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Managing Democratization Achievements and Limitations in AK Party Era
Managing Democratization: Achievements and Limitations in AK Party Era

During its first two terms (2002-2012), AK Party adopted a range of constitutional democratization reforms connected with...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Islam Conservatism and Democracy in Turkey Comparing Turgut Özal and
Islam, Conservatism, and Democracy in Turkey: Comparing Turgut Özal and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

In the absence of a politically influential aristocracy and the entrepreneurial middle class, the political and economic...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Military Political Islam and the Future of Democracy in Egypt
Military, Political Islam, and the Future of Democracy in Egypt

Egypt’s democratization efforts require domestic and international considerations: Domestically, the country must focus on...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy
Theorizing the Transformation of Turkish Foreign Policy

The transformation of Turkish foreign policy has become a closely followed subject, fueling important debates on the...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Turkey s Ergenekon Imbroglio and Academia s Apathy
Turkey’s Ergenekon Imbroglio and Academia’s Apathy

The Gladio Scandal in Europe and, more recently, Turkey’s Ergenekon trials highlight the importance of hidden power...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Civil-Military Relations in the Arab-Majority World The Impacts on Democratization
Civil-Military Relations in the Arab-Majority World: The Impacts on Democratization and Political Violence

How did unbalanced civil-military relations affect democratization and political violence trends in the Middle East and...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Role that the Media Played in the Failure of
The Role that the Media Played in the Failure of the July 15 Coup Attempt

On the night of the July 15th coup attempt in Turkey both social and conventional media played important roles. Rather...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Türkiye de Militarist Devlet Söylemi Militarist State Discourse in Turkey
Türkiye’de Militarist Devlet Söylemi (Militarist State Discourse in Turkey)

Ali Balcı’s Militarist State Discourse in Turkey is an adaption of the second chapter of his PhD thesis that surveyed the...

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Changing Dynamics of Turkey s Relations with Israel An
The Changing Dynamics of Turkey’s Relations with Israel: An Analysis of ‘Securitization’

The present study seeks to answer the following questions: How was it possible that a state such as Turkey, which had...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Role of the Military in Syrian Politics and 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 2011. I consider the...

Friday, April 1, 2016

Turkey s Proposed Presidential System An Assessment of Context and
Turkey’s Proposed Presidential System: An Assessment of Context and Criticisms

Debates over presidential, semi-presidential and parliamentary government systems have continued unabated in Turkey for...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Rise and Fall of Military Tutelage in Turkey Fears
The Rise and Fall of Military Tutelage in Turkey: Fears of Islamism, Kurdism, and Communism

What explains the rise and fall of military tutelage over Turkish democracy? This article argues that the military’s...

Sunday, April 1, 2012


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