The Role of Fear in Turkey’s Elections

June 23, 2018

Never mind who’s afraid of President Erdogan — what about his supporters’ fear of life without him? When Turks go to the polls on June 24 — only a little over a year since the controversial referendum that paved the way for a new presidential system of government — the question of...

Turkish Election Call Sparks Fresh Thinking

April 25, 2018

President Erdogan’s snap poll reinvigorates Turkish politics in unexpected ways. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a master at outflanking his political opponents. Despite rumors that an early general election would be called, no one expected it to be quite so last minute. On June...

Turkey Needs a New Constitution

February 06, 2017

The irony of the proposed Turkish constitutional reforms is that they change little. Real reform has been sidelined in the name of security. Turkey needs a new constitution. Yet despite the claims on both sides of the current debate, the mechanics of the system are changing, but not the system...

How Can Turkey Stop the Cycle of Terrorism?

December 11, 2016

Erdogan’s government must seek a political resolution to the deepening conflict in Turkey, which has no end in sight. With the latest terrorist attack on Turkish soil—twin blasts close to the Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul that killed at least 38 people and injured many more—the...

A Lesson in Democracy From Syria

March 11, 2016

There are two visions of a stateless society emerging from the crucible of civil war in Syria—one seeks to enslave the world, the other to free it. Despite what its name suggests, the objective of the “Islamic State” (IS) is the creation of a stateless society, a global caliphate that...

Erdogan’s Rising Hegemony in Turkey

November 05, 2015

In the Turkish elections, President Erdogan passed another critical threshold on his political journey. When the results of June’s parliamentary elections necessitated a coalition to form a government in Turkey, most analysts accurately predicted that this wouldn’t happen and that President...

Bombs and Ballots Bring Uncertainty to Turkey

September 26, 2015

President Erdogan’s security policy threatens to undermine the ruling party ahead of November’s election. Security has significantly worsened in Turkey since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to secure a majority in the June parliamentary election. The resumption of full-scale...

Turkish Government Makes a Strategic Mistake

September 15, 2015

The Justice and Development Party’s nationalist gamble is a mistake in terms of immediate electoral aims and wider strategic goals for Turkey. It has been well-documented that the current Turkish government offensive against the Islamic State (IS) is largely being conducted as a cover for a...

Will Erdogan’s “New Turkey” Become a Reality?

January 20, 2015

Cometh the hour, cometh Erdogan — but there is much in 2015 that can still trip up the president’s plans for a new Turkey. The year ahead is one in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is keen to consolidate the gains of 2014 by institutionalizing reforms he believes will create...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The People’s President

August 08, 2014

The Turkish presidential election will be Erdogan’s finest hour and reveal the dearth of an alternative vision. The Turkish presidential election of August 10 is the second of a three-part political drama unfolding in Turkey in a little over a year. The opening salvo was the March 2014 local...

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