Kurdish independence is substance of Trump-Erdogan meet

The armament of Kurdish rebels in Syria – which Turkey views as terrorist – is likely to be high on the agenda when Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with President Trump today. Dr. Azat Zana Gündoğan, a visiting scholar with the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University studies the socio-spatial inequalities […]

Trump-Erdogan is an oft-repeated summit between rivals

Today’s scheduled meeting between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump at the White House will take place amid a general chilling of relations between the two countries. Barry Strauss, professor of history at Cornell University and author of the several books about military strategy and leadership, likens the occasion to many summits between […]

Attempted coup terrible for future of Turkey according to Turkish scholar

Mostafa Minawi is as Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI) at Cornell University. Minawi has just returned from Istanbul where he experienced the city’s fallout from the coup. Minawi says “regardless of how it ends, the (failed) attempt at a coup is terrible for the political future […]

Downed Russian jet may mean escalation in fragile, war-torn Middle East

Barry Strauss, military historian, prolific author, and chair of the History Department at Cornell University, says escalation may result from the downing of the Russian jet in Turkey. Strauss says: “Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet reminds us that the Middle East is war-torn and fragile – it’s a series of glass houses and many […]

Turkish protests could turn into fight over identity of country, says historian

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS OFFICE June 3, 2013 Turkish protests could turn into fight over identity of country, says historian Mostafa Minawi is an assistant professor of history at Cornell University focusing on Turkish and Middle Eastern history. He comments on the daily protests currently sweeping Turkey. He says: “The divisions in the group of protesters, […]