Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish Government’s Hagia Sophia Rhetoric Adds Insult to Injury
Turkish Government’s Hagia Sophia Rhetoric Adds Insult to Injury

The conquest mentality that has shaped the Turkish government’s Hagia Sophia policy and rhetoric not only puts the sacred heritage of Turkey’s religious minorities at risk, but also threatens their lives.

Implications of the Hagia Sophia’s Conversion to a Mosque

Hagia Sophia’s conversion is the culmination of Erdoğan’s long campaign to transform Turkey into a neo-Ottoman empire.

Where Statues of Slavers and Imperialists Still Stand in the Middle East
Where Statues of Slavers and Imperialists Still Stand in the Middle East

The Middle East is not overloaded with statues of historic figures, but they do exist. Some are of imperialists and slavers.

Hit Turkey Where it Hurts — Help Armenia

The best response to President Erdogan’s aggression in Syria is to recognize Turkey’s century-old genocide of Christians and help the…

From Missionary Kid to Global Bridge Builder: Missions’ Place in American Foreign Policy and International Relations
From Missionary Kid to Global Bridge Builder: Missions’ Place in American Foreign Policy and International Relations

Throughout history and around the world, religious rhetoric has often been used to instigate and justify unspeakable horrors. Religious missions…

Europe Populism Nationalism Threat
Does Europe Face a Populism, Nationalism Threat?

There are at least two powerful nationalisms in Europe that are chauvinistic, appropriate religious institutions and identities, and are led by powerful leaders.

The Embattled Ecumenical Patriarch Caught Between Russia and Turkey

What on the surface seems simply an esoteric argument over ecclesiastical jurisdiction is anything but. At the heart of the schism lie the ideological underpinnings for Putin’s new nationalism, and its violent manifestations in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Don’t Call it a Reset: What the Release of Pastor Brunson Means for U.S.-Turkey Relations

Pastor Brunson is free, but many others are not. The U.S. should not push Turkey away, but continue the hard work of diplomatic engagement around core human rights issues. It should also continue to engage broad range of challenges these partner countries are facing in the region. 

American Christian Witness and Turkey’s Hostage

Are American evangelicals right to support US sanctions against Turkey to release American missionary Andrew Brunson?