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Insight Turkey > Issues | The Syrian Mayhem Quo Vadis? - Spring 2016 / Volume 18, Number 2

The Syrian Mayhem Quo Vadis?



Editor's Notes


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 dominating international politics for the last five years. Having caused the death of more than 300 thousand civilians and forced relocation of more than 7 million Syrians, it is one of the direst international problems that the global powers must deal with.


Commentaries


Geopolitical Realignments around Syria: Threats and Opportunities
The Syrian uprising took the regional powers by surprise and was able to disrupt the regional...

Post-Nuclear Deal Iran: Back to the Fold of Imperialism?
Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, sought to chart out an independent course...

The Multiple Faces of Jabhat al-Nusra/Jabhat Fath al-Sham in Syria’s Civil War
Jabhat al-Nusra has long been one of the most militarily effective armed actors against the...

The Syrian Political Opposition: What Went Wrong?
The uprising against the decades-long Assad rule in Syria started as a series of peaceful...

The Mayhem in Syria: Where to?
What started as a peaceful protest in the spring of 2011 soon developed into one of the most...


Articles


Reinvention of Turkish Foreign Policy in Latin America: The Cuba Case
The current research has the purpose of analyzing Turkey’s approach toward Latin America and the...

Gezi Park Protests as a Litmus Test for Mainstream Western Media
This article focuses on the coverage of Gezi Park protests in the mainstream western media. It...

Freedom and Democratization: Turkey’s Need for a Paradigm Shift in the Media Freedom Debate
When considering the problems of media freedom in Turkey, two types of pressures come to the...

The Role of the Military in Syrian Politics and the 2011 Uprising
In this research I examine the effect of the military on Syrian politics and the uprising of...

The Uncertain Role of the EU Countries in the Syrian Refugee Crisis
This article analyses the EU’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, both inside the EU and in...

What the ISIS Crisis Means for the Future of the Middle East
Despite all the intellectual energy devoted to understanding “what ISIS really is,” the group...


Review Article


Towards a Truly Global IR Theory?: The Middle East and the Upcoming Debate
In 2015, the philosopher Hamid Dabashi published a book with the provocative title, Can Non-Europeans Think?. Over its pages Dabashi echoes authors from what have been labelled “post-colonialism” approaches (from founding fathers like Frantz Fanon to Edward Said, to provocative interlocutors like Gayatri Spivak and Walter Mignolo), and questions the contemporary “regime of knowledge.” According to Dabashi, this by-product of modernity/colonialism silences the voices and experiences of many “subaltern” thinkers whose work is dismissed, neglected and delegitimized.


Book Reviews


Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation
Recently, there has been a growing body of literature on the multifaceted relationship between...

Development in an Era of Neoliberal Globalization
The capitalist development process has been criticized by many scholars due to its questionable...

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue
An avowed atheist, Sam Harris, and Nawaz Maajid, former extremist, and founder of the...

Freedom of Speech and Islam
There have been many debates about whether Islam and democracy are compatible. Freedom of speech...

Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Hitler’s Europe
Emily Greble’s Sarajevo, 1942-1945: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Hitler’s Europe is an...

Perspectives on Turkey’s Multi-Regional Role in the 21st Century
A cursory look at the map of Turkey brings home the appropriateness of the title under review....

The Human Security Agenda: How Middle Power Leadership Defied U.S. Hegemony
There is no doubt that the 1990s were the years when the concept of human security came into...

Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present
It would be understandable, after four years of devastating civil war, to assume the title of...

State, Faith, and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands
In State, Faith, and Nation in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands, Frederick F. Anscombe frames his...

A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War
The First World War (WWI) was the biggest war that the world had ever seen, at least until the...


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