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Kurdish Question
Rise and Fall of the AK Party s Kurdish Peace
Rise and Fall of the AK Party’s Kurdish Peace Initiatives

This study analyzes the peace and reconciliation initiatives of the AK Party governments (2002 until 2017) to address the...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Understanding the AK Party s Identity Politics A Civilizational Discourse
Understanding the AK Party’s Identity Politics: A Civilizational Discourse and its Limitations

The AK Party seeks to respond to four challenges stemming from three confrontations (Islamism, Kemalism, and regional...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Identity Narrative and Frames Assessing Turkey s Kurdish Initiatives
Identity, Narrative and Frames: Assessing Turkey’s Kurdish Initiatives

In 2009 the Turkish government launched a novel initiative to tackle the Kurdish question. The initiative soon ran into...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Turkey s Kurdish Question and the Peace Process
Turkey’s Kurdish Question and the Peace Process

Turkey currently is witnessing a series of events that are most likely to go down in history as truly important...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Turgut Özal Twenty Years After The Man and the Politician
Turgut Özal Twenty Years After: The Man and the Politician

Whether Turgut Özal was a good politician remains up for debate. However, there is no question that he indeed was (and is)...

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ergenekon An Illegitimate Form of Government
Ergenekon: An Illegitimate Form of Government

On August 5th, 2013, an Istanbul court reached its verdict in the Ergenekon coup plot trial, handing down various prison...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Germany s Kurdish and PKK Policy Balance and Strategy
Germany’s Kurdish and PKK Policy: Balance and Strategy

Motivated by the allegations of Germany’s indirect support for the PKK, voiced frequently in recent years among the...

Friday, January 1, 2016

Turkey between Democracy and Militarism Post Kemalist Perspectives
Turkey between Democracy and Militarism: Post Kemalist Perspectives

Turkey between Democracy and Militarism: Post Kemalist Perspectives” provides a comprehensive picture of the struggle...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Understanding Turkey s Kurdish Question
Understanding Turkey’s Kurdish Question

The Kurdish question has been one of the most highly debated issues in Turkey for the last few decades, if not earlier....

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Turkish Domestic Politics in 2009 Towards Normalization
Turkish Domestic Politics in 2009: Towards Normalization

This article analyzes Turkey’s domestic political developments in 2009, by situating them against the results and...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Mapping the Pathways Public Perception and Kurdish Question
Mapping the Pathways: Public Perception and Kurdish Question

The Kurdish initiative announced by the governing Justice and Development Party has increased the discussions on the...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The CHP and the Democratic Opening Reactions to AK Party
The CHP and the “Democratic Opening”: Reactions to AK Party’s Electoral Hegemony

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government has initiated a number of democratic opening initiatives to tackle...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The 2011 Elections and the Kurdish Question1
The 2011 Elections and the Kurdish Question1

This essay argues that the 2011 election results point to a number of important conclusions concerning the Kurdish...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Nationalist Action Party in the 2011 Elections The Limits
The Nationalist Action Party in the 2011 Elections: The Limits of Oscillating Between State and Society

The MHP won 13 percent of the vote in the June 2011 elections, which guaranteed it 52 seats in parliament. Ever since the...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Why Turkey Needs a Post-Kemalist Order
Why Turkey Needs a Post-Kemalist Order

The process of making a new constitution has prompted a debate about the place of Kemalism in the supreme normative order...

Sunday, January 1, 2012


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