’t herald major changes in Turkey’s domestic or foreign policies, or in US-Turkish relations – at least in the short term.

    Polarization, an increasingly predominant characteristic of Turkey’s politics for at least seven years, continues. A presidential campaign that could have been uniting but seemed more divisive than anything else, contributed greatly to this. Indeed, Erdoğan seemed to relish the politics of division; it certainly was a political winner for him.

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  • Turkey’s Erdoğan Claims an Election Victory: Is He Right?

    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed a victory in Sunday’s municipal elections, in which his Justice and Development Party (AKP) appeared to have won the largest share of the nationwide vote for mayors and local government councils. 

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  • Wilson on US-Turkish Relations after Scandal

    Eurasia Center Director Ross Wilson discusses the recent political crisis’ implications on US-Turkish relations, Syria, and the upcoming Turkish elections with Voice of America Turkish service (video in Turkish):

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