WBEZ | Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan http://www.wbez.org/tags/prime-minister-recep-tayyip-erdogan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Syria’s Kurds complicate Turkey’s approach toward Assad http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-26/syria%E2%80%99s-kurds-complicate-turkey%E2%80%99s-approach-toward-assad-97629 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-26/AP120321033140.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey has been a vocal opponent of Assad’s violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. But while Turkish <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/e/recep_tayyip_erdogan/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan</a> has talked tough, he’s stopped short of military intervention. One major reason for the restraint is Turkey’s volatile relationship with the region’s Kurds. While Kurds only make up about ten to 15 percent of Syria's population, their allegiances are crucial to understanding the potential for broader instability in the region. <em>Worldview </em>discusses the Kurdish situation with <a href="http://bped.me/about" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Ali Ezzatyar</a>, attorney and director of the steering committee for the <a href="http://bped.me/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Berkeley Program on Entrepreneurship and Democracy in the Middle East</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-26/syria%E2%80%99s-kurds-complicate-turkey%E2%80%99s-approach-toward-assad-97629 In post-Arab Spring climate, Turkey asserts leadership in the Middle East http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-16/post-arab-spring-climate-turkey-asserts-leadership-middle-east-92080 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/AP110908024828.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Relations between Turkey and Israel are at an all-time low. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he won’t restore normal relations with the Israelis until he receives an official apology for last year’s attack on a Turkish flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip. Erdogan has also promised to take the case to the International Court of Justice.</p><p>We get analysis from <a href="http://ispu.org/Authors/56/DisplayAuthors.aspx" target="_blank">Mehmet Celebi</a>, a Chicago-area businessman and Turkey scholar for the <a href="http://ispu.org/" target="_blank">Institute for Social Policy and Understanding</a>.</p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 16:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-16/post-arab-spring-climate-turkey-asserts-leadership-middle-east-92080 Erdogan and his incumbent party win big in Turkey http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-13/erdogan-and-his-incumbent-party-win-big-turkey-87778 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-13/81893070.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won big in Turkey's national elections this weekend. Erdogan spoke of aspirations to change the 1982 constitution during the election campaign, referring to the establishment of a presidential system. Despite gaining an absolute majority Sunday, the AKP failed to secure the two- thirds “super-majority” needed to make constitutional amendments without a coalition or referendum.</p><p><a href="http://www.clarku.edu/departments/holocaust/people/facultybio.cfm?id=722&amp;progid=5&amp;" target="_blank">Taner Ackam</a>, a professor of history at Clark University, dissects the election results and tells us what they mean for Turkey's future.</p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-13/erdogan-and-his-incumbent-party-win-big-turkey-87778