He teaches courses on comparative politics, politics and civil conflict in the Middle East and Africa, and political Islam. His current research focuses on Islamist political movements and Muslim political parties. His most recent article entitled, Erbakan’s Unintended Legacy appeared in Foreign Policy last month.
Turkey has vital political, economic and geopolitical interests around the Middle East, particularly in Libya and Syria, both of which currently awash in turmoil and violence. They could stand to loose influence in the region.
If Turkey takes a stronger stance, they could significantly aid western efforts to sanction Syria.