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The Role of the Military in Syrian Politics and the

The Role of the Military in Syrian Politics and the 2011 Uprising

In this research I examine the effect of the military on Syrian politics and the uprising of 2011. I consider the military’s will to protect the...

The Uncertain Role of the EU Countries in the Syrian

The Uncertain Role of the EU Countries in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This article analyses the EU’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, both inside the EU and in the Syria’s neighboring countries. It first focuses...

What the ISIS Crisis Means for the Future of the

What the ISIS Crisis Means for the Future of the Middle East

Despite all the intellectual energy devoted to understanding “what ISIS really is,” the group remains unpredictable and inexplicable for two main...

German Iranian Relations after the Nuclear Deal Geopolitical and Economic

German–Iranian Relations after the Nuclear Deal: Geopolitical and Economic Dimensions

Germany and Iran, being the most populated countries of Europe and West Asia respectively, have shared a long history on various levels,...

Managing the Stigma Islamophobia in German Schools

Managing the Stigma: Islamophobia in German Schools

As Islamophobia is on the rise in German society it also reaches into public institutions like schools. Not only students are influenced by the bad...

Germany s Kurdish and PKK Policy Balance and Strategy

Germany’s Kurdish and PKK Policy: Balance and Strategy

Motivated by the allegations of Germany’s indirect support for the PKK, voiced frequently in recent years among the Turkish public, this study aims...

Brazil Turkey Relations in the 2000s Deconstructing Partnership between Emerging

Brazil–Turkey Relations in the 2000s: Deconstructing Partnership between Emerging Powers

Uncertainty about the state of the new global order and the dynamics that govern it permeate academic literature and policy inquiries. In this new...

Neo-Ottomanists and Neoconservatives A Strange Alignment in the 1990s

Neo-Ottomanists and Neoconservatives: A Strange Alignment in the 1990s

In a curious and hitherto largely overlooked episode, the revisionist “neo-Ottomanist” ambitions of King Hussein of Jordan and Turgut Özal of...

The Relation between Identity and Security A Comparative Study on

The Relation between Identity and Security: A Comparative Study on Kosovo and Macedonia

As a concept, identity and security are deeply intertwined on many different levels. The relationship between identity and security evokes...

The Securitization of the Uyghur Question and Its Challenges

The Securitization of the Uyghur Question and Its Challenges

The Crisis of the Uyghur problem has transformed into a key element of China’s overall national politics, identity politics, international image,...

Election Storm in Turkey What do the Results of June

Election Storm in Turkey: What do the Results of June and November 2015 Elections Tell Us?

This article analyzes the two general elections in 2015 that followed the local and presidential elections a year earlier. These elections...

Putting Turkey s June and November 2015 Election Outcomes in

Putting Turkey’s June and November 2015 Election Outcomes in Perspective

The results of Turkey’s June and November 2015 parliamentary elections are put in perspective in light of economic voting literature and observed...

Identity Dynamics of the June and November 2015 Elections of

Identity Dynamics of the June and November 2015 Elections of Turkey: Kurds, Alevis and Conservative Nationalists

Identity politics was one of the major dynamics in shaping the results of both the June 7 and November 1, 2015 general elections in Turkey. The...

The Economic Context of Turkey s June and November 2015

The Economic Context of Turkey’s June and November 2015 Elections

This article argues that the economic context of June 7th and November 1st general elections differed to a great extent. First, while the economy...

External Voting Mapping Motivations of Emigrants and Concerns of Host

External Voting: Mapping Motivations of Emigrants and Concerns of Host Countries

The paper explores the understanding of external voting in the context of the 2014 Turkish presidential election in which migrants from Turkey were...

Turkey under the AK Party Rule From Dominant Party Politics

Turkey under the AK Party Rule: From Dominant Party Politics to Dominant Party System?

The Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) more than 13 years rule has ushered in a debate as to whether the AK Party has become a “dominant...

The CHP in the June and November 2015 Elections An

The CHP in the June and November 2015 Elections: An Evaluation on Political Impasse

The electoral will reflected at the ballot box on November 1 confirmed the hegemony of the AK Party in Turkey’s party system and raised numerous...

The MHP s Lost Coalition Opportunity Political Communication Discourse and

The MHP’s Lost Coalition Opportunity: Political Communication, Discourse and Strategies in the June and November 2015 Elections

The November 2015 snap elections mark a lost opportunity for Turkey to form a coalition government between the AK Party and other potential...

The New Middle East ISIL and the 6th Revolt Against

The New Middle East, ISIL and the 6th Revolt Against the West

This paper aims to provide an analysis of the ‘new’ in ‘the new Middle East.’ We argue that what is ‘new’ is the revolt against the West currently...

The Demise of the Authoritarian Bargain in the Arab Middle

The Demise of the Authoritarian Bargain in the Arab Middle East

This paper conceives of the Arab Spring as a leap forward that has relegated the established order to the status of a ‘walking dead.’ The ‘old’...

Is an Islamic Political Economy in the Making across the

Is an “Islamic Political Economy” in the Making across the Middle East and North Africa?: A Path-Dependent Institutional Change Analysis

The Arab Uprisings and their transformational impact across MENA have generated immense debate about the future of the region’s countries during a...

Nuclear Deterrence Missile Systems and the Security of Turkey in

Nuclear Deterrence, Missile Systems and the Security of Turkey in the “New” Middle East

This article explores Turkey’s changing regional security and Ankara’s pursuit of a missile defense shield. We assess three options available to...

Law Ethics and Justice in the Emerging International Order A

Law, Ethics, and Justice in the Emerging International Order: A Study of Turkish Diplomacy under the AK Party Government (2002-2014)

This paper draws on the ‘moral’ dimensions of Turkey’s ‘new’ foreign policy as it became manifest after the Justice and Development Party rose to...

Broadening the Nongovernmental Humanitarian Mission The IHH and Mediation

Broadening the Nongovernmental Humanitarian Mission: The IHH and Mediation

The IHH delivers relief aid to 140 countries worldwide. Quite recently, as a novel humanitarian practice, the IHH has begun acting as a mediator in...

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