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July 15 The Glorious Resistance of Turkish Democracy

July 15: The Glorious Resistance of Turkish Democracy

On 15 July 2016, Turkey experienced a milestone in its political history. An entity, judicially and officially recognized as the Gülenist Terror...

A Historical Perspective on the July 2016 Coup Attempt in

A Historical Perspective on the July 2016 Coup Attempt in Turkey

This paper sets out the historical background to the July 15 coup attempt. It outlines the Turkish armed forces’ age-old interventionist tendencies...

Turkey s Civil Rights Movement and the Reactionary Coup Segregation

Turkey’s Civil Rights Movement and the Reactionary Coup: Segregation, Emancipation, and the Western Reaction

Turkey went through a civil rights movement, or a “silent revolution,” under the AK Party governments between 2002 and 2013, in which the legally...

Measuring Social Perception of the July 15 Coup Attempt

Measuring Social Perception of the July 15 Coup Attempt

This study aims to measure the social perception created by the impact of the July 15 coup attempt. The social picture that emerged during and...

Culture Social Contestation and Turkey s Failed Coup The Rivalry

Culture, Social Contestation and Turkey’s Failed Coup: The Rivalry of Social Imaginaries

This article explores the processes involved in the emergence of rival social imaginaries, as they develop in a cultural ecosystem, relating it to...

Reinvention of Turkish Foreign Policy in Latin America The Cuba

Reinvention of Turkish Foreign Policy in Latin America: The Cuba Case

The current research has the purpose of analyzing Turkey’s approach toward Latin America and the Caribbean region through the prism of soft power...

Gezi Park Protests as a Litmus Test for Mainstream Western

Gezi Park Protests as a Litmus Test for Mainstream Western Media

This article focuses on the coverage of Gezi Park protests in the mainstream western media. It analyzes the details of the incidents and argues...

Freedom and Democratization Turkey s Need for a Paradigm Shift

Freedom and Democratization: Turkey’s Need for a Paradigm Shift in the Media Freedom Debate

When considering the problems of media freedom in Turkey, two types of pressures come to the fore: (1) the first-hand and tangible pressures...

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...

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