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Bringing the European Union Back on the Agenda of Turkish

Bringing the European Union Back on the Agenda of Turkish Foreign Policy

The EU has been successfully exercising its conditionality as a key aspect of its enlargement strategy since the 1990s. However, with no accession...

Can the Kurdish Left Contribute to Turkey s Democratization

Can the Kurdish Left Contribute to Turkey’s Democratization?

The current peace process regarding Turkey’s Kurdish question could pave the way for the normalization of politics and democratization in Turkey if...

Russia Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership From Common Neighborhood to

Russia, Ukraine and the Eastern Partnership: From Common Neighborhood to Spheres of Influence?

This paper provides an analysis of the most recent changes in Russian foreign policy that became a matter of global concern in the aftermath of the...

Introducing the FPC-TR Dataset Dimensions of AK Party Foreign Policy

Introducing the FPC-TR Dataset: Dimensions of AK Party Foreign Policy

This paper presents the Foreign Policy Circumplex (FPC) coding framework and the (FPC-TR) to identify aspects of Turkish foreign policy behavior...

The Longest Year of Turkish Politics 2014

The Longest Year of Turkish Politics: 2014

Like all long political years, the year 2014 did not begin on January 1st; rather, 2014 politically began at the end of May with the Taksim events....

One Down Two More to Go Electoral Trends in the

One Down, Two More to Go: Electoral Trends in the Aftermath of the March 2014 Municipality Elections

The March 2014 local elections in Turkey did not drastically alter electoral balances in Turkey. The AK Party maintained its predominant position,...

The 2014 Local Elections in Turkey A Victory for Identity

The 2014 Local Elections in Turkey: A Victory for Identity Politics

The context of and the meaning conferred upon the local elections led it to be fought in a referandum-like atmosphere. Prior to the March 30 local...

The Republican People s Party and the 2014 Local Elections

The Republican People’s Party and the 2014 Local Elections in Turkey

Ahead of the 2014 local elections, the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), developed an aggressive outreach campaign to add new...

Syria The Hope and Challenges of Mediation

Syria: The Hope and Challenges of Mediation

The civil war in Syria continues to devastate social and political structures, precipitating floods of refugees and surging populations of...

The Crimean Crisis in the Context of New Russian Geopolitics

The Crimean Crisis in the Context of New Russian Geopolitics

Over the past months, the crisis in Crimea presented the world with a case study on how rapidly national borders may shift in the 21st century. The...

Japan and Turkey The Contours and Current Status of an

Japan and Turkey: The Contours and Current Status of an Economic Partnership/Free Trade Agreement

As the third largest economy in the world, Japan cannot be overlooked in any analysis of Asia’s importance in international geopolitics and the...

Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

The transformation of Turkish foreign policy has become a closely followed subject, fueling important debates on the underlying reasons, resources,...

Geopolitical Codes in Davutoğlu s Views toward the Middle East

Geopolitical Codes in Davutoğlu’s Views toward the Middle East

Critical geopolitics, which is a relatively new field of study for scholars of international relations, seeks to understand and analyze how...

A Golden Age of Relations Turkey and the Western Balkans

A Golden Age of Relations: Turkey and the Western Balkans During the AK Party Period

This article provides a general overview of Turkey’s relations with the Western Balkans during the AK Party government. Although the Western...

Turkey s Humanitarian Diplomacy and Development Cooperation

Turkey’s Humanitarian Diplomacy and Development Cooperation

During the last decade international development assistance became an indispensable aspect of Turkish foreign policy. While expanding development...

The Gezi Protests An Outburst at Turkey s Shatter-Zone

The Gezi Protests: An Outburst at Turkey’s Shatter-Zone

The purpose of this paper is to examine the social and political causes of the Gezi protests, and their long- and short-term impact on Turkey’s...

Turkey s Ergenekon Imbroglio and Academia s Apathy

Turkey’s Ergenekon Imbroglio and Academia’s Apathy

The Gladio Scandal in Europe and, more recently, Turkey’s Ergenekon trials highlight the importance of hidden power networks behind the façade of...

Roaring in Libya Whispering in Others UN Security Council s

Roaring in Libya, Whispering in Others: UN Security Council’s Posture During the ‘Arab Spring’

This paper examines the position of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during the Arab revolutions of 2010-2013. In the early 1990s, the...

Euro-Turks in the Contemporary European Imaginary

Euro-Turks in the Contemporary European Imaginary

Do perceptions of Muslim communities differ among receiving European societies? Are attitudes towards Euro-Turks more critical than other groups?...

Constitutional Amendments Under the Justice and Development Party Rule

Constitutional Amendments Under the Justice and Development Party Rule

Turkey’s 1982 Constitution does not reflect the values of modern constitutionalism. Originally, the Constitution maintained a state-centered,...

The Turkish Economy During the Justice and Development Party Decade

The Turkish Economy During the Justice and Development Party Decade

During the 1990s, political uncertainties in Turkey had negative effects that left the economy vulnerable to public and foreign debt due to high...

Civil-Military Relations During the AK Party Era Major Developments and

Civil-Military Relations During the AK Party Era: Major Developments and Challenges

The remarkable transformation of Turkish civil-military relations since the AK Party’s rise to power has not led to total democratization in this...

Turkey s Education Policy During the AK Party Era 2002-2013

Turkey’s Education Policy During the AK Party Era (2002-2013)

The AK Party has been a leading reform actor with particular emphasis on education. AK Party governments implemented educational reforms to...

After Gezi Moving Towards Post-Hegemonic Imagination in Turkey

After Gezi: Moving Towards Post-Hegemonic Imagination in Turkey

his paper discusses the conflict between the AK Party government and the Gezi activism with reference to hegemony, power-resistance dichotomy,...

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