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Insight Turkey > Issues | New Constitution, 'New Turkey'? - Fall 2010 / Volume 12, Number 4

New Constitution, 'New Turkey'?



Editor's Notes


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 and 1982 were penned under the military regimes.  As such, a restrictive civil rights regime and institutionalization of the power of the unelected bodies vis-à-vis representative organs characterized these military-made constitutions.


Commentaries


The New Leader for the Old CHP: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu
The CHP constitutes a crucial place in Turkish political life. From its establishment to its...

Democratization and Europeanization in Turkey After the September 12 Referendum
The recent reform of the Turkish constitution makes Turkey a more democratic country according to...

Constitutional Referendum: Farewell to the ‘Old Turkey’
This commentary studies the results of the constitutional referendum that took place on September...

United States and Turkey: Allies at Odds?
Much has been said and written about US-Turkish relations recently. The main reason for that is...

Turkey’s Role in the Middle East: An Outsider’s Perspective
Owing to a changing geopolitical environment and a new foreign-policy approach, Turkey’s policies...


Articles


Geo-Economics of European Gas Security: Trade, Geography and International Politics
This paper hypothesizes that analyzing the geo-economic and energy security characteristics of...

Making of a New State in the Balkans: Kosovo
Kosovo is one of the last states in the Balkan puzzle to gain its independence. The disputed...

Turkey’s Darfur Policy: Convergences and Differentiations from the Muslim World
The effectiveness of the Muslim world in finding a solution to the Darfur conflict is open to...

Turkey as a New Player in Development Cooperation
The past six decades have witnessed Turkey’s evolution from an aid recipient to an emerging donor...

The Turkish Model: Acceptability and Apprehension
Many actors have been interested in probing the approach that enabled Turkey to transform the...

The Armenian Community and the AK Party: Finding Trust under the Crescent
This article aims to explore one of the critical and relatively understudied dimensions of...

Constitutional Court: Its Limits to Shape Turkish Politics
This paper argues that the Turkish Constitutional Court acts within a set of limitations which...

Turkey’s Illiberal Judiciary: Cases and Decisions
Turkey is moving toward achieving an ever-greater level of democracy by removing the remnants of...


Book Reviews


The Obama Moment: European and American Perspectives
When Barack Obama became president of the United States in January 2009, expectations were...

Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus
Andrew March, starting from John Rawls’s concept of overlapping consensus, examines whether or...

A Common Word, Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor
This volume is the first monographsized publication on the most important initiative towards...

German Orientalism: The Study of the Middle East and Islam from 1800 to 1945
Ursula Wokoeck’s book is a dissertation written at the School of History, Tel Aviv University....

Muslim Laws, Politics and Society in Modern Nation States
In this book, the author focuses on Muslim people’s social and legal situation and their legal...

Saudi-Iranian Relations since the Fall of Saddam
This slim volume examines a relationship that is pivotal for the stability of the Gulf and the...

Political Settlements in Divided Societies – Consociationalism and Cyprus
There is a growing literature on what political settlements are to be adopted in deeply divided...

Imagine Europe: The Search for European Identity and Spirituality
Lately, the search for the revival of a European spirit to respond to the continent’s pervasive...

Neighborhood Challenge: The European Union and its Neighbors
The EU’s neighborhood policy presents an alternative perspective to its position on enlargement...

Europe’s Destiny: The Old Lady and the Bull
Scholars and politicians debating the future of Europe usually fall into two camps. There are the...


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