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.


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.

War & Conflict

Turkey is not in bed with ISIL

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

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.


How Erdogan lost the liberals

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


Why Turkey is bombing the PKK

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