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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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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 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has withdrawn Turkey from the Istanbul Convention through a presidential decree issued last Saturday.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 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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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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    I have launched a Youtube channel on Ottoman-Turkish History through which I present literature review and academic comments on Ottoman-Turkish History. I aim to reach to young scholars studying Turkish politics in particular.   One of my videos is on the following link:   Ottoman Political and Societal Structure – YouTube   My… » read more

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