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Towards the limits of dominant-party period? Notes and hopes for the June 2015 elections

Towards the limits of dominant-party period? Notes and hopes for the June 2015 elections

May 2015

Kıvanç ATAK European University Institute, Florence   Is Turkey coming to an end of its dominant-party period? It is not entirely unrealistic to give an affirmative answer to this question. Still, for many observers and commentators alike, the more likely scenario is another term of Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, albeit with an eroding...

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...

Election Of The 10th August 2014

Election Of The 10th August 2014

August 2014

Mr. Erdoğan has been elected the 12. President of Republic on the 10th of August 2014.  Attentive observers noticed that none of the candidates could be in a position to get the absolute majority in case of a massive participation. On the contrary, a low rate of participation would allow Mr. Erdoğan to pass over the fatidical bar of 50 percent.  Actually,...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: limited options in unstable times

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: limited options in unstable times

August 2014

Post-2011: From bad to worse The failure of the United States to handle a rising tide of instability in the Middle East is not without precedent. Despite successes in other parts of the world, US foreign policy has long struggled to achieve positive outcomes in the Middle East. Still, today there is a new sense of failure surrounding American policy as negative...

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 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’...

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