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The Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way (academic) information has been circulated in an enormous way. I have lately been active in many webinars and zoom conferences.   The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) has been one of the centers that I have learnt during the pandemic. In previous weeks I applied for the… » 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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Islam has been widely studied in both Turkish and Western academia. However most of the time Islam and its interaction with politics has been addressed. Associate professor of Religion Dr. Philip Dorroll from Wofford College (USA) in his new book offers a new perspective about Turkish Islam from late Ottoman times up until modern days.… » read more

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  It is known that, forms of state-society relations may vary depending on the cultural, economic and socio-historical contexts. Thus, it would be better to assert that not a single political process takes place in different societies as the relationship between the state and the society is not the same or fixed. Besides some other… » read more

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    This piece was first published on the Compaion. Almost all of us watch the striking dimensions of global waste in the news release. The levels of waste are thought-provoking. What is even more tragical is that we are still not conscious about wasting; however it is a bleeding wound.   “Janus” is known… » read more

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    This article was first published in International Policy Digest. The coronavirus pandemic, which first emerged in China in late 2019, spread in a very short period of time and quickly reshuffled the domestic and foreign policy priorities of many countries. Thus far, some 2.3 million people globally have died from COVID-19. As a… » read more

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This article was first published on Eurasia Review   Media is seen as the “fourth estate” in modern democracies. It acts as a “watchdog” for state affairs. The media coverage of issues is very important in agenda setting. Media freedom is essential to a working democracy as agenda-setting is one of the significant roles of… » 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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