Readout of President Obama’s Call with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

President Obama spoke by phone on June 24 with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey.  The President and Prime Minister discussed developments in Syria, including the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, our shared commitment to pursuing a political solution, the need to provide additional support to the Syrian Coalition and the Supreme […]

Secretary Kerry and FM Davutoglu had a phone conversation over the weekend

Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on June 15. Although the call was focued on Syria, the ongoing protests in Turkey were also discussed. Psaki said “we remain focused on calling on all parties to ease tensions and to resolve the […]

The Gezi Park Protests: Time for a New U.S. Approach to Turkey

By: Howard Eissenstat / POMED To read the full version, click here.  Amidst ongoing protests in Turkey, the media has focused its attention on both the causes of the crisis and the Turkish government’s response. Despite this focus, there have been noticeably few assessments of potential outcomes, or recommendations for a broader U.S. response. This […]