While the ruling party’s threats of military force risk Turkey’s security and long-term stability, opposition to any involvement at all by some factions of the country’s left wing deserves criticism.
While Turkey continues its journey with a sharp shift in policies towards Arab countries, the “spring” has come to its border.
Although public opinion about Syria was in favor of the government, recent polls show that the Turkish public does not support the government’s Syrian policies anymore.
Although Turkey’s pretext for intervention in Syria has changed to “Syrian mortars killing Turkish citizens” from “the absence of democracy,” the end result of the fragmentation does not seem profitable for Turkey.
By looking at the famous quotation of King Lear, we can see how perfectly the words find their equivalent in today’s political environment in Turkey.
After three consecutive electoral defeats against the ruling Justice and Development Party, Turkey’s first political party, the Republican People’s Party, is experiencing a difficult period, fluctuating between Kemalist and social democratic principles.
AKP’s aggressive policy to expand Islamic brotherhood started to become a threat for Alevis in Turkey.
Instead of addressing the critical policy needs, AKP Administration appears to be juggling with them.
Reflections TURKEY, as we noted in our previous issue, has been following closely the national and regional policy ramifications of … More
The tasks and responsibilities that Turkey would have to undertake in a Peace Support Operation by NATO would inflict significant costs and burdens on the country.
As many critics in Europe noted, Turkey, in its aggressive policy toward Syria, is becoming more and more isolated and seems to be “trapped in the swamp.”
In the recent Turkish bar elections, lawyers were not only selecting their presidents and board members, they were in fact putting forward their opinions and preferences regarding the current rule of law in Turkey.