Turkish Football Has a Message for Erdogan

June 11, 2018

Erdogan’s hope that a snap parliamentary and presidential election would easily secure him another term is in question. Electoral upsets have become the norm. The latest upheaval that swept aside the long-standing president of Fenerbahce SC, the political crown jewel of Turkish football, has...

The World This Week: Sultan Erdogan Tightens Grip on Turkey

April 23, 2017

In an age of strong men, the Turkish president has tightened his grip on a profoundly polarized country facing instability and crisis. Like many past weeks, this one was eventful. British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised everyone, including her cabinet, by calling a snap general election....

Purge Risks Weakening Turkish Security Forces

July 22, 2016

Erdogan will likely use the momentum of the crackdown to support his efforts to increase the presidency’s executive powers. The short-lived coup attempt in Turkey was launched by a section of the armed forces on July 15 by the so-called Peace at Home Council. During the ensuing hours, 145...

How Did Turkey End Up Here?

July 18, 2016

As Turkey reels from last week’s failed coup, one-time Istanbul resident Samantha North reflects on how events have unfolded. It is sobering and painful to imagine bad fortune befalling those places you hold dear; to know that the streets that you once frequented and the bridges you once...

The World This Week: Blood on the Bosporus as Purge Follows Failed Coup

July 17, 2016

In a week of much violence, the attempted coup in Turkey marks the limits of appeals to ethnicity or religion as a basis for a state. This week has turned out to be more eventful than a Hollywood action film. In France, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old man of Tunisian origin, ploughed a...

The World This Week: Germany Declares Turkey Guilty of “Armenian Genocide”

June 05, 2016

The German parliament damns Turkey for conducting genocide against Armenians in 1915, achieving little except strengthening President Erdoğan. This week, the European Union (EU) officially warned Poland that changes to its constitutional court endanger rule of law; South Carolina became the...

What Erdogan Does Next

October 31, 2015

The future of Turkey hangs in the balance, and society is more polarized than it has ever been under the AKP. Since the general election of June 2015, which led to a hung parliament, Turkey has found itself embroiled in three instances of terrorism. In each case, the disproportionate victims...

The World This Week: Conflict in Turkey and the Holy Land

October 17, 2015

Erdoğan and Netanyahu are acting cynically to preserve their grip on power, exacerbating the instability and violence engulfing the Middle East. In Ankara, bombings at a rally organized by left-wing organizations led to over 100 dead and more than 400 injured. It was the biggest attack in...

Are We Forgetting About These Syrians?

November 30, 2014

Instead of being able to attend school in their homeland of Syria, children are forced to run around the streets of Istanbul, day and night. I am currently in Turkey, my first time in the country, and I am ashamed to say that I don’t understand any Turkish. I am staying by Taksim Square, a...

New Turkey, Old Challenges: From Fundamental Freedoms to Minority Rights

October 03, 2014

Turkey has a long path ahead before all of its citizens can enjoy the full benefits of citizenship. On August 10, Turkey directly elected its president for the first time since the republic was founded in 1923. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former prime minister, won the election, which called 55...

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