BBurak

Archives for Democracy

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

Posted by Begum Burak

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

Posted by Begum Burak

Islam has been widely studied in both Turkish and Western academia. However most of the time Islam and its interaction with politics has been addressed. Associate professor of Religion Dr. Philip Dorroll from Wofford College (USA) in his new book offers a new perspective about Turkish Islam from late Ottoman times up until modern days.… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

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

Posted by Begum Burak

In the elections held last Sunday, the ruling party AKP has lost control of the capital Ankara which can be seen as a serious blow to the party’s 16-year rule.In parallel to that, the opposition party’s Ekrem İmamoğlu is slightly ahead in the contest for mayor of Istanbul . As known, the ruling party does… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak

  As known, the elections are drawing near. The Presidential elections which will be held on June 24 will also determine the names of the deputies for the twenty-seventh term of office. In the presidential elections 6 candidates will run for office, the Council of Higher Election declared them as follows: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Muharrem… » read more

Posted by Begum Burak