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...

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.

Turkey’s Arab Spring Journey: Qui Vadis on Syria?

Turkey’s Arab Spring Journey: Qui Vadis on Syria?

December 2012

While Turkey continues its journey with a sharp shift in policies towards Arab countries, the “spring” has come to its border.

What’s Happening in Syria?

What’s Happening in Syria?

December 2012

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.

The Effect of Public Opinion on AKP’s Syrian Policy: “Stop! We Are Friends”

The Effect of Public Opinion on AKP’s Syrian Policy: “Stop! We Are Friends”

December 2012

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.

Syria, The West and Turkey

Syria, The West and Turkey

October 2012

In the midst of a war, AKP Government has failed in navigating her allies in the West.

“Zero Problems with Neighbors”: The Case of Azerbaijan

“Zero Problems with Neighbors”: The Case of Azerbaijan

October 2012

While the Turkish foreign minister insists on having 'zero-problems' with neighbors, relations with Azerbaijan have come to a critical breaking point.

Turkish Israeli Relations: The Points of a Triangle

Turkish Israeli Relations: The Points of a Triangle

October 2012

It is clear that today Israel has become the new target for anti-Semitism, but Turkey and Israel continue to face the same destiny of being the two 'similar' allies of U.S.

Turkey’s Second Privatization Agency: TOKI

Turkey’s Second  Privatization Agency: TOKI

May 2012

Turkey's Mass Housing Administration (TOKI) is consuming public assets relentlessly, becoming a device to redistribute property-driven wealth among its supporters.

My Science…

My Science…

May 2012

Turkey's scientific orientation is now under AKP's full authoritative coercion.

Turkey's First Political Party, CHP: A Retrospective

Turkey's First Political Party, CHP: A Retrospective

April 2012

Last decade has witnessed an unprecedented anti-propaganda against Turkey's oldest political party: Republican People's Party (CHP).

A Unique Example of Political Participation in Turkey: Twin Congresses

A Unique Example of Political Participation in Turkey: Twin Congresses

April 2012

The latest two congresses of CHP constitute an unprecedented move in the history of political parties in Turkey.

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