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The End of Turkey's Experiment With Democracy

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Sinan Ciddi

By accumulating so much power, Erdogan will now be free to label any opponent as enemies of the state, or in AKP terminology, 'enemies of the national will.'

Turkey and India Lurch Towards Illiberal Democracies

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Turkey and India are both democracies and significant American allies. Both India and Turkey are secular countries ruled by strong-willed leaders rooted in religion-based politics, Islam for Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hinduism for India's Narendra Modi.

Erdogan, You Are to Blame

Nuri Kino | Posted 10.14.2015 | World
Nuri Kino

We're switching between Turkish TV channels. It's Monday evening, October 12, and in Turkey they're burying the victims from the country's worst terrorist attack in modern times. Newsanchors have tears in their eyes.

Is Erdogan 'Wagging the Dog' Against the Kurds in Turkey?

John A. Tures | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
John A. Tures

In 1997, the movie Wag the Dog told the tale of an American President who created a fictitious war against Albania to distract from domestic scandals, ensuring reelection. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must have seen it, as he's following the same script against the Kurds in order to boost his party's flagging fortunes. But will it work?

Scenes From Celebrations In Turkey After Election Results Roll In

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

Turkish citizens headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections that were seen as a referendum on the growing power of President Rec...

Turkey Votes In A Crucial Parliamentary Election

AP | SUZAN FRASER and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a stunning rebuke of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters stripped his party of ...

Could a Turkish Islamist Party Siphon Votes From Erdogan's AKP?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
John A. Tures

As story after story emerges about the potential game changing 2015 election in Turkey, one party is virtually being ignored. But it has a good chance of playing the spoiler for the ambitions of the ruling AKP and its autocratic President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And it's a party once led by a former Erdogan all

Turkey's Opposition Parties: Looking for an 'Opening' Against Erdogan

John A. Tures | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
John A. Tures

The political zinger of the year may not have come from the Israeli, United Kingdom or Nigerian elections. Rather, it came from a Kurd in Turkey's election, in a race likely to reverberate beyond the Middle East. And it pokes fun at the increasingly autocratic Turkish President Erdogan.

Turkey's President Vows To Resign If Opposition Can Find A Golden Toilet Seat

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Irritated by accusations of lavishness, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to resign if the leader of the main opposition...

Sophia Jones

Off The Ballot But With Much At Stake, Turkey's President Fights For More Power | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's June 7 election will elect 550 members of parliament, but it's really all about one man who isn't even on the ballot: President R...

Can Political Islam Co-Exist With Liberal Democracy?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Shadi Hamid on the current ...

Erdogan's New Turkey: Goodbye Atatürk, Hello Atatürk

Stefan Ihrig | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Stefan Ihrig

The recently -- and Putinesquely -- elected President Erdoğan likes to refer to his state as the "new Turkey," just as Atatürk and his Nazi admirers did. That by itself may not mean much, but the label signifies the same: a Turkey that radically breaks with what was before. Erdoğan can run and scream all he wants; he is Atatürk's kid.

Embracing Turkey's Moderate Middle

Erol Yayboke | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Erol Yayboke

The solution to Turkey's current political turbulence lies squarely in the middle of two polarized factions. It is in our best interest to support the rise of the radical moderates.

How a Young Woman's Murder Has Become a Rallying Cry for Change Across Turkey

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The protestors galvanized by Alsan's murder have been calling for tougher sentencing for perpetrators. In addition to these important steps, moving forward it will also be critical to have access to official data which provides an accurate account of the number of violent crimes committed against women.

Can Turkey Lead the Islamic World and Still Be a Western Ally?

Behlül Özkan | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Behlül Özkan

The AKP does not aspire to be a model for the Islamic world; it aspires to be its leader -- a duty which includes safeguarding the interests of the nearly 20 million Muslims living in Europe. In Erdoğan's view, it is the EU which must accommodate itself to Turkey, not vice versa. Erdoğan is saying to the West: If you want my help in the Middle East, then we'll play by my rules.

Sophia Jones

Turkish President Says Women And Men Can't Be Equal | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Gender equality is “against nature,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a controversial speech at an Istanbul women’s co...

Sophia Jones

In Historic Reversal, Turkey Opens Door To Splitting Iraq | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- In a statement that could have a dramatic impact on regional politics in the Middle East, a spokesman for Turkey's ruling party recentl...

Municipal Elections in Turkey - Victory for Erdogan's Party

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has ruled Turkey for the past 12 years, which makes him among the longest serving leaders since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Islamists Have Failed to Deliver

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims favor democracy, symbiotic coexistence with others and a system of governance that best reflects their own ethical values. Islamists like the ruling secularists they deposed have not been able to translate this aspiration into effective governance.

Turkey's Body Politics: Can Turkish Democracy Survive?

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Everyone was keeping an eye on Turkey, hopeful that this country would show the way that liberal democracy and political Islam might together find an alternative path to modernity.

Standing Up in Turkey

John Feffer | Posted 12.07.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's protest season again in Turkey. The summer holidays are at an end and students are back at university. People are returning to the streets.

AK Party's New Democratization Package: Politics Without Shackles, Democracy Without Obstacles

Egemen Bagis | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Egemen Bagis

Now we have crossed a critical threshold for our democracy and our EU accession process. Turkey is at a new beginning and on its journey towards an even brighter future -- it is proudly distancing away from the shackles of the past.

The Halil Connection: The Story of Gezi Park

Connor Ryan | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Connor Ryan

For the past two weeks Turkey has been experiencing what could best be described as a movement somewhere on the spectrum between "Occupy Wall Street" and the "Arab Spring." But it will not result in a popular revolution of the government, nor will it be remembered for achieving anything but attention.

Erdogan's Sultanic Verses: Is Taksim Another Tiananmen?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For Turkey's hard-fought reputation as a moderate, regionally influential power, the unfolding drama risks undermining Turkey's stability and carefully constructed balance between modernism and Islam.

The Changing Channels of Political Participation: The Gezi Protests in Turkey

Sinan Ciddi | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Sinan Ciddi

The channels of political participation in Turkey has been radically altered. Individuals equipped only with a smartphone, loaded with Twitter and Facebook apps, seem to have neither the desire nor the patience for using conventional channels to petition their government.