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An Illustration of Sino-Turkish Relations The Cyprus Question

An Illustration of Sino-Turkish Relations: The Cyprus Question

This article analyzes China’s foreign policy within the framework of debates on the rise of China in the international relations literature by...

History and Victimhood Engaging with Rohingya Issues

History and Victimhood: Engaging with Rohingya Issues

Since the late 1990s, the public representation of the Muslim minority of Rakhine State (Myanmar), widely known as Rohingyas after the 2012...

Is Pakistan a Failed State An Assessment of Islamist Ideals

Is Pakistan a Failed State? An Assessment of Islamist Ideals, Nationalist Articulation and Ground Realities

Like most Muslim nation-states, Islamic ideals inspired Indian Muslims during their struggle against colonialism and potential prejudiced Hindu...

OSCE Minsk Group Proposals and Failure the View from Azerbaijan

OSCE Minsk Group: Proposals and Failure, the View from Azerbaijan

The OSCE Minsk Group was created by the Conference on Security and Cooperation for finding a political and peaceful resolution to the...

From Secularism to La cit and Analyzing Turkish Authoritarian Laiklik

From Secularism to Laïcité and Analyzing Turkish Authoritarian Laiklik

Turkish secularism called laiklik which derived from the French laïc term, was transferred from Frances’ laïcité in the late Ottoman period via the...

The Role of Political Islam in Tunisia s Democratization Process

The Role of Political Islam in Tunisia’s Democratization Process: Towards a New Pattern of Secularization?

As far as the discussions on the Muslim world have been concerned with the process of secularization, a major focus has been the question of...

Russia-Europe Relations in Historical Perspective Investigating the Role of Ukraine

Russia-Europe Relations in Historical Perspective: Investigating the Role of Ukraine

There seems to be a consensus within both Russian and European analytic communities as to the ultimate reason behind the dramatic deterioration of...

Evaluating the Fighter Jet Crisis in Turkish-Russian Relations

Evaluating the Fighter Jet Crisis in Turkish-Russian Relations

Turkey and Russia developed very close relations throughout the 2000s. Yet, their growing differences about the Syrian civil war dragged the two...

Russian-Iranian Relations through the Prism of the Syrian Crisis

Russian-Iranian Relations through the Prism of the Syrian Crisis

Moscow is extremely interested in keeping Iran in the sphere of its influence. First of all, Iran’s geostrategic position allows it to influence...

Russian Energy Policy in the Middle East

Russian Energy Policy in the Middle East

Following the fallout between Russia and the West, Moscow embarked on a strategy to make its energy industry a foreign policy tool. In this...

The Roots of Security Narratives on Islam in Russia Tatar

The Roots of Security Narratives on Islam in Russia: Tatar Yoke, Official Religious Institutions and the Western Influence

This work examines Russia’s security narratives on Islam. Using a social constructivist framework and employing securitization theory, this paper...

Neo-Functionalist Regional Integration Theory Put to Test in Asia New

Neo-Functionalist Regional Integration Theory Put to Test in Asia: New Regionalism around India and ASEAN

Among regional integration theories that have evolved since the 1960s, neo-functionalism remains one of the essential tools to understand why...

Trump and the Rise of the Media-Industrial Complex in American

Trump and the Rise of the Media-Industrial Complex in American Politics

While controversies and debates proliferate about Trump's Presidency, there is little analysis of the context and factors leading to his rise and...

U S -China Competition over Nuclear North Korea

U.S.-China Competition over Nuclear North Korea

The often-used description in the American mainstream media and geopolitical literature of “North Korea’s nuclear aggression” is misleading. I...

Trump and the Middle East 'Barking Dogs Seldom Bite'

Trump and the Middle East: 'Barking Dogs Seldom Bite'

In drafting its Middle East policy, the Trump administration appears to depart from the soft power rhetoric of the Obama years, seemingly favoring...

Anatomy of the Libyan Crisis

Anatomy of the Libyan Crisis

In Libya high hopes for change, experienced in 2012 and 2013 after Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown in 2011 by a civil rebellion following a 42-year...

Gülenism as Religionist Kemalism

Gülenism as “Religionist” Kemalism

Utilizing Gramsci’s conceptualization of hegemonic struggles through both coercive means of the state and also the production of consent in civil...

The Role of the Islamic Community in Peacebuilding in Post-War

The Role of the Islamic Community in Peacebuilding in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina: Case Study of East Bosnia

The main aim of this paper is to prove that religious communities can play a vital role in building peace and trust among conflict-divided...

July 15 Political Economy of a Foiled Coup

July 15: Political Economy of a Foiled Coup

Turkey has suffered from interventions and enforcements against its elected governments, on the average, in every decade. Against this background,...

The Political Economy of AK Party Rule in Turkey From

The Political Economy of AK Party Rule in Turkey: From a Regulatory to a Developmental State?

The macroeconomic and financial stability orientation of AK Party governments, with their emphasis on fiscal discipline and the regulatory function...

Thorny Relations with the EU under AK Party Rule Challenges

Thorny Relations with the EU under AK Party Rule: Challenges and Prospects

Turkey-EU relations have historical significance in terms of politics, societal structures along with the longevity of Turkey’s EU accession...

Rise and Fall of the AK Party s Kurdish Peace

Rise and Fall of the AK Party’s Kurdish Peace Initiatives

This study analyzes the peace and reconciliation initiatives of the AK Party governments (2002 until 2017) to address the Kurdish Question, with a...

15 Years of AK Party Rule An Evaluation in Terms

15 Years of AK Party Rule: An Evaluation in Terms of Health and Health Policies

This article aims to evaluate the 15 years of leadership of the AK Party in terms of health and health policies using the Health System Framework...

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