A new “foreigner” imagery in the Turkish financial markets?

A new “foreigner” imagery in the Turkish financial markets?

May 2015

The recent years of the AKP rule have been marked by the increasingly polarizing voice of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current and first directly elected president of Turkey. In the face of opposition and criticism, Mr Erdogan tends to use rhetorical troops that transform his critics into national and/or international conspirators against him and AKP.  A much more...

The Economic and Governence Situation and Prospects Following The Presidential Election

The Economic and Governence Situation and Prospects Following The Presidential Election

August 2014

At the first election in which the president was elected directly by the electorate in Turkey, the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party)’s candidate Mr. Erdoğan obtained 51.79 per cent of the votes.  Mr. İhsanoğlu who was the umbrella candidate supported by the social democratic CHP (Republican People’s Party), MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) and a...

Sources of Authoritarianism in Turkey

Sources of Authoritarianism in Turkey

May 2014

The idea that democracy is essential for progress and that unhindered declarations of the preferences of the hoi polloi must replace those of authoritarian administrators has been supported by a great number of thinkers. Of these, Francis Galton’s experiment is one of the most convincing. Betting at the farmers’ fair In the year 1906, Francis Galton,...

Analysis Of 2014 Turkish Municipal Elections

Analysis Of 2014 Turkish Municipal Elections

May 2014

Introduction Turkish people went to polls for municipal elections on March 30, 2014. Results show that the governing Justice and Development Party (JDP) and its charismatic leader known with his authoritarian style Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had their sixth consecutive victory.[1] Turnout rates for the elections were very high according to earlier results though the...

From EU candidacy to Shanghai Five membership: Turkey’s new path

From EU candidacy to Shanghai Five membership: Turkey’s new path

May 2014

Recent discussions show that instead of wanting to be a member of the EU, Turkey has turned its face to the Shanghai Five as the result of a decrease in democratic governance.   The sole strategy of Turkey, in the scope of the modernist movement, is to reach the level of western civilized countries. The milestone for the Turkish modernity period has been the...

The EU is back: Copenhagen Criteria Reloaded

The EU is back: Copenhagen Criteria Reloaded

May 2014

International scrutiny of Turkey’s government on issues such as human rights, personal freedoms and liberties and rule of law has a long history. Amnesty International documented applications of torture to political detainees associated with the coup d’état as early as 1971. In the following decades, Europe started to play an important part in the...

Politics, the AKP Style: What happens when you run out of “enemies?”

Politics, the AKP Style: What happens when you run out of “enemies?”

May 2014

  Introduction: AKP, Justice and Development Party, has built its reign on power through a series of unorthodox networks of political alliances in the country and abroad during 12+ years in the government at national and municipal levels in Turkey.  During this time, the Prime Minister has galvanized the hitherto existing centers of power within his party and...

AKP’s Crisis Response Model: Thrive on Superficiality

AKP’s Crisis Response Model: Thrive on Superficiality

December 2012

Instead of addressing the critical policy needs, AKP Administration appears to be juggling with them.

Turkey Inclining Towards Despotism

Turkey Inclining Towards Despotism

December 2012

The contemporary kind of authoritarianism called “elected despotism” seems to be replacing the ideological totalitarianism.

The Turkish Left and the Syrian Conflict

The Turkish Left and the Syrian Conflict

December 2012

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.

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