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Islamophobia Neoliberalism and the Muslim Other

Islamophobia, Neoliberalism, and the Muslim ‘Other’

Articles

Muslim communities have been racialized as ‘Other’ for over 1,400 years.1 The manner in which the figure of the Muslim has been invoked as a threat...

The Post-September 11 Rise of Islamophobia Identity and the Clash

The Post-September 11 Rise of Islamophobia: Identity and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ in Europe and Latin America

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Islamophobia exploded across ‘the West,’ but particularly in Europe. While Muslims were...

From Zero-Sum to Positive Sum Cultivating Political Settlement and Reform

From Zero-Sum to Positive Sum: Cultivating Political Settlement and Reform in Libya

Commentaries

In this commentary, we advocate for a comprehensive framework to address the political, economic, and social challenges facing Libya. The proposal...

Turkey s Role in the Reconstruction of Libya

Turkey’s Role in the Reconstruction of Libya

Commentaries

The relationship between Turkey and Libya is deeply rooted in common history and culture which provides strong foundations for a strategic...

Strange Bedfellows Why France s Emmanuel Macron and His Autocratic

Strange Bedfellows: Why France’s Emmanuel Macron and His Autocratic Friends Are Attempting to Impose Another Strongman in the MENA Region

Commentaries

France has lately edged ever closer to a number of autocracies in Africa and the Middle East. Notably, in the name of combating “Islamic terrorism”...

The Protracted Civil War in Libya The Role of Outside

The Protracted Civil War in Libya: The Role of Outside Powers

Commentaries

The collapse of the Muammar Qaddafi regime was ostensibly the prelude to a democratic Libya. The 2012 election elicited much optimism. By 2014, the...

Turkey s Military Spending Trends A Reflection of Changes in

Turkey’s Military Spending Trends: A Reflection of Changes in Defense Policy

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The existing body of research on defense spending contains two main theses that appear in the much-debated discourse of “guns versus butter.” The...

Transformation of the Turkish Defense Industry The Story and Rationale

Transformation of the Turkish Defense Industry: The Story and Rationale of the Great Rise

Commentaries

Tracing the evolution of the Turkish defense industry through five major periods of development, this article draws attention to crucial turning...

Making the Arab World Nasser Qutb and the Clash that

Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash that Shaped the Middle East

Book Reviews

It is the historical roots of the clash between the Islamists and the nationalists in Egypt, that culminated in the bloody coup in Egypt in 2013...

The Power of Law vs the Power of Arms The

The Power of Law vs. the Power of Arms: The Turkish Judiciary’s Test with the Coup

Commentaries

Thousands of judges and prosecutors in Turkey risked their lives to inquire into the activities of an armed group and defended the law against...

The Hell of Good Intentions America s Foreign Policy Elite

The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

Book Reviews

The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy offers readers a persuasive explanation that aims to...

Identity Conflict and Politics in Turkey Iran and Pakistan

Identity, Conflict and Politics in Turkey, Iran and Pakistan

Book Reviews

This edited volume is a comprehensive text examining the relationship between identity politics and conflict management. The book works across...

Qatar Small State Big Politics

Qatar: Small State, Big Politics

Book Reviews

Gaining independence from Britain in 1971 and enjoying enormous oil and natural gas resources, Qatar has exerted extraordinarily large influence...

Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace A Critical Interrogation of

Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace: A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict

Book Reviews

Michális S. Michael and Yücel Vural’s edited volume of Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace: A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict has its roots in...

The Sovietization of Azerbaijan The South Caucasus in the Triangle

The Sovietization of Azerbaijan: The South Caucasus in the Triangle of Russia, Turkey and Iran, 1920-1922

Book Reviews

The Sovietization of Azerbaijan is a political history of the occupation of the sovereign Azerbaijan state in 1920 by Soviet Russia, and of the...

Erdoğan s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Erdoğan’s Personal Diplomacy and Turkish Foreign Policy

Articles

In recent years, one of the most popular concepts in Turkish foreign policy has been public diplomacy, which refers to government activities to...

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before During and After the

Relations between Russia and Turkey Before, During, and After the Failed Coup of 2016

Articles

Increasing cooperation between Russia and Turkey date back to the 1990s, and go beyond the preferences of a specific political party or leader. A...

The World Is Bigger than Five A Salutary Manifesto of

“The World Is Bigger than Five”: A Salutary Manifesto of Turkey’s New International Outlook

Articles

President Erdoğan has expressed his objection to the current structure of the UN with the motto “the world is bigger than five.” The international...

Preventive Detention in Counter-insurgencies The Case of Kashmir

Preventive Detention in Counter-insurgencies: The Case of Kashmir

Commentaries

This paper offers an analysis of preventive detention in the context of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It primarily explores the...

Turkey the U S Russia and the Syrian Civil War

Turkey, the U.S., Russia, and the Syrian Civil War

Commentaries

This commentary provides an analysis of the Turkey’s relations with the U.S. and Russia in the context of the Syrian civil war. Owing much to the...

A Three-level Analysis of Turkey s Crisis with the U

A Three-level Analysis of Turkey’s Crisis with the U.S.-led Order

Commentaries

Starting in 2013, Turkish-American relations have been undergoing one of the deepest and most alarming crises since the 1940s. Ankara, a NATO...

Questioning Modernity in Indonesia and Malaysia

Questioning Modernity in Indonesia and Malaysia

Book Reviews

Modernity, as it stands in the book, refers to a theoretical set of facile tools which improve an individual’s socio-political and rational life by...

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