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Turkey’s Growing Military Influence

May 23, 2018

By Gorkem Dirik & Selcuk Aydin     Turkey views itself increasingly compelled to generate new strategies in foreign and security policy by combining both soft and hard power instruments because of the changing dynamics during the post-Arab Spring period. While Turkey was seen as a role model during the Arab Spring for neighboring countries that were … Continue reading “Turkey’s Growing Military Influence”


Reforming the Republic of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Power Project

December 20, 2016

By Kyle R.Brady After the military-led July 2016 coup attempt failed to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July 2016, a counter-coup effort was initiated by Erdogan to remove any alleged co-conspirators from power. At the time, Erdoğan’s retaliation was expected but the initial response was still overblown, with structurally damaging and problematic consequences to … Continue reading “Reforming the Republic of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Power Project”


NATO in the Crucible

October 5, 2016

By. Dr. Zachary Wolfraim Yet again, NATO is having a challenging year. Since the end of the Cold War, the Alliance has demonstrated its repeated ability to pivot and adapt in order to retain some level of relevance in the face of continued international instability. That being said, the newest challenges are coming from within … Continue reading “NATO in the Crucible”


Turkey’s President Erdoğan counter-coup cleanup

September 5, 2016

By: Kyle R. Brady Is President Erdoğan ignoring the lessons of the Iraq War at his peril? Following the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey[1] — wherein factions within the Turkish military and government allegedly conspired to depose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan[2] — the government of Erdoğan now faces a serious and growing threat:  a potential insurgency found within … Continue reading “Turkey’s President Erdoğan counter-coup cleanup”


The time has come to revoke Turkey’s NATO membership (but offer it a lifeline)

May 19, 2016

By: Austin Luce The idea of removing Turkey from the ranks of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would send shockwaves through the international community. Never before has the alliance ousted a member, as the need for unity, especially in the days where a war with the Soviet Union seemed like a real possibility, always superseded … Continue reading “The time has come to revoke Turkey’s NATO membership (but offer it a lifeline)”


Many Problems with Neighbours: The Ankara Attack and the Fragility of the Erdoğan Era

October 21, 2015

By: Jackson Webster On October 10th 2015, two suicide bombings shook Ankara, the Turkish capital, killing almost 100 Turks and wounding hundreds more. As if the death toll was not tragic enough, the victims of the explosions were peace demonstrators. The march in Ankara last Saturday was protesting the current government’s refusal to accept the … Continue reading “Many Problems with Neighbours: The Ankara Attack and the Fragility of the Erdoğan Era”


Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism

September 16, 2015

By Gonenc Uysal: After years of civil war in Syria, that has caused more than 210,000 – mostly civilian – deaths, the international community has recently been shaken by videos of war crimes undertaken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These have included beheadings and mass executions, sexual slavery, child soldiers … Continue reading “Turkey in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis: Security, Democracy and Secularism”


Presidency à la Erdogan: A Perspective on the System of Government and the Future of Turkey

September 25, 2014

By Gonenc Uysal: Turkey had increasingly staged discussions about the system of government when Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkey should have presidency in November 2012[1] (the Turkish system of government is located between parliamentarism and semi-presidentialism).[2] Although the system is parliamentarian, the Constitution of 1982 broadened the President’s fundamental executive, legislative and juridical competences … Continue reading “Presidency à la Erdogan: A Perspective on the System of Government and the Future of Turkey”


From the Gezi Parki protests to the Democratisation Package

December 10, 2013

by Gonenc Uysal It has been just over six months since the start of Gezi Parki protests on 30th May. Amnesty International constantly reported widespread and systematic abusive force and called on police to desist. Amnesty also published a report on the Gezi Parki protests which documented the casualties and the most serious injuries: In … Continue reading “From the Gezi Parki protests to the Democratisation Package”


Unrest in Turkey: from ‘3 or 5 trees’ to ‘democracy’

June 5, 2013

By Gonenc Uysal Recently, the Municipal Government of Istanbul decided to rebuild the Taksim Military Barracks (Topcu Kislasi) in Taksim as either a shopping mall or a hotel. This project involves building over much of Gezi Parki, in Taksim. However, Mayor of Istanbul Topbas and AKP (Justice and Development Party) officials including PM Erdogan denied … Continue reading “Unrest in Turkey: from ‘3 or 5 trees’ to ‘democracy’”


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