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“Two Buildings” Project for a Healthy Community and Sustainability of the Village

The year 2015 is announced as “Soil Year” by the United Nations. The previous year’s theme was “Family Farming Year”. However, Turkey’s busy agenda does not give way to social issues such as village habitants, soil and seeds. Furthermore, besides small farming, traditional food or village produce needs urgent attention. Why? Primarily it is near to...

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...

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...

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...

As the maps are being drawn…

As the maps are being drawn…

September 2014

A kind of never-ending conflict in the Middle East has reached its peak with the emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) terrorist organization.  ISIS, initiative is Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, took place in the scene recently as the most brutal one between the radical Islamist groups of all time up to the present. Just now, the...

The Revenge Of Middle East’s 100 Years

The Revenge Of Middle East’s 100 Years

August 2014

We are currently living World War I’s 100th anniversary.  Calendar dates could be symbols for historical statements. Especially 50th or 100th steps facilitate some evaluations, self-criticisms, indictments and etc. But the common points generally include taking lessons from these events. Surely, aforementioned handles also contain subjectivities. States’...