Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish journalist, regular opinion writer for Al-Monitor, and author of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.

Politics

Turkey's worries about 'Kurds' proved to be true

The way out of this bloody quagmire would be to try to restore the peace talks between Turkey and the PKK.

Turkey's worries about 'Kurds' proved to be true

War & Conflict

Turkey is not in bed with ISIL

Ankara now knows that ISIL is no counterbalance to Kurdish resurgence in northern Syria.

Turkey is not in bed with ISIL

Middle East

Open letter to the future ISIL recruit

The urge is to become a hero that shakes the world, in fame and glory, which is not necessarily a religious passion.

Open letter to the future ISIL recruit

Media

How Erdogan lost the liberals

His authoritarianism and the us-versus-them model is the main reason why Turkey lost its shining light.

How Erdogan lost the liberals

Politics

Why Turkey is bombing the PKK

Turkey's military operations against Kurdish separatists are a legitimate act of self-defense, according to analyst.

Why Turkey is bombing the PKK