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This article was originally published on BESA Center web page.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Turkey has never had a fully liberal democratic regime. The country, which suffered the authoritarianism of the Kemalist regime’s top-down attempts to modernize, is now experiencing a different form of authoritarian consolidation under the AKP-controlled government. Authoritarian consolidation can be defined as… » read more

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  This article was first published on Modern Diplomacy.   Turkey’s human rights record has been on decline in recent years. Women’s rights issue is at the heart of this debate. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has withdrawn Turkey from the Istanbul Convention through a presidential decree issued last Saturday. The move shocked everyone as country… » read more

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This article was first published on Global Village Space   Turkey has been witnessing rising authoritarianism especially in the aftermath of the transition to a presidential regime. Without a sufficient checks and balances system, it is not surprising to see that this transition paves the way for further authoritarianism. The compromise and cooperation culture and… » read more

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  This piece was originally published in International Policy Digest There are quite a few similarities between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both are charismatic and ambitious, but more ominously, both are autocratic. Erdogan gained popularity in the mid-1990s when he served as the mayor of Istanbul. After a coup… » read more

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This article was first published on Modern Diplomacy   The state-religion relationship and secularism policies in Turkey have been of a scholarly endeavor for both local and international researchers. While analyzing democracy journey and modernization history of Turkey, secularism has been one of the top-analyzed issues. The first attempts of secularism were witnessed in the… » read more

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This article was first published on Modern Diplomacy   Since the transition to multiparty democracy in 1950, Turkish political life witnessed two fully fledged direct military coups in 1960 and in 1980 and a memorandum issued by the army that led to the fall of government in 1971. In a similar way, a post-modern coup… » read more

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  This article was first published on Modern Diplomacy   “…Turkish Army is determined to defend the unitary secular state founded by Ataturk… Protection of fundamental characteristics of the republic cannot be considered as an intervention in domestic politics.” said, Isık Kosaner, ex-Chief of the General Staff   Democracy as a regime type is the… » read more

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Riots of September 6-7, 1955

One of the critical events regarding the minority issue in the history of the Republic has been the September 6-7 events. This incident broke out during the Democratic Party period and it is seen as one of the events that prepared the basid for themilitary coup and made DP rule lose legitimacy.     Considering… » read more

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This week my new article entitled “A Critical Discourse Analysis of Cybersecurity News in Turkish Media ” has been published in Cyberpolitik Journal Vol : 5 No: 9 (Summer, 2020). Abstract: During the past twenty years, a new concept of security called “cybersecurity” has come to the fore. Despite having no totally agreed-upon definition, cyber-security… » read more

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  The gory news about the murder of a young woman Pınar Gültekin (27) has deeply affected us. In fact, the murder of women has been a bleeding wound of Turkey, but this time the murder story has been shaped in a similar way to movies. As reported by Anadolu Agency (AA), the murderer Cemal… » read more

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