Insight Turkey
Insight Turkey
Challenging ideas
On Turkish politics and International affairs

Editor's Note Winter 2015

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 Fall 2013

Editor's Note | Fall 2013

As Turkey prepares for local, presidential and general elections in the next two years, domestic and foreign policy issues are becoming central...

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...

Editor's Note Summer 2012

Editor's Note | Summer 2012

Another hot summer in the Middle East… Tens of thousands of Syrians continue to flee the violence inflicted upon them by Bashar Assad’s regime by...

Editor's Note Spring 2012

Editor's Note | Spring 2012

As the spring issue of Insight Turkey goes to print the Middle East nears another great crisis or even a war. The Syrian quagmire may be the...

Editor's Note Winter 2012

Editor's Note | Winter 2012

The year 2011 left a new Middle East in its wake. People power has toppled powerful authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. What will...

Editor's Note Fall 2011

Editor's Note | Fall 2011

It seems that the 2011 summer elections marks the end of the old maxim that conveniently formulates politics as “the art of the possible.” It is no...

Editor's Note Summer 2011

Editor's Note | Summer 2011

There is no better instrument than the ballot box to decide “who is to govern” if we care about popular legitimacy. No one can question the mandate...

Editor's Note Spring 2011

Editor's Note | Spring 2011

A wave of change has been shaking the Arab Middle East led by Tunisia and Egypt, spreading to Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. We are witnessing...

Guest Editor's Note Winter 2011

Guest Editor's Note | Winter 2011

Turkey’s rejuvenated foreign policy activism firmly constructed on novel conceptual parameters, such as “strategic depth,” “zero problems with...

Editor's Note Fall 2010

Editor's Note | Fall 2010

Turkey’s history of democratization is also a history of constitutional amendments. This is so because the last two Turkish constitutions of 1961...

Guest Editor's Note Summer 2010

Guest Editor's Note | Summer 2010

Whatever glossy expressions we use in describing an energy strategy, at the end of the day it all boils down to the ability to provide our citizens...

Editor's Note Spring 2010

Editor's Note | Spring 2010

Turkey’s political transformation is continuing with new waves of democratization. The latest move is an initiative proposed by the AK Party’s...

Guest Editor's Note Winter 2010

Guest Editor's Note | Winter 2010

Migration and settlement of Turks and Muslims in Europe since the 1960s irrevocably changed the social, cultural, religious and demographic...

Editor's Note Fall 2009

Editor's Note | Fall 2009

When analyzing Islam and democracy, pundits and scholars have tended to focus on Arab-majority countries, all of which are authoritarian. This...

Editor's Note Summer 2009

Editor's Note | Summer 2009

The Turkish political scene did not witness a profound change with the local elections of March 2009. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK...

Editor's Note Spring 2009

Editor's Note | Spring 2009

The Turkish domestic and foreign policy agenda has been occupied by monumental developments over the last three months. Discussions have ranged...

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