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Insight Turkey > Issues | Trump's America - Summer 2017 / Volume 19, Number 3

Trump's America



Editor's Notes


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 the unexpected results. After Donald Trump declared his electoral victory, getting fewer votes than his rival, Hillary Clinton, in nationwide elections, thousands of Americans poured out into the streets, protested the results and denounced Trump’s presidency.


Commentaries


The Legitimacy Crisis of the U.S. Elite and the Rise of Donald Trump
The American political elite’s legitimacy crisis is demonstrated by Trump’s rise by challenging...

Mr. Trump, Post Nuclear Ban Treaty, NATO’s Nuclear Weapons in Europe are Obsolete
This commentary makes the case as to why the U.S. tactical nuclear weapons that have been...

The Long History of Islam as a Collective “Other” of the West and the Rise of Islamophobia in the U.S. after Trump
In the last two decades, Islamophobia in the West has become mainstream. Covertly, Islamophobia...

Right Wing Populism in the West: Social Media Discourse and Echo Chambers
The commentary examines the roots of electoral shifts towards right wing populist parties and...

Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Incident in July 2017: Affirming the Policy of Deterrence
The whole Middle East region passed through an upheaval and transformation for two weeks in the...

The Belt and Road Initiative and Middle Eastern Politics: Challenges Ahead
Involving sixty countries, the Belt and Road Initiative sparked a global debate because of its...


Articles


Trump and the Rise of the Media-Industrial Complex in American Politics
While controversies and debates proliferate about Trump's Presidency, there is little analysis of...

U.S.-China Competition over Nuclear North Korea
The often-used description in the American mainstream media and geopolitical literature of “North...

Trump and the Middle East: 'Barking Dogs Seldom Bite'
In drafting its Middle East policy, the Trump administration appears to depart from the soft...

Anatomy of the Libyan Crisis
In Libya high hopes for change, experienced in 2012 and 2013 after Muammar Qaddafi was overthrown...

Gülenism as “Religionist” Kemalism
Utilizing Gramsci’s conceptualization of hegemonic struggles through both coercive means of the...

The Role of the Islamic Community in Peacebuilding in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina: Case Study of East Bosnia
The main aim of this paper is to prove that religious communities can play a vital role in...


Review Article


The Democratization Process in Turkey: Theory, Legacy, and Prospects
In one of his articles on the requirements of large-scale democracy and political institutions, Robert A. Dahl warns students of political science by stating, “in ordinary language, we use the word democracy to refer both to a goal or ideal and to an actuality that is only a partial attainment of the goal.” A practical use of this notice in scholarly analyses is to start with the postulate that, “every actual democracy has fallen short of democratic criteria.” Amongst others, Turkish democracy, in this sense, is not exceptional in failing to meet the entangled criteria of actual, and ideal democracy.


Book Reviews


Why Did Europe Conquer The World?
As its name suggests, this is a book that attempts to answer one of the greatest historical...

The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World
The Shape of the New consists of two parts, seven chapters and a conclusion. The subtitle, “Four...

On the State: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1989-1992
The book is a compilation of lectures Bourdieu delivered at the Collège de France between the...

Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
Furthermore, while Central Asia’s urban centers were, as Starr illustrates, already occupied with...

Global Climate Change, Environment and Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities to Global Stability
The book analyzes environmental issues under three main chapters. The first chapter discusses the...

Migration, Ethics & Power: Spaces of Hospitality in International Politics
The author starts by giving important clues about how hospitality should be structured for...

Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education
When we look at important aspects of the book, Gambetta and Hertog’s contribution to the...

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy
The author begins by analyzing the deep state, which as a term originates from near Turkish...

The Circassian: A Life of Esref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent
The Circassian is a successful attempt in two ways. Firstly, Fortna’s chronological design of the...

How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens
One of Viroli’s aims is to refute the common perception that Machiavelli was a ‘teacher of evil’...