April 24, 2017

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Turkish Referendum: Democracy No More?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP, the Justice and Development Party, has been running the country since 2002. (Photo by unaoc, CC license)

Turkey’s April 16 referendum will be long remembered as a turning point in the country’s political history.   Turks were asked to grant additional executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bringing an end to the separation of powers. The 18 proposed constitutional amendments grant the Turkish president sweeping authority over the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, including power to ... Read More »

The Survival of Turkish Democracy

Erdoğan and his close associates failed to analyze the effects of wealth and economic factors on democratic survival. (Photo by Michael Fleshman, Creative Commons License)

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu seems to have understood the message given by the Turkish nation after the national election, and he is doing his best to form a coalition government; however, President Erdoğan is doing everything to prevent a coalition. Read More »

Turkey’s Strategic Miscalculation in Middle East

Turkish army's tanks take position along the country's  border with Syria. (Photo from videostream)

The 2011 Arab revolutions hugely effected Turkey's orientation towards the Middle East. Its foreign policy moved from a diplomatic, non-interference policy to an interventionist, revisionist one, even imperialist to some people. In terms of policymaking, Turkey resembled the US, relying on its military might to shape the direction of its foreign relations. But now it risks losing all its gains achieved in the last decade. Read More »

Turkey in Turmoil

Protesters hold placards and Turkish flags at a protest rally at Union Square in New York in 2013. (Photo by Mike Licht, Creative Commons License)

A little more than a decade ago, the Turkish Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and its main protagonist, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, celebrated a historic electoral victory. Founded in 2001, the AKP mobilized a broad alliance —consisting of religious and social conservatives, members of the newly emergent Anatolian middle class, and liberal Turks frustrated with the coalition government of the ... Read More »