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Militant Nationalism Is Threatening Turkey's Social Fabric

(22) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:10 PM

The cycle of violence that has engulfed Turkey amid the resumption of the fight between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Turkey is increasing its toll. The wider and bloodier it gets, the more consequential it becomes.

What started as largely contained low-intensity warfare between the military and the PKK...

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Turkey's Election Fatigue

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Turkey emerged from the 7 June 2015 election with a hung parliament. As this election terminated Turkey's governing AK Party's uninterrupted 13-year rule, the business of forming a coalition government was once again in play.

Anti-AK Party players were sanguine at first that a government excluding the AK Party could...

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Where do Iranian Kurds Fit in Iran's Kurdish policy?

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 6:10 PM

Visiting Kurdistan Province in Iran immediately after finalizing the nuclear deal with global powers, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: "Iran protects Erbil and Baghdad just as it protects Iranian Kurdistan. Without Iran's help Erbil and Baghdad would be in the hands of terrorist groups right now. Just as we protect...

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Has Turkish Democracy Won in Turkey's June 7 Election?

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Many interpreted the result of Turkey's June 7 general election as a major defeat for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK party) and creeping authoritarianism, and a welcome victory for democracy.

Yet, it did not take long for many to realise how flawed these assumptions have been. Since the...

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Turkey Votes in Erdogan and Votes Out Its Founding Ideology

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:55 PM

As widely expected, Turkey's Prime Minister Erdoğan emerged victorious in the first round of Turkey's presidential elections, garnering around 52 percent of votes cast. This is his ninth consecutive election victory (3 general and 3 local elections, plus 2 referendums and the recent presidential elections) - a record...

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Turkey's First Post - Tutelary Reform Package

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 5:10 PM

On September 30, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faced the cameras to unveil his long-awaited and much-expected democratization package. The choice of date was symbolic; it was the anniversary of his party's grand convention, in which his governing AK Party had pledged 63 articles of reform for upcoming years....

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The Ergenekon Coup Trials' Verdict: A Message from Turkey for Egypt's Coup Generals?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 10:52 AM

On July 3, Egypt's one-year-old experiment with democracy was brought to an end by the military coup. The termination of Egypt's fledgling democracy was accompanied by the arbitrary arrests of democratically elected president and other officials, the witch hunt of the Muslim Brotherhood members, and a series of massacres. This...

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EU Must React Stronger As Egypt Becomes a Police State

(19) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 9:45 AM

Egypt is on the fast track to become a police state as it has begun turning the clock back to pre-2011 revolution since the July 3rd military coup d'état. All decisions and actions of the new junta point to this eventuality. To name only a few, 19 of the...

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Yet Another Instance of Islamic Exceptionalism?

(662) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Tanks rolled down the street, state owned TV channels were taken over, dissenting media outlets were raided and silenced, president's office was surrounded, the first ever democratically elected president was put under house arrest, the constitution was suspended, and the head of army stood in front of cameras to try...

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