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Guest Editor's Note Summer 2020

Guest Editor's Note | Summer 2020

Editor's Notes

Through a wide range of articles and commentaries, this issue aims to bring to its readers a comprehensive framework on the transformation of...

The Logic Beyond Lausanne A Geopolitical Perspective on the Congruence

The Logic Beyond Lausanne: A Geopolitical Perspective on the Congruence between Turkey’s New Hard Power and its Strategic Reorientation

Commentaries

Turkey’s new expeditionary capability, resting on enhanced naval capacity and new forward bases, is the logical result of Turkey’s post-Cold War...

The Power of Law vs the Power of Arms The

The Power of Law vs. the Power of Arms: The Turkish Judiciary’s Test with the Coup

Commentaries

Thousands of judges and prosecutors in Turkey risked their lives to inquire into the activities of an armed group and defended the law against...

Erdoğan s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Erdoğan’s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Articles

In recent years, one of the most popular concepts in Turkish foreign policy has been public diplomacy, which refers to government activities to...

The Turkish Economy at the Crossroads The Political Economy of

The Turkish Economy at the Crossroads: The Political Economy of the 2018 Financial Turbulence

Articles

In 2018, the Turkish economy suffered one of the most severe financial speculations in its 38-year open economy era. Some have tried to explain the...

The World Is Bigger than Five A Salutary Manifesto of

“The World Is Bigger than Five”: A Salutary Manifesto of Turkey’s New International Outlook

Articles

President Erdoğan has expressed his objection to the current structure of the UN with the motto “the world is bigger than five.” The international...

The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and Turkey s

The Crisis of the Liberal World Order and Turkey’s Resistance

Commentaries

With the retreat of liberalism in the Western world and the US withdrawing on many global issues, the international system is undergoing serious...

The Emergence of Kantian Culture in Turkish Foreign Policy 1980-2012

The Emergence of Kantian Culture in Turkish Foreign Policy (1980-2012): A Holistic Constructivist Approach

Book Reviews

There is hardly a more thought-provoking subject in the contemporary political history of Turkey than the country’s transforming state identity...

Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey Causes and Effects

Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: Causes and Effects

Book Reviews

In Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: Causes and Effects, Hakan Köni focuses on Turkish Political Islam’s (TPI) transformation in terms...

Reforming the Policymaking Process in Turkey s New Presidential System

Reforming the Policymaking Process in Turkey’s New Presidential System

Articles

The system of government in Turkey shifted from a parliamentary to an intrinsic presidential system, in which the president solely employs the...

Kurdish Votes in the June 24 2018 Elections An Analysis

Kurdish Votes in the June 24, 2018 Elections: An Analysis of Electoral Results in Turkey’s Eastern Cities

Articles

This article analyzes the voting patterns in eastern Turkey for the June 24, 2018 elections and examines the cross-sectional and longitudinal...

The June 24 Elections On Political Change and the Future

The June 24 Elections: On Political Change and the Future of Turkey

Commentaries

On June 24, 2018, two elections that determine Turkey’s future took place. By focusing on the political transformation that shaped the June 24...

Managing Democratization Achievements and Limitations in AK Party Era

Managing Democratization: Achievements and Limitations in AK Party Era

Articles

During its first two terms (2002-2012), AK Party adopted a range of constitutional democratization reforms connected with the EU accession process...

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey The June 24

Laying the Cornerstone for a New Turkey: The June 24 Elections

Commentaries

On June 24, 2018, with a participation rate of more than 85 percent, Turkey elected its President and parliamentarians. While determining Turkey’s...

Islam and Democracy: A False Dichotomy

Articles

As the AK Party government struggles to keep the ‘EU dream’ alive, and as Kemalist ideocrats work to keep back the AKP’s dominion, lingering...

Discussing Recent Literature on Turkish Politics: The Myth within the Myth

Articles

This paper challenges the view that the AKP is an "Islamist Party" and "hardly a democratic opening." It puts forward the argument that the AKP's...

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