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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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  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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  In this blog piece, I will provide a summary of the renowned book “Politics” of Andrew Heywood. This summary of mine was made for my PhD course in 2011. CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS POLITICS?   Politics, in its broadest sense can be defined as the activity through which people make, preserve and amend the… » read more

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The foreign policy of Turkey has undergone substantial changes since its establishment due to internal and external factors. This research article is an attempt to analyze Turkish foreign policy from a historical perspective. While doing this, the political culture, decision-making processes in foreign policy issues and the structure of foreign policy determinants will also be… » read more

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This article deals with two topics: civil-military relations theoretically and Turkish case in terms of militarism. This article weas originally published in 2011 on GW Post. Militarism assumes and promotes the idea that difference involves incompatibility, brings competition and eventually produces mutual destruction. People do not have an inherent need to compete. But military culture… » read more

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