Buzz Lanthier-Rogers explores the problem facing both Malaysia and the world at large: whether to accept the perceived danger of freedom of expression, or the safety of censorship.
This January, Turkey’s parliament passed a series of constitutional amendments that would drastically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Slated for a national referendum in April, Thomas Lee discusses the potential implications of President Erdoğan’s new powers, and the impact they could have on the future of the country’s democracy, security, and multilateral relations.
Turkey faces repeated terrorist attacks and increasing security threats. What does this mean for NATO’s vital ally in the Middle East and how might President Erdogan answer? Mitchell Haid discusses what may be needed to prevent further destabilization.
Government violation of human rights is rampant in the Middle East, but criticism is intermittent. Juliette Bronchtein analyzes what Amnesty International’s latest report on Egypt’s repression tactics, and ongoing human rights abuse by Turkey mean in the context of a potential revival of peace negotiations in Israel-Palestine.
In response to the downing of their fighter jet, Russia has decided to cut economic ties with Turkey. It has also suspended visa-free travel agreement with Turkey from January 1, 2016 onward.
Michael Kang looks into the potential economic consequences that might result from Russian trade restrictions on Turkey following the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet in Syria.
Umaima examines Turkey’s policy shift in Iraq and Syria, and why it’s confusing NATO. Is this a positive, or negative development in the fight against ISIS?