Ali Demirdas

Ali Demirdas is a former Fulbright scholar who earned a doctorate in political science from the University of South Carolina, US. He taught international affairs and the Middle East politics at the College of Charleston in South Carolina from 2011 to 2018. He has been published by the National Interest, The Jerusalem Post and Inside Arabia, and he has been translated into more than seven languages.

As Europe Weakens, Turkey Is on the Rise

Sep 29, 2020

The horrific experience of World War II compelled European leaders to establish a supranational organization that is now the European Union, which, if successful, would create among its members, especially between Germany and France, an unbreakable bond, preventing the otherwise “savage continent” from destroying itself once again as it did many...

Discovery of Natural Gas Exposes Turkey’s Political Rifts

Sep 01, 2020

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement on August 21 that Turkey had discovered some 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea has exposed the acutely divided domestic political environment in the country. Whereas the pro-Erdogan camp hailed the development as an important milestone toward the government’s declared ambition...

The Paradoxical State of Turkish Politics

Mar 03, 2020

Recent developments in Turkish politics have left many baffled. More and more Kurdish parents in southeast Turkey are now rising up against the secessionist the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its political wing, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to reclaim their children the PKK forcibly enlisted. At the same time,...

Iran’s Implosion Would Bring Chaos to Eurasia

Dec 04, 2019

The last time Iranians staged a revolution, they overthrew the oppressive Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who ruled his country from 1941 to 1979 with an iron fist. Pahlavi was a staunch US ally, but his reign left millions disgruntled due to unemployment, corruption, soaring inflation and ever-growing income inequality despite...