Last week’s summit in Tehran between Russia, Turkey and Iran on the fate of Syria’s Idlib province ended inconclusively, with promises of a temporary truce agreed in the last minute as a face-saving measure for the Turkish president.
The decline in value of the Turkish currency, the lira, continues, and there are signs that the country’s banking system may be on the verge of crisis.
The relationship between the United States and its NATO ally Turkey continues to deteriorate, as the two countries pursue a path of brinkmanship rather than cooperation.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again carved out a victory in his country’s presidential elections. His bloc, the Justice and Development (AK) party, in coalition with two smaller parties, has also managed to secure parliamentary victory.
On the evening of July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the Turkish government of democratically-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (1954- ) whose roots were in political Islam.