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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 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 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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    Coronavirus is continuing to spread all over the world, with nearly three million confirmed cases in 185 countries. At least 200,000 people have died so far.[1] The COVID-19 virus was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China in late 2019. It spread almost all over the world in a very short period… » read more

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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

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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

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  FOLLOWING THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE HEAD TEACHER The work of teachers and their contributions to the society are incredibly innumerable. It is known that, since 1994, many countries celebrate Teachers’ Day on the 5th day of October with the recommendation of UNESCO. In Turkey this special day is celebrated on November 24. After the… » read more

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The history of Turkey has witnessed military interventions almost once in every decade. Before shedding light upon the 1960 intervention, it is important to look at the anatomy of civil-military relations. In Turkey, the concept of “Internal Enemy” has been regarded as an attempt to justify the role of the military in politics. In retrospect,… » read more

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Bernard Lewis, a preeminent scholar of Middle Eastern history whose work profoundly shaped Western views of the region died on May 19. He was 101 years old. Beyond the polarizing arguments among the academics, Dr. Lewis was a man of expansive intellectual appetites…Lewis wrote more than 30 books, hundreds of articles and had competence in… » read more

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