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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...

Transformation of the Ennahda Movement from Islamic Jama ah to

Transformation of the Ennahda Movement from Islamic Jama’ah to Political Party

The Ennahda Movement, whose foundations were laid in Tunisia at the beginning of the 1970s by Rached Ghannouchi and his friends, has continued its...

Re-evaluating Iran-Egypt Relations A Look at the Evolving Geopolitical Context

Re-evaluating Iran-Egypt Relations: A Look at the Evolving Geopolitical Context

Egypt under President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi appears committed to avoid falling into the contentious Sunni-Shia divide by reconfiguring its security...

A New Turkish Foreign Policy Towards Proactive Moral Realism

A New Turkish Foreign Policy: Towards Proactive “Moral Realism”

In a time when our globalizing world is confronted by a deepening global turmoil, political instability and multiplying security threats have set...

Turkey s Choice

Turkey’s Choice

This article argues that recent upheavals in Turkey’s domestic and regional dynamics – the transition to a more crisis-ridden foreign policy around...

Determinants of Turkish-American Relations and Prospects for the Future

Determinants of Turkish-American Relations and Prospects for the Future

This article analyzes the fluctuating course of the Turkey-U.S. relationship with a special focus on Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency. When Obama...

Assessing Turkey s Foreign Policy Choices towards the European Union

Assessing Turkey’s Foreign Policy Choices towards the European Union

Turkey adopted a new strategy for its European Union accession process in 2014, in an attempt to revitalize its relations with the EU. Turkish...

Energy in Turkey and Russia s Roller-Coaster Relationship

Energy in Turkey and Russia’s Roller-Coaster Relationship

Energy relations between Turkey and Russia provide an excellent example of how energy and politics interrelate in countries with a historically...

Islamist Views on Foreign Policy Examples of Turkish Pan-Islamism in

Islamist Views on Foreign Policy: Examples of Turkish Pan-Islamism in the Writings of Sezai Karakoç and Necmettin Erbakan

In the case of Turkey, competing foreign policy perspectives have always represented a central issue in the ideological clash between Kemalism and...

Notes on the Role of the Armed Forces in Reparation

Notes on the Role of the Armed Forces in Reparation Processes in Colombia

In this article, we present and reflect on the role of the Armed Forces in the reparation of the victims of the Colombian conflict. The article...

Iran s Ballistic Missile Program A New Case for Engaging

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program: A New Case for Engaging Iran?

Much like Iran’s nuclear program, scholars and policy makers are largely puzzled to understand Iran’s intentions in developing its ballistic...

The New NATO Prepared for Russian Hybrid Warfare

The New NATO: Prepared for Russian Hybrid Warfare?

The Ukrainian crisis altered the security paradigm in Europe by forcing NATO to revise its stance towards Russia, as it employed a wide array of...

Kazakh and Russian History and Its Geopolitical Implications

Kazakh and Russian History and Its Geopolitical Implications

In 2015, Kazakhstan celebrated 550 years of Kazakh statehood. The extraordinary interest in these events, both among Kazakh officials and some...

Reconsidering the Presidential System in Turkey

Reconsidering the Presidential System in Turkey

Debates on the system of government have been on the political agenda in Turkey since the 1960s, gaining momentum in recent years. Disengagement...

The Constitutional Amendment Draft The End of Debates on Change

The Constitutional Amendment Draft: The End of Debates on Change in the Turkish Political System?

Debate over the government system has occupied Turkey’s political and constitutional agenda for many years. Yet the discussions that have taken...

Political Parties the Political System and Turkey

Political Parties, the Political System and Turkey

Even though they are not the sole forms of organization in a democratic system, political parties constitute the most effective bodies of people’s...

Government Systems Party Politics and Institutional Engineering in the Round

Government Systems, Party Politics, and Institutional Engineering in the Round

Countries often debate the issue of constitutional reform. Typically, such debates focus on whether a country should have a presidential,...

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