BBurak

    Introduction   Turkey has been characterized with a sui generis democracy and economy compared to other Middle Eastern or Muslim countries. As the the political system of Turkey has changed over time and moved towards a Western-type of democracy, Turkish economy has not stayed the same inevitably. The role of the state has… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

      The construction works for Canal Istanbul project, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara (and the Mediterranean Sea), north and south of Istanbul was expected to start by the end of 2019, according to Turkish media, but there is no official confirmation from the government about the exact date. Known… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

It is known that Turkey and the internationally-recognized, U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya signed a memorandum of understanding on Nov. 27, regarding the Eastern Mediterranean region.   The memorandum asserts Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean region clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to have access… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

NATION-BUILDING: HOMOGENIZATION POLICIES AND DYNAMICS¨ Almost every nation-state since their inception has had some kind of an ‘imagined’ desired citizen profile. This concept of desired citizen has its constitutive others too. Thus, while on the one hand nation-state endeavors to construct desired citizenship; on the other hand and simultaneously, it tries to assimilate or dissimilate… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northeastern Syria to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity. It is knowm that, on Oct. 17, Turkey agreed to pause the operation for 120 hours to allow the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists.  … » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

This blog piece is an attempt to analyze Syrian civil war ( or crisis ) from the perspective of humanitarian intervention debate. Like my previous piece, this piece has a format of an essay paper that aims to provide some terminology before the short analysis. *Terminology:Definition of Humanitarian Intervention: Such intervention refers to actions undertaken… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

This blog piece I will write today is organized like a take-home essay and it has a simple question: What does/should Trump do vis-a-vis- the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea?   First I will define terminology then write some basic information of the two countries then I will try to make some evaluations… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  State-formation process entails producing some kind of an ‘imagined’good or desired citizen profile. This concept of imagined desired citizen has its significant other(s) too who have influenced the constitution or reconstitution of the national identity. The notion of a significant other may be another ethnic or religious group and significant others have an influence… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak