Some background on Turkey within the Middle East conflicts

Today seems like a good day to link to two of my older (March 2014 and October 2015) posts about Turkey. Mostly I talk about Turkey within the context of wider regional conflicts and history, but these posts may get you thinking about why Turkey matters so much politically, militarily, economically, and culturally.

The Russia–Ukraine–Syria connection (and why Turkey may be in crisis next)

Russia, Syria, Ukraine, and Turkey: And so it begins

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Some background on Turkey within the Middle East conflicts

  1. mworfolk says:

    “At best, a major power shift is occuring. Worst case: this is the start of World War III. No kidding.” I’ve been thinking this exact same thing for the last few days. And it makes me feel like a little kid again, awake in bed thinking about the possibility that someone will “press the button.”


    • Exactly, yes. In fact, I aid to my husband the other day that it feels like soon it’ll be appropriate to start using the old “world” descriptors again. The First World would again be the “Free World”; the Second World might be “Authoritarian World”; the Third World would be “Reactionary Fundamentalist World”; and the Fourth World could be other nations and ethnic groups (because “nationalism” seems to be transcending national borders to return to a more people-oriented meaning than state-oriented one) that have not yet clearly aligned with one of the other three.


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