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Semra Sevi is a Masters student in Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Semra holds a Honours B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Toronto where she completed her senior research paper, on youth voter turnout in the 2011 Canadian federal election, under the supervision of Michael Ignatieff.

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Turkey Turning to the East

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 4:53 PM

With Turkey's prospects for joining the European Union stagnating, the country is reaching out to Muslim and Arab countries as an alternate form of political and economic support. In this light, Turkey can serve as a role model for the Muslim world and for neighboring Arab countries. Although Turkey is...

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Turkey's Prime Minister Needs to Take Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:24 PM

After three weeks of turmoil in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan still appears to be reluctant to resolve the political conflict in Turkey. Rather, he has further provoked the protesters by his continued dismissive and authoritarian statements.

Instead of engaging with the Taksim Solidarity Platform, the...

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Turkey: Protests Grow in Scope

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Thousands of people across Turkey have taken the streets since Friday when the police violently cracked down on a peaceful sit-in to prevent the destruction of a historical urban park, Gezi Park, in Taksim Square, to build the 94th shopping mall in the heart of Istanbul.

Over the weekend,...

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The Munk Debates: Should We Tax the Rich More?

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 3:54 AM

Since it began in 2008, the Munk Debates series has firmly established itself as one of the premier debating events in Canada. The latest debate, held this Thursday night in Toronto, took on the highly topical motion: be it resolved, tax the rich more. The debate was an intense and...

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Foreign Policy Should Count in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 5:22 AM

The 2012 American presidential election seems to be focused on the United States economy. But, historically, this has not always been the case. In the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, national security played a crucial role.

Obama entered office as a wartime president, inheriting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Will Canada Answer the "Kurdish Question"?

(5) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 1:00 AM

Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners in Turkey have been on a hunger strike for over a month. According to CNN, they demand equal Kurdish language rights in education and in courts, as well as the release of Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the infamous Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK).

The...

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Justin Trudeau: More Than a Famous Pretty Boy

(12) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 1:22 PM

Liberals are obsessed with the past. Celebrating past successes is not necessarily a bad thing, but being obsessed with them to the point of creating a self-image as Canada's natural governing party is too much. This image is hurting Liberals more than anything else.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Lester B....

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Arab Spring Should Follow Turkey

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 9:23 PM

Early optimism on the Arab Spring is quickly disappearing. We have seen popular protest transform itself into minor constitutional change in Arab monarchies, civil war in Libya and Syria, and increasing uncertainty in Tunisia and Egypt. Nevertheless, the fact is that tyrannical regimes have fallen and elections have taken place...

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When the Internet is Blocked, So Is Change in Iran

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 10:14 AM

"Information, not guns will bring down dictators," said Saman Arbabi, the co-creator of the most successful satirical show in Persian.

In the highly turbulent world of the Middle East, social media has been playing an extremely significant role in raising awareness and inciting change. Social media has been credited as...

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Will The Female Bob Rae Please Stand Up?

(7) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 3:24 PM

This article was co-authored by Semra Sevi and Mahsa Alimardani.

Bob Rae's decision not to seek the position of permanent leader of the Liberal Party was a dignified one. He ran for the leadership position twice before -- in 2006 and 2008 -- and lost both times. This was...

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Solidarity, not Sanctions, Should be the West's Response to the Iranian People

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Talks in Baghdad with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany have resumed over Iran's contentious nuclear program. The negotiation process is likely to be a long one, and no breakthrough accords are expected at this meeting.

The debate has been boiled down to Iran claiming...

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