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  Totalitarian regimes have their own code of conduct. In democratic regimes, the ruling elites have certain and similar responsibilities. However, every totalitarian regime has its own unique nature despite similarities as every totalitarian leader has his own self-declared rules.   In this short essay, I will try to analyze Karl Popper’s work ‘The Open… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  The article is the last of the series covering migration and migration-related issues. In this blog piece, before covering the role of food in the relationship between migrants and host communities, I will attempt to mention the concepts of “identity” and “culture” first. Identity   Identity can be defined in a double sense. It… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

RAND Report: What is new?

Last month, in the latest report published by RAND researchers, the key challenges confronting the U.S.-Turkish partnership over the coming years have been covered. The analysts recommend possible initiatives to sustain it during what is likely to be a turbulent era. The RAND report focuses on the political, social, and economic events that are changing… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Today my blog piece is again about an article. The article is written by Ahmet Öncü and Gürcan Koçan with the name “Citizen Alevi in Turkey: Beyond Confirmation and Denial”.       Here are some important points covered in the article:     Understood as one “imagined” homogeneous socio-cultural-political whole (Gellner, 1997; Anderson, 1991),… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

          In the last couple of weeks, Turkey has been witnessing quite bizarre developments in the political scene.   As known, the İstanbul polls will be re-held tomorrow and the tension between the two camps has risen. The voters of İmamoğlu and Yıldırım have got engaged in conflictual dialogues in social… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

It is very unfortunate to observe a physical attack against the leader of the main opposition party Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. We all know that one thing is certain. This attack has made it crystal clear that the long-standing political polarization in the country can bring rather dangerous outcomes. The harsh rhetoric adopted by the political figures… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

I think, almost every political scientist agrees that, differences are seen as a threat to state authority. Even in Western democracies, different ethnic or religious groups ( minorities) are not treated equally. For instance, in Austria, a considerable degree of Islamophobia is evident.   On the other hand, in terms of Turkish context, the establishment… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

The “Post Modern Coup”

The coup known as “post modern coup” is a milestone in Turkish democracy history, as it divided the political islamist actors (National Outlook) into two different camps and one of them has turned into a party now known as the AK Party.… In 1997, a soft coup broke out in Turkey known as the February… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

On 24 January 1993, Ugur Mumcu, the investigative journalist, who had brought corruption cases and mafia-politics links into daylight, died when he started the engine of his car, which then exploded in front of his house in Ankara, fragmenting his body into pieces. Mumcu had been receiving death threats because of the files he had… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak