Election Losses Are Good News for Turkey’s Ruling AKP

Apr 03, 2019

While the opposition hails the beginning of the end for Turkey’s ruling party, local election setbacks might actually be a blessing in disguise. Just when you thought the ship was steadying, last weekend brought another tumultuous moment in Turkish politics. Local and mayoral elections that...

What Does Turkey’s Election Result Mean for Its Ruling Party?

Apr 02, 2019

While the AKP's electoral base has been loyal to the party this time, there is no certainty this will happen again in the future. The results of the Turkish local elections appear to be quite clear as of now —  at least when it comes to the actual numbers emerging from the polling stations....

Is the AKP Bad News for Turkey?

Nov 04, 2015

A decisive mandate to govern should give the Turkish government pause to consider what it could achieve. Two dominant themes in global media coverage have accompanied the landslide victory by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Turkish general election of November 1. The first is that...

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

Feb 02, 2014

Incompatible visions for Turkey’s future are behind the recent spat. The de facto dispute between the Gulen Movement (GM), led by Fethullah Gulen, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved into the public sphere since the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) crisis last...

The Contemporary Turkish Neighbourhood Policy: The realpolitik behind AKP’s foreign policy choices?

Mar 20, 2011

The incumbent foreign minister of Turkey and professor of international relations, Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, has systematically developed ideas around Turkey’s potential in the current international system and more specifically on how Turkey can become a global actor. The main idea of his...