Portrait: Ömer Taşpınar

Ömer Taşpınar is an expert on Turkey, the European Union, Muslims in Europe, political Islam, the Middle East and Kurdish nationalism. He is a professor at the National War College and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    Now the question is: how can a Turkey that becomes more autocratic provide hope for solving the Kurdish problem? This is the paradox: can the president with centralized decision making, who wants to continue a hegemonic style of governance, provide hope for the most important issues of the country, such as human rights, democracy, minority rights and the Kurdish question?

    September 8, 2014, Ömer Taşpınar, Rudaw
  • Interview | The Colbert Report on Comedy Central

    June 10, 2013

  • In the News

    The Obama administration doesn't really want a clash with Russia, China, or Iran in Syria. That would negatively impact oil prices [in an election year].

    May 29, 2012, Ömer Taşpınar, CNN
  • In the News

    The biggest problem is the regime in Syria is not that weak. They still have a critical mass supporting them: the Sunni merchants, who see the world is not doing anything and that Bashar al-Assad can get away with murder.

    May 28, 2012, Ömer Taşpınar, CNN
  • Interview | The Diane Rehm Show

    Massacre in Norway

    July 26, 2011

  • Interview | The Diane Rehm Show

    Turkey, the United States and Israel

    June 8, 2010

  • Expert Q & A

    President Obama's Visit to Turkey

    March 31, 2009