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Eurocynicism: An Important Argumentative Fallacy in Pro-AKP Political Discourse

Eurocynicism:  An Important Argumentative Fallacy in Pro-AKP Political Discourse

September 2015

Asst. Prof. Dr. Can Büyükbay, Political Scientist Vice-Chairman, Progressive Thought Institute   Generally speaking, political cynicism has different aspects and can be directed towards various institutions, issues and regimes. In the context of Eurocynicism the term “cynicism” refers to coexistence of scepticism and sarcasm. To clarify more, Slavoj...

War on Terrorism in The Middle East?

War on Terrorism in The Middle East?

August 2015

Turkish public opinion learnt a militant organisation’s name in June 2014 why the organisation captured Mosul which is an oil rich city in Iraq. The organisation’s name is Islamic State of Iraq-Sham. Sham means Damascus in Turkish. As it is known it’s the capital of Syria. But Sham does not indicate Damascus in the organisation’s initials. It has the...

Political Psychology of Peace and War: Peace as a Psychological Need

Political Psychology of Peace and War: Peace as a Psychological Need

August 2015

The common view is that Turkey is on the verge of civil war as well as war; in fact, the categorical distinction between a war and a civil war is fast fading in post-election Turkey where waging a full-fledged war in Syria has direct consequences and implications for the internal conflicts of domestic politics. While a minority of the commentators would claim...

Experimenting “Bottom-up Europeanization”: EU’s support to civil society development in Enlargement countries

Experimenting “Bottom-up Europeanization”: EU’s support to civil society development in Enlargement countries

May 2015

The democratic deficit  and inefficiency of public policy making are  common issues in the global level, which has been widely addressed over time, and that the participation of civil society in policy processes represents the solution to overcome such problems. Civil society as a concept constitutes an important place in the European political and normative...

Towards the limits of dominant-party period? Notes and hopes for the June 2015 elections

Towards the limits of dominant-party period? Notes and hopes for the June 2015 elections

May 2015

Kıvanç ATAK European University Institute, Florence   Is Turkey coming to an end of its dominant-party period? It is not entirely unrealistic to give an affirmative answer to this question. Still, for many observers and commentators alike, the more likely scenario is another term of Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, albeit with an eroding...

Elect or Erect: 2015 Elections in Turkey

Elect or Erect: 2015 Elections in Turkey

May 2015

It is hard to state that majority of the Turkish citizens are equally interested in upcoming elections. AKP voters are sure that their party will win yet another election by 40 to 50 %. This confidence partially stems from the typical belief that the standard voter is inclined towards a stable future which is supposed to be associated and represented by the...

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