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Alp Aslandogan
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Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan is the President of the Alliance for Shared Values, a non-profit organization serving as a centralized, unified voice for dialogue and cultural organizations associated with the Hizmet movement in the United States. The Alliance is composed of many diverse organizations dedicated to promoting community service, education, and interfaith understanding to elevate humanity and bring greater peace. The Alliance was formed by a group of individuals inspired by the work of Mr. Fethullah Gulen.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Aslandogan served as the board president of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog in Houston, Texas. In that capacity, he oversaw the organization of the Institute’s academic and grassroots activities around topics such as shared values of humanity, social cognition and conflicts, the art of living together, foundations and methodology of interfaith and intercultural dialogue, and the role of faithful citizens in democracy. Dr. Aslandogan recently co-edited a book entitled, “Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World: Contributions of the Gulen Movement,” published by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog. He is also the co-author of an upcoming book on the history of democracy in Turkey. Dr. Aslandogan is an author and an editor of the Fountain magazine, and a board member of the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue.

Dr. Aslandogan earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Prairie View A&M University.

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Dimensions of the Authoritarian Drift in Turkey

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Turkey's journey of democratization toward EU membership stalled and made a U-turn during the third term of its ruling party AKP. Turkey's democratizing reforms have been both a state policy and a popular path throughout 90s and were accelerated under then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003. The reversal of...

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Standing by the Education Rights of Schoolgirls

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Claiming that God directed the senseless kidnappings of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria is nothing but reprehensible. The assailants, Boko Haram, either have a dubious understanding of their faith or, more likely, are acting in their own selfish political interests, apparent from the reports of lavish lifestyle...

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Turkey's Fading Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Not long ago, Turkey was considered a model of constitutional democracy in the Middle East. For this reason, President Obama chose Turkey as his first majority-Muslim destination. But this 90-year old democracy is now facing a major crisis. Four corruption investigations that touched the sons of three ministers...

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Middle East's Struggle for Democracy: Going Beyond Headlines

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 10:00 AM

The ongoing struggle in the Middle East is not between the so-called Islamists and secularists. It's not pro-Morsi vs. pro-military in Egypt, or even Assad vs. opposition in Syria. The real struggle is between those committed to the core values of democracy and human rights and those who want to...

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A Muslim's Perspective on the Inauguration, MLK and the Universal Story of Hope and Fear

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Billions of people around the world of all races, religions, nationalities and political persuasions were inspired by the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. It was not only President Obama's message but the message of hope that underscores everything that America can represent for the world, including peaceful affirmations of...

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Teaching Peace in Schools

(7) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 10:13 AM

This week New York City hosts the United Nations General Assembly, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Education Nation conference. These massive events focus on international diplomacy and peace, societal problem-solving and improving classroom instruction. However, just a few blocks away from these grand assemblies, a smaller group met for...

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