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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

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.

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?