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    This book review was published in Global Policy Journal based at Durham University, UK.   As the only Muslim and secular democratic country in the Middle East, the history, political structure and institutions of Turkey have been of particular scholarly interest. It has been a critical actor in the Middle East as well… » read more

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This opinion article was first published in Duvar English.   The democratic form of government has a long-established tradition dating back to Ancient Greek times. Although its forms and practices have changed, democracy is seen as the most important form of government in today’s world. Democratic consolidation cannot be fully realized without the internalization and… » read more

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The Coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way (academic) information has been circulated all around the world in an enormous way. I have lately been active in many webinars and zoom conferences since the outbreak of the pandemic.     The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) based in Washinton D.C. has been one of the… » read more

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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 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has withdrawn Turkey from the Istanbul Convention through a presidential decree issued last Saturday.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 Political Economy Journal   The founder of Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s conduct of state affairs and foreign policy vision approach was first declared in his 1931 speech during his tours of Anatolia. Atatürk’s saying “Peace at Home, Peace in the World” is seen as a central principle of… » read more

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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, around 2.3 million people have died from Covid-19. As a result of the pandemic, one country which has fundamentally changed its foreign… » read more

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Today I joined a lecture delivered on zoom. The lecture was organized by British Institute at Ankara (BIAA)   The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) was founded in 1947 and incorporated in the 1956 cultural agreement between the Republic of Turkey and the United Kingdom. It is internationally renowned for conducting research in Turkey and… » 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 article was first published on Modern Diplomacy This is the last piece of my “Turkish politics” article series. In this piece, I will try to address the role of civil society in Turkish political life and democracy in a brief way. The role of civil society is very important in shaping the democratic institutions… » read more

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