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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 the English language Turkish press, culminating in him becoming 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.

Abandoning Afghanistan: The Hindu Kush in U.S. Foreign Policy, 1979-2021

Dr Can Erimtan | From Carter to Biden: a long string of ill conceived ideas and designs which has made the US the latest casualty in the ‘graveyard of empires.’

Closing Bagram Airbase: American Empire and Whatever Happened to Camp Bondsteel?

Dr Can Erimtan | When it comes to U.S. imperial policy, continuity always trumps change.

Bibi, Biden and Trump: Do Palestinian Lives Matter?

Dr. Can Erimtan | The Lobby had not counted on the ‘BLM effect,’ and has now done the improbable, making a floundering Biden somehow look stronger during the crisis.

Pulling Out of the Istanbul Convention: Women’s Rights and Homosexuality in the New Turkey

Dr. Can Erimtan | This latest move looks to undermine the legacy of Atatürk and the promotion of women’s rights – as a prelude to a full-blown Islamic state.

New Turkey’s Agenda 2023: The End of the Republic and the Return of Sharia Law

Dr. Can Erimtan | As the country continues its radical transformation from secular state to a religious one, Erdogan uses symbolic, fundamental themes to sculpt the New Turkey identity.

From Arab Spring to American Winter: 2011-2021

Dr. Can Erimtan | Has the fallout from Capital Protests really killed Trumpism, and will Biden’s inauguration see the beginnings of a new civil war in America?

From Rapture to Woke: A White House Shuffle

Dr Can Erimtan | From rapture to woke – the great revolving door tradition continues.

Nagorno-Karabakh: The Aftermath of the Attack on Artsakh

Dr Can Erimtan | Turkey continues it’s NeoOttoman revival, subsuming its new satellite client Azerbaijan into it’s territorial orbit.

Fighting Over a Soviet Legacy: Nagorno-Karabakh

Dr Can Erimtan | The ‘frozen’ conflict which finally thawed, and with a bitter ending for the Armenians. Once again, money talks.

A Good Friday in the New Turkey: ‘It’s a Gas-Gas-Gas’

Dr Can Erimtan | Is Turkey really going to action its domestic energy ambitions, or is it just another election ruse?

The Re-Conversion of the Ayasofya: Starting the Countdown to 2023

Dr. Can Erimtan | Make no mistake: this is one of Erdogan’s final set-pieces in transitioning away from its former secular republic, and into a new, more Islamist State.

Idlib’s Bloody Thursday: Where Fake News and Martyrdom Collide

Dr Can Erimtan | Erdogan is playing an increasingly dangerous game in Syria, and risks a busted flush.

Turkey’s Eurasianist Moment: The Importance of Idlib and Russia

Dr Can Erimtan | Understanding the historic and political elements which form the backdrop of Erdogan’s perilous geopolitical high-wire act.

Awaiting the Mahdi: Soleimani’s Martyrdom and the End of Stupidistan

Dr Can Erimtan | Behind all of the geopolitical machinations, multiple ‘end times’ eschatological worldviews are making their way to the surface.

This is Genocide: The U.S. Senate’s Armenian Gambit vis-à-vis Turkey

Dr Can Erimtan | US-Turkey relations may be devolving into tit-for-tat recriminations – against a backdrop of an ever widening trans-Atlantic rift.

Turkey’s 6th Religious Council: The Dawn of a Sharia-compliant New Turkey

Dr Can Erimtan | With the approaching centennial of the Republic’s foundation, Turkey’s AKP-led government is closer than ever to realising its vision of a new Islamic state in Turkey.

Turks, Kurds, Armenians & Americans: Genocide Denial as the Turkish Republic’s Raison d’être

Dr. Can Erimtan | Denial of an Armenian genocide has become a crucial political calculation in Erdogan’s New Turkey.

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.