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...

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...

The European Elections and Social Democracy

The European Elections and Social Democracy

May 2014

Each month, 700 deputies travel from Brussels to Strasbourg. 8 trucks filled with files are carried all the way from Brussels to Strasbourg. This burocratic irrationality is caused by the attitude of France. Though we are facing a parliament who even has difficulties to decide where to meet, the European deputies claim to have improved their impact and force in...

Turkey Under The AKP Rule: The Illusion Of “Gesellschaft”, The Reality of “Gemeinschaft”

Turkey Under The AKP Rule: The Illusion Of “Gesellschaft”, The Reality of “Gemeinschaft”

May 2014

  To begin, I will briefly explain the concepts of Gesellschaft (civil society) and Gemeinschaft (community) as developed by the famous German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies. Gemeinschaft is an association where individuals and informal relations are dominant (primary relations), whereas Gesellschaft is an association that emphasizes rational and...

The European Perception of Turkey in the Syria Crisis

The European Perception of Turkey in the Syria Crisis

December 2012

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.”

AKP’s Tactical Moves and the Need for the EU To Be Aware

AKP’s Tactical Moves and the Need for the EU To Be Aware

October 2012

The EU has started to forgo its optimum bias after the congnitive mechanism it has internalized for a longtime regarding AKP.

The Misuse of the EU Accession Process and Civil Society

The Misuse of the EU Accession Process and Civil Society

April 2012

Though historically used as an instrument to maintain power, EU accession process has founf new avenues of political pursuits under Erdogan's leadership.

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