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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...

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...

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’...

Origin Of The Conflicts In The Middle East..

Origin Of The Conflicts In The Middle East..

August 2014

Rational and Irrational Interests versus Universal Values   Can BÜYÜKBAY   The termination of the Cold War has changed the character of international conflicts but it has not reduced the violence and the pain human beings suffer from. In the last years, fatal and deep conflicts increase rapidly, especially in the Middle East. The structural and...

Sledgehammer: A Turning Point In the History of Turkish Judiciary System.

Sledgehammer: A Turning Point In the History of Turkish Judiciary System.

August 2014

There is a famous proverb used in English that we could use in our lives quite often: Silence is bliss. Not in Turkey any more. Here, silence is not counted as a bliss. Instead it has ruined the lives of many intellectuals. The Sledgehammer Case of Turkey started in January 2010 which marks a turning point in the history of justice in Turkey. With the delivery...