Departures Podcast featuring Eugene Rogan, author of “The Damascus Events: The 1860 Massacre and the Making of the Modern Middle East”

In the early 19th century, the Ottoman empire was facing rebellion, decline, and increasing competition for influence with Europe. The leadership in Istanbul implemented desperate plans to preserve the empire through modernizing reforms, known as Tanzimat, which among other measures declared Muslims, Christians, and Jews to be equal under the law. But things did not […]

Departures Podcast with Hakan Bulgurlu, author of ‘A Mountain to Climb’

Several years ago, Hakan Bulgurlu was at the top of his game. He was serving as CEO of Arçelik, a multi-billion dollar corporation. He and his family, including three young children, were enjoying a great life with frequent international travel. But he was also deeply troubled by the raw data he was seeing professionally documenting […]

Departures Interview with Selçuk Colakoğlu

Since the end of the Cold War, Turkey’s geostrategic relevance as a NATO ally bridging the West with Asia has been highlighted repeatedly – but there’s often been less attention on how Ankara’s role has been managed in terms of its relations with Beijing. This week Selçuk Çolakoğlu of the Turkish Center for Asia Pacific […]

Latest Scandal at Gulen-run Charter School in Orlando Underscores Need for Urgent Investigation

The following press release was distributed to media today. WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — According to reports aired by local ABC News affiliate WFTV, Abdulaziz Yalcin, the principal of Orlando Science Charter School, has been arrested on two counts of failing to report child abuse. “Mr. Yalcin’s arrest is only the latest in a long series of alleged […]

If no one reports a massacre somewhere on earth, has it still happened?

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” Philosopher George Berkeley asked this question while he was looking for answers to the notion that perception creates our reality. “Sound” is used to describe a physical phenomenon, an audible wave of pressure; but it is also an […]

Departures Podcast with Onur Öymen

Over the past several years, Turkey’s relations with both the European Union and the United States have come under strain by factors both internal and external. The complexities of these relationships, in addition to the management of tensions with Russia and the Middle East on numerous fronts are not often clearly understood, even by well […]

How did US-Turkey relations fall apart?

On May 16, 2013, Barack Obama, whose second term as president had begun a few months earlier, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was then prime minister. Calling each other “friends” and complimenting each other’s families during a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, they were looking at the […]

Tensions between Turkey and Greece May Flare Up in the Eastern Mediterranean

The natural gas exploration activities in the East Mediterranean in the 2000s revealed that there is a great economic potential in the region. But new opportunities have come with new challenges and crises as they remain susceptible to regional conflicts arising from the fact that maritime borders between the littoral states were not demarcated before […]

How Turkey is Faring in the Battle against Coronavirus

Turkey is a surprising success story in the global battle against the pandemic thanks to high levels of cooperation between the state and private companies.