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Articles by Dr Can Erimtan

21WIRE special contributor Dr. Can Erimtan is an independent historian and geo-political analyst who used to live in Istanbul. At present, he is in self-imposed exile from Turkey. He has  a wide interest in the politics, history and culture of the Balkans. the greater Middle East, and the world beyond.. He attended the VUB in Brussels and did his graduate work at the universities of Essex and Oxford. In Oxford, Erimtan was a member of Lady Margaret Hall and he obtained his doctorate in Modern History in 2002. His publications include the revisionist monograph “Ottomans Looking West?” as well as numerous scholarly articles. In Istanbul, Erimtan started publishing in Today’s Zaman and in Hürriyet Daily News. In the next instance, he became the Turkey Editor of the İstanbul Gazette. Subsequently, he commenced writing for RT Op-Edge, NEO, and finally, the 21st Century Wire.  You can find him on Twitter at @theerimtanangle

Turkey in Syria: #OperationPeaceSpring – Purging Kurds as Religious Duty

Dr Can Erimtan | You need to look inside of Turkish politics in order to understand what’s behind Ankara’s latest foray into Syria.

The Turkish Rap Attack: Fighting the Status Quo with Loaded Words

Dr. Can Erimtan | It’s been said that art has the power to change the world, but does it have the power to reverse Turkey’s current Islamist trajectory?

A New Turkey for the 21st Century: Tayyip Erdoğan’s Career and Deniz Baykal’s Role

Dr. Can Erimtan | As the country’s centenary approaches, the New Turkey is gradually becoming Islamic state in all but name.

İstanbul Election Re-Run: The Culmination of an AKP Policy of ‘Sunnification’

Dr Can Erimtan | The recent Instanbul election was billed as a ‘loss’ for Erdogan, but in many ways it has helped reinforce the AKP’s transition towards a more neo-Ottoman Islamist Turkey.

Turkey and Russia in Syria: From the National Pact to the Adana Agreement

Dr. Can Erimtan | Here are the in’s and out’s of creating a security buffer zone along the Syrian and Turkish border.

‘What about the Kurds?!’ Getting a Proper Grip on Turks, Americans & Kurds in Syria

Dr Can Erimtan | Most Americans have no idea who ‘The Kurds’ are and how they rose to prominence in the US foreign policy matrix. Understanding their politics and history is essential in understanding Turkey’s deeper motivations in Syria.

Yellow Vests Pan Europa: A Revolt Against the Post-Democratic Status Quo

Dr Can Erimtan | Is this the opening shot of a coming civil war which could engulf the EU and greater Europe?

TurkStream Pipeline: New Cold War Realignments and the Return of M.A.D.

Dr. Can Erimtan | This move transform the Eurasian geopolitical chessboard, but will Europe realign itself before it is too late?

EXCLUSIVE – The New Turkey: An Islamic State in the Making

Dr. Can Erimtan | The country and nation-state founded by Atatürk now appears to be on the brink of disappearing, replaced by a completely different entity.

Turkey’s ‘Do or Die Moment’: Snap Elections Could Determine Future of the Republic

Dr Can Erimtan | Will this upcoming election realise the Sultan’s Islamist vision, or will it usher an end of Turkey’s post-Kemalist era?

Trump’s Latest Stunt or Bibi’s Revenge: Regime Change in Tehran vs the Coming of Armageddon

Dr Can Erimtan | Should we take Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal as Evangelical End Times dog whistle or is Trump merely bumbling along, trying to please everyone, and no one, in the process?

Conquering Afrin as Religious Duty: Operation Olive Branch & Turkey’s Supposed Transformation into a Sunni Superpower

Dr Can Erimtan | Erdogan is playing a high-stakes game, with visions restoring some of Turkey’s former Ottoman glory, but at what price?

The Jerusalem Decision: From Creative Chaos to Effective Turmoil

Dr Can Erimtan | Trump has done his deed, leaving his indelible mark on the Middle East, as Erdogan takes advantage of his new position as de facto Caliph.

Referendum Blues Redux: Kurdistan, Catalonia and Israel

Dr. Can Erimtan | Another reason why we should beware of the emergence of new micro-states.

Referendum Blues: The Issue of an Independent Kurdistan

Dr Can Erimtan | The real danger here is that an all-out ethnic war could just be around the corner now.

Continuity as Change: President Trump, His Predecessors & the Primacy of U.S. Imperial Policy

Dr Can Erimtan | Will Trump be the one to end the war initiated by Bill Clinton’s experts, or it be another chapter to America’s saga in the Hindu Kush?

The Birth of a Nation: Thoughts on Turkey’s Recent Anniversary Celebrations

Dr Can Erimtan | Erdoğan’s hopes that his New Turkey will dominate the Sunni Islamic world as the Ottomans once did.

The New Ankara Shuffle: Caught Between Moscow, Riyadh and Tehran

Dr Can Erimtan | At present, all roads lead to Raqqa, but that same road might also be a cul de sac for Kurdish national ambitions.

ERDOGAN: Whims of a Dictator or The New Turkey in the Islamic World?

Dr Can Erimtan | Turkey was a staunch friend and ally of the Saudis but now, the Qatar crisis has changed all that.

The Qatari Conundrum: A Saudi Message to Turkey and Iran

Dr. Can Erimtan | The next moves by Turkey and Saudi Arabia could set the world on fire and turn the New Cold War into a very hot conflict going forward.