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On Turkish politics and International affairs

Editor's Note Fall 2017

Editor's Note | Fall 2017

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it took a while for Russia to recover from an existential crisis. As one of the poles of the global system...

Editor's Note Summer 2017

Editor's Note | Summer 2017

The American Presidential election in 2016 is a significant breakpoint in American history for both the uniqueness of the election campaigns and...

Editor's Note Spring 2017

Editor's Note | Spring 2017

Turkey has been experiencing a transformation process since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Then President of Turkey,...

Editor's Note Winter 2017

Editor's Note | Winter 2017

Turkey is located between some of the most penetrated and volatile regions in the world, namely the Middle East, the Balkans, Caucasia and the...

Editor's Note Summer 2016

Editor's Note | Summer 2016

The date of July 15, 2016 is a watershed in the history of democracy as well as in the history of Turkey. On the night of July 15, the world...

Editor's Note Spring 2016

Editor's Note | Spring 2016

The Syrian Crisis, the bloodiest front of the Arab uprisings and one of the main determinants of policies of regional and global powers, has been...

Editors Note Winter 2016

Editors’ Note | Winter 2016

Germany, who challenged the British and its allies twice in the first half of the 20th century, began to reemerge as a global political power and...

Editor's Note Fall 2015

Editor's Note | Fall 2015

2015 was the year of elections in Turkey with two parliamentary elections and months-long election campaigns that dominated the political agenda of...

Guest Editor's Note Summer 2015

Guest Editor's Note | Summer 2015

In a radio broadcast in 1939 Winston Churchill defined Russia in a famous quip as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.’ The chain of...

Guest Editors Note

Guest Editors’ Note

Energy security, at the heart of energy policy, has become central to the dynamics of international relations. Political turmoil has overwhelmed...

Editor's Note | Winter 2015

Religion, religious groups and teo-politics are always most vital topics of the Western politics. The relationship between politics and religion is...

Editor's Note Fall 2014

Editor's Note | Fall 2014

International and mobility migration is of growing magnitude, of growing economic importance and of growing international concern. It cuts across...

Editor's Note Summer 2014

Editor's Note | Summer 2014

The international community faces a series of serious challenges, which need to be urgently addressed otherwise the ongoing conflicts will become...

Editor's Note Spring 2014

Editor's Note | Spring 2014

Fair and transparent elections provide an opportunity for citizens to continue or discontinue with the incumbent administrations and political...

Editor's Note Winter 2014

Editor's Note | Winter 2014

The end of the Cold War ushered in a new era, leading to the transformation of the international system and shifting the power balances among...

Editor's Note Summer 2013

Editor's Note | Summer 2013

Again, momentous events are taking place in Turkey and its neighborhood. A civil unrest hit Turkey for weeks in May and June over a government...

Editor's Note Spring 2013

Editor's Note | Spring 2013

On march 21, almost one million Kurds gathered in Diyarbakir to celebrate the Kurdish New Year, Newroz and listened to the message of Abdullah...

Editor's Note Winter 2013

Editor's Note | Winter 2013

Two years ago the Arab Middle East was shaken by popular uprisings. The events have resulted either in regime change or reforms in some countries,...

Editor's Note Fall 2012

Editor's Note | Fall 2012

The Syrian crisis is deepening. Pro-Assad forces have so far killed more than 30,000 Syrians; hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring...