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Erdogan The Nationalist Vs Erdogan The Islamist

by Asli Aydintasbasvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 13, 2018

One of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s pet projects is the promotion of “imam-hatip” schools within the Turkish education system with the hope that it would help create his desire for a “pious generation.” Originally designed to educate young imams and preachers, the schools follow the standard curriculum of Turkey’s ministry of education, but also offer additional courses in Arabic, Islamic law and the Quran. Erdogan – himself a graduate – wants Turkey’s imam-hatip schools to be the centerpiece of the country’s educational system and its graduates to be the next generation’s leaders, undoing nearly a hundred years of secular dominance.

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The Caravan: Letter from Istanbul: Where Have The Americans Gone? Who Invited The Russians Back?

by Asli Aydintasbasvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It is hard to even describe the sense of double-betrayal Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan must be feeling towards the man he considered a friend, Barack Obama.

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Letter from Istanbul: Where Have The Americans Gone? Who Invited The Russians Back?

by Asli Aydintasbasvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 12, 2013

It is hard to even describe the sense of double-betrayal Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan must be feeling towards the man he considered a friend, Barack Obama.

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Rebuilding the Turkish Empire: Fantasy or Reality?

by Asli Aydintasbasvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Rebuilding the Turkish Empire: Fantasy or Reality?

by Asli Aydintasbasvia The Caravan
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

“If you are no longer interested in having an empire, we’ll take it,” I said, speaking recently in Istanbul to a group of U.S. congressmen and women who expressed ample frustration and, in the case of Syria, a clear disinterest in the affairs of the Middle East.

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The Caravan: Letter From Istanbul

by Asli Aydintasbasvia Special to Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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Letter From Istanbul

by Asli Aydintasbasvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

As I write these lines overlooking the Bosphorus on a warm autumn day, a blast on a civilian bus shook the streets of Tel Aviv only a few minutes ago.

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But Really—Is America Ready To See Assad Gone?

by Asli Aydintasbasvia The Caravan
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Not in a million years would I ever imagine using that headline, “Turks are from Mars, Americans are from Venus” – but that was precisely the title of my column last week [in Milliyet] on Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu