Current News at the Institute

By David L. Phillips
Monday, May 15, 2017

David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, writes in the Boston Globe that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Presisdent Trump with a list a untenable demands and go home empty handed.

By David L. Phillips
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, writes in the Huffington Post that Serbia represents the epicenter of Russia’s anti-American agenda to destabilize pro-western states.

By David L. Phillips
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, writes in the Huffington Post that Serbia represents the epicenter of Russia’s anti-American agenda to destabilize pro-western states.

Remarks by David L. Phillips
Monday, April 24, 2017

Times Square, New York City
April 23, 2017

 

It is an honor to be here today. I thank the Knights and Daughters of Vartan for inviting me.

The so-called special relationship between Turkey and the United States rests on two fallacies. Turkey is a secular democracy, and Turkey is an indispensable member of NATO.

Turkey is not secular. Nor is Turkey a democracy. Last weekend’s sham referendum is proof of Turkey’s tilt towards dictatorship under President Tayyip Erdogan.

By David L. Phillips
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, writes in the Huffington Post that the Turkish referendum held on April 16th was marred by extensive electoral fraud and a pervading climate of political fear. 

Phillips recounts the purge of oppositionists, the disenfranchisement of Kurdish voters, the abrupt removal of electoral safeguards, a lack of transparency, and intimidation and threats towards "no" voters.