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The history of Turkey has witnessed military interventions almost once in every decade. Before shedding light upon the 1960 intervention, it is important to look at the anatomy of civil-military relations. In Turkey, the concept of “Internal Enemy” has been regarded as an attempt to justify the role of the military in politics. In retrospect,… » read more

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Bernard Lewis, a preeminent scholar of Middle Eastern history whose work profoundly shaped Western views of the region died on May 19. He was 101 years old. Beyond the polarizing arguments among the academics, Dr. Lewis was a man of expansive intellectual appetites…Lewis wrote more than 30 books, hundreds of articles and had competence in… » read more

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  As known, the elections are drawing near. The Presidential elections which will be held on June 24 will also determine the names of the deputies for the twenty-seventh term of office. In the presidential elections 6 candidates will run for office, the Council of Higher Election declared them as follows: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Muharrem… » read more

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    In this post, I am sharing the election manifesto of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan based on two newsapers having quite different idelogical orientations… As known, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has revealed his party’s manifesto for the elections. He delivered vital messages for the economy, foreign policy, human rights and the regional status of Turkey… » read more

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“Turkey’s electoral system awards seats based on a proportional representation formula that tends to reward larger parties and coalitions. Parties that fail to achieve the 10% minimum of the national vote have any seats won reallocated to others that meet the threshold. In March, the AKP-dominated parliament passed a bill that permitted electoral alliances in… » read more

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Tomorrow is World Press Freedom Day. On the occasion of that day, I want to share an article of mine published in 2011. The article is entitled ” Instrumentalist Use of Journalism in Imposing the Kemalist Hegemonic Worldview and Educating the Masses in the Early Republican Period”   In the early years of the Republic,… » read more

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This article was published in European Journal of Turkish Studies. It provides an insigthful anaylsis about the developments regarding the labor movement in Turkey… One of the paragraphs says the following:   “The predominant view of the labor movement in Turkey is one that sees the movement as relatively inconsequential to the development of Turkish… » read more

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