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Can the U S Government Accept an Independent Turkish Foreign

Can the U.S. Government Accept an Independent Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East?

The end of the Cold War marked the end of adversary patterns of alignment in the Middle East, and the ebbing dichotomy between the U.S. and USSR...

The Turkish-Kurdish Peace Process Stalled in Neutral

The Turkish-Kurdish peace process began in early 2013 and stalled soon after. During that period, the Kurds expected the government to release KCK...

A Fire in the Minds of Arabs The Arab Spring

A Fire in the Minds of Arabs: The Arab Spring in Revolutionary History

Fire is both the symbol of revolution and its most potent weapon. Much like the American Revolution and other key historic events, the Arab Spring...

International Relations and Migration Management The Case of Turkey

International Relations and Migration Management: The Case of Turkey

States often fall out or collaborate over issues to do with international migration whilst migrants through their very actions shape the...

From Democracy to Military Dictatorship Egypt 2013 Chile 1973

From Democracy to Military Dictatorship: Egypt 2013 = Chile 1973

During the months leading up to July 3, 2013, the state of Egypt mirrored that of Chile 40 years ago. What Egypt’s Mohamed Mursi and Chile’s...

The Iran Nuclear Deal Rewriting the Middle East Map

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

Surveying today’s Middle Eastern and North African landscape offers few straws of hope. Iran’s reemergence producing a potential catalyst for a...

Gezi Park Revolts For or Against Democracy

Gezi Park Revolts: For or Against Democracy?

The anti-government protests in Turkey emerged as a legitimate and even necessary reaction against police brutality to evolved into violent revolts...

Political Culture and National Identity in Conceptualising the Gezi Park

Political Culture and National Identity in Conceptualising the Gezi Park Movement

This essay interprets the Gezi Park protests that began as a local resistance to government plans to level a public park but quickly escalated into...

Ergenekon An Illegitimate Form of Government

Ergenekon: An Illegitimate Form of Government

On August 5th, 2013, an Istanbul court reached its verdict in the Ergenekon coup plot trial, handing down various prison sentences to 247...

Democratization and Relations with the EU in the AK Party

Democratization and Relations with the EU in the AK Party Period: Is Turkey Really Making Progress?

This brief commentary assesses the progress made by Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (the AK Party) toward European Union (EU)...

A New Challenge for Turkey Civil War in Syria

A New Challenge for Turkey: Civil War in Syria

The Arab Spring gave rise to a variety of transitions in the Middle East. Although initial developments in Tunisia and Egypt created optimism,...

Military Political Islam and the Future of Democracy in Egypt

Military, Political Islam, and the Future of Democracy in Egypt

Egypt’s democratization efforts require domestic and international considerations: Domestically, the country must focus on the economy at the...

Insights for Egypt s and Tunisia s Islamists from Turkish

Insights for Egypt’s and Tunisia’s Islamists from Turkish Experience of Democratic Transition

Turkey is achieved a viable combination of Islam, democracy and development. After prolonged periods of political instability and interruptions in...

Gezi Anatomy of a Public Square Movement

Gezi – Anatomy of a Public Square Movement

The Occupy Gezi movement has been a staging ground for the creativity of micro-practices, and it embodies the importance of the politics of...

The Political Reverberations of the Gezi Protests

The Political Reverberations of the Gezi Protests

Although a lot has been said about the Gezi protests, analyses of the events consistently failed on two particular issues. First, in their efforts...

The Gezi Park Protests in Turkey A Qualitative Field Research

The Gezi Park Protests in Turkey: A Qualitative Field Research

Civil protests began on May 27, 2013, in opposition to modernization works planned for Gezi Park near Taksim Square, Istanbul. The events that...

The Clash of Nations in Turkey Reflections on the Gezi

The Clash of ‘Nations’ in Turkey: Reflections on the Gezi Park Incident

This article argues that the devastating mass demonstrations triggered by a humble environmentalist protest in the Gezi Park of İstanbul cannot be...

Gezi Park Negotiating a New Left Identity

Gezi Park: Negotiating a New Left Identity

Unknown to most of the world only a month ago, Gezi Park –the epicenter of Turkey’s June 2013 protests- has rapidly emerged as a historic site for...

Rowhani s Election Promise of Change or More of the

Rowhani’s Election: Promise of Change or More of the Same?

Rowhani’s victory in Iran’s 2013 presidential election is a clear protest vote against his predecessor’s management of the country’s relations with...

Turkey s Kurdish Question and the Peace Process

Turkey’s Kurdish Question and the Peace Process

Turkey currently is witnessing a series of events that are most likely to go down in history as truly important milestones. The country is...

New Peace Talks in Turkey Opportunities and Challenges in Conflict

New Peace Talks in Turkey: Opportunities and Challenges in Conflict Resolution

The restart of peace talks between the Government and the PKK has brought renewed optimism about the possibility to settle a nearly three-decade...

Turgut Özal Twenty Years After The Man and the Politician

Turgut Özal Twenty Years After: The Man and the Politician

Whether Turgut Özal was a good politician remains up for debate. However, there is no question that he indeed was (and is) a significant historical...

Remembering Turgut Özal Some Personal Recollections

Remembering Turgut Özal: Some Personal Recollections

An American ambassador recounts some of his dealings with Turgut Ozal, particularly on the first Iraq war, and provides his personal view of the...

Turkey and the European Union 2014 and Beyond

Turkey and the European Union: 2014 and Beyond

It seems likely that in 2013 Turkey and the EU will restart technical negotiations on one or more chapters. A real breakthrough, however, can only...